Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
The village of Dingle is a fishing port
Kildysart Cemetary, County Clare
Kildysert is south west of the city of Innis in County Clare. Located along the west bank of the Shannon, Kildysart is a farming and dairy farm area. It's the ancestral home of our staffer, Carol Kilroy
Background photo was taken at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Bunratty (Bun Ráite) Castle, County Clare, is an authentic medieval (15th century) Irish Tower House. Visitors can enjoy a complete Medieval dinner served by singing waiters and waitresses. Anthony Kearns once worked here as a waiter.
When boyhood's fire was in my blood
I read of ancient freemen,
For Greece and Rome who bravely stood,
Three hundred men and three men;
And then I prayed I yet might see
Our fetters rent in twain,
And Ireland, long a province, be.
A Nation once again!

A Nation once again,
A Nation once again,
And Ireland, long a province, be
A Nation once again!
A NATION ONCE AGAIN
Thomas Davis
And from that time, through wildest woe,
That hope has shone a far light,
Nor could love's brightest summer glow
Outshine that solemn starlight;
It seemed to watch above my head
In forum, field and fane,
Its angel voice sang round my bed,
A Nation once again!

A Nation once again,
A Nation once again,
And Ireland, long a province, be
A Nation once again!
It whispered too, that freedom's ark
And service high and holy,
Would be profaned by feelings dark
And passions vain or lowly;
For, Freedom comes from God's right hand,
And needs a Godly train;
And righteous men must make our land
A Nation once again!

A Nation once again,
A Nation once again,
And Ireland, long a province, be
A Nation once again!
Born shortly after the 1798 Rebellion, Thomas Davis entered a world where the Irish were getting their first taste of legal representation in the British Parliament and religious freedom for the Catholics. During his short life (1814 - 1845), the "Young Irelanders" movement grew from Davis' patriotic writing, political beliefs and those of several like-minded colleagues. The failure to advance their initial freedoms led Davis to publish a weekly newspaper, "The Nation." Among the paper's slogans were "Educate that you may be Free," and its aim "to direct the popular mind and sympathies of educated men of all parties to the great end of Nationality."

Davis wrote numerous patriotic ballads, one of which was "A Nation Once Again". This ballad, now a song, is an accurate rendition of Davis' and his colleagues' beliefs.
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