From a young age we were inculcated with a deep respect for our surroundings. Beauty was something that didn’t go unobserved and we delighted in pointing out our ‘new’ discoveries to each other. We noted the seasons and knew where to find wild strawberries, hazel nuts and ‘robbing orchards’ was a pastime not a criminal offense.
We swam in the rivers and walked the roads freely, we knew our neighbours by name, including their pets, and more importantly, our neighbours knew us.
In my own house there was always a ‘little bird’ ready to bring home tales of any mischief I might have been thinking about, never mind what I actually got up to.
My name is Fiona.
I grew up at the foothills of Slievenamon in County Tipperary. As with most mountains in Ireland we have our folklore too, perhaps some day I’ll do a write up on the events that have taken place both historical and mythical, but for now I’ll try and stay focused on introducing myself so that you’ll get the gist of who I am, where I am and why I’m doing this.
I have a deep love, or grá might be a better word, for what’s around me. I live with nature, no matter where I reside, I am conscious of who I share my world with, and as best I can I try to keep them in mind. We all have a knock-on effect whether we are aware of it or not, being ignorant of our imprint in our surroundings doesn’t remove our responsibilities of it. I have a wide and varied group of friends, from the arts, from other nature lovers, from work and the thread that binds us all seems to be compassion.
We all have political opinions and I’m no different. I am, as most other people are at the moment, baffled as to the decisions that our ‘leaders’ have made and taken on ‘our’ behalf … as I chat away with a lot of the readers of The Irish Way facebook page I realised that the disillusionment with political structures is a world wide response to the financial crisis that faces too many people today.
And it’s this financial crisis that left myself and hundreds of thousands of other people, out of work..
I come from a background in psychology.
So it’s from here that I begin, again. I turned corners and found myself on a new road taking new steps and these steps are taking me in a whole new exploration of Ireland.
I hope you’ll join me as I explore the familiar and unfamiliar, meeting people and sharing in a bit of banter. I have no idea where this road is going to lead but it’s the journey that matters and I am both humbled and delighted that I get to share this journey with so many of you.
So … that’s it … that’s us in a nutshell.
But before I sign off, I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to the thousands of you who have already shown such encouragement, it’s because of you’re support that I am taking on this whole new adventure and wandering around the roads again.
Thank you for your company along The Irish Way.