The mission of LowellIrish is to collect and preserve the history and cultural materials, which document the presence of the Irish community in Lowell. As the first immigrant group in a city that continues to celebrate its immigrant past, LowellIrish will serve as an advocate to support a better understanding of the historical, political, religious, and social function the Irish played in the formation of the city.
One of my areas of interest is ancient Celtic poetry, especially from the monastic period. There is a beauty that transcends time, theologies, and culture. As we celebrate Christmas, I'd like to send you a beautiful thought for this season written by an anonymous, 9th century monk. To close, I'd like to leave you with a bit of music from my visit to the Belfast Museum in August. Peace
I have news for you:
The stag bells, winter snows, summer has gone
Wind high and cold, the sun low, short its course
The sea running high.
Deep red the bracken; its shape is lost;
The wild goose has raised its accustomed cry,
cold has seized the birds' wings;
season of ice, this is my news.