Kilbirnie / North Ayrshire, Poems, Uncategorized

To Our Friends in Canada

Brightly burns the glow of friends
constant, true and pure
No one can claim he has no kin
where Love always endures

A lamp that´s lit by Kin´s red flame
of blood spilt on the earth
for need of Love, a better life
on your land boats did berth

The boys who glowed within the light
were taken in your arms
for in the darkness their was hope
of new lives safe from harm

So to friends on distant shores
for many and the few
and a toast to those we cannot name
lost in the sea of blue

Kilbirnie / North Ayrshire, photos/images/video, Uncategorized

St Brigids Church History 1862-1962 #kilbirnie #northayrshire @bridgetprimary

please click here for the document (PDF)

This 26 page document produced in 1962 looks at Catholicism on the west coast of Scotland and details how the  Church in Kilbirnie came to be  opened in 1862. It contains a photo of the first priest  ( I already posted his death certificate on this blog) as well as the  surnames of all of the first Catholic families to worship in the Church which is very good for genealogy researchers.  It gives a rare glimpse of Catholic life on the west coast of Scotland and also talks about the opening of the school as well as other Churches in the area.





Gaelic, Uncategorized


In previous posts, we have discussed how to revive Gaelic in a way that it has a solid future. In order to do this we need to consider the prionnsabal (principle) which will be the basis of it moving forward.

Any pedagogical structure which demonstrates learning needs to have a solid prionnsabal upon which the revival will operate. This could be defined as “Anam” or the Soul of the project.

We already talked in previous posts that this may be interwoven with a creative idea, or brotherhood with practical ideas.

A good place to begin is to imagine a star with 6 points (perhaps something looking like a star of David) or a sun with six rays and the word prionnsabal in the middle. What other 6 adjectives or nouns can we use to define the “anam” of the thing?

To recap, we are doing this because simply reviving Gaelic on a principle of nationalism or political process is doomed to fail as it lacks Love and practical ideas. It also fails to deal with the ailing moral and spiritual decline amongst Gaels who are either held prisoner, metaphorically speaking, by the Church or else turning to drugs because of the emptiness they feel.

A prionnsabal or Principled system will give a correct structure not only to learning but will remove egotistical ideas, forcing each of us to examine our motives why we want to learn and promote Gaelic.