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And Winter Came - Eyna
by Bridget Haggerty

There are more than 500 reviews of this album on amazon and just about all of them are either four or five stars. It's no surprise to this reviewer as this is an absolutely beautiful CD which has become one of my all-time favorite Christmas recordings. From the opening title tune to the last carol sung in Irish, i can play it over and over without tiring of listening to each and every single track. That said, one song in particular never fails to put me in the Christmas spirit: White is in the Winter Night. Masterfully arranged, it's easy to imagine being in a horse-drawn sled, the sound of the horses' hooves beating in time to the chorus:

"Green is in the mistletoe
And red is in the holly
Silver in the stars above
That shine on everybody
Gold is in the candlelight
And crimson in the embers
White is in the winter night
That everyone remembers."

Most of the cuts are original pieces with just two tracks devoted to traditional Christmas material - O Come, O Come Emanuel and Oiche Chuin (Silent Night in Irish). Both are exceptional and capture perfectly the spiritual beauty of the season. All in all, if you're an Enya fan, I would encourage you to add this CD to your collection - you won't be disappointed. I bought it when it was first released 2008 and as one amazon reviewer pouted out, "there is a reason why it reached #1 on Amazon's best seller list! Every track is outstanding in its own way, there isn't a bad song on it." I couldn't agree more.

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Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Fungie, the Dolphin of Dingle Bay

The dolphin is one of Ireland’s most fascinating mammals and Fungie is the most famous. He is a fully- grown bottlenose who is 13 feet (4 meteres) long and weighs about 500 lbs or around one-quarter tonne.
Fungie was first noticed in 1984 when Paddy Ferriter, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse keeper, began watching a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from port. 
Later that year, it became officially recorded that Fungie was a permanent resident of the entrance channel to Dingle and the self-appointed “pilot” of the fleet. 
Over the years Fungie has developed from a timid but inquisitive observer of the human visitors into a playful, though mischievous, companion.  From observation of marks on his body, it seems that he does 'interact' with other whales, dolphins or porpoises, proving perhaps he is neither hermit nor outcast from his own kind, but rather that he is simply content to spend most of his time in and around Dingle Bay.

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