The Life and Work of Jack B. Yeats

Jack B. Yeats (29 August 1871 – 28 March 1957 )

Jack Butler Yeats, the fourth son or artist John Butler Yeats, bother of poet Wiliam Butler Yeats, was born 1871, London. Jack B spent most of his youth in County Sligo, living with his mothers parents William and Elizabeth Pollexfen. So influential was his early years in Sligo that Jack B said each painting he created had somewhere in it a thought of Sligo.

Yeats’ studied art in South Kensington, at the Government School of Design, then later he continued his education at the prestigious Westminster School of Art. His family had an affiliation with the sea, his grandfather William being a seaman, and they moved to the Devon coast. Yeats’ love of Ireland and Sligo brought him back to Ireland regularly.


In 1898, Yeats visited the grave of Theobold Wolf Tone, political leader of the United Irishmen, and there after his art subjects was exclusively of Ireland and the Irish people. In 1899, his body of work, Sketches of Life in the West of Ireland, was put on display in both Dublin and London.

Jack B started his career as an illustrator, working mostly in watercolour, with most of his artwork being print in books, magazines, posters, journals and theatrical productions.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, he did not subscribe to a particular art movement, and his work changed dramatically over the years, becoming less illustrative and more bold, abstract and energetic, responding to his subjects in a unique and very personal way.

The theme of his work was mostly of the West; the land, sea, race meetings, ordinary people in ordinary settings. He managed to reflect the depth, character and individuality of the people he painted, conveying emotion and their humanity.

Besides painting, Yeats was a prolific writer, and in his lifetime he completed six novels, numerous poems and several plays. He retained his interest in theatre, and in 1905 he joined playwright John Millington Synge in travels around the coast of Galway and Mayo and contributed to work on the the book The Aran Islander. Synges’ photographs of the island inhabitants greatly influenced much of his latter work of paintings of fishermen and scenes of roof thatching.

Yeats moved back to Ireland in 1910, typically taking residence by the sea in Greystones, County Wicklow.

It was a time of change in Ireland, as the country struggled to find it’s on sense of national identity. Yeats sympathy was with the Irish, and his own Irish Nationalism grew in the days leading to the 1916 Rising. Some of the works he regarded as his best included a painting titled A Political Meeting, and he wrote Bachelors Walk, in Memory as a memorial to a group of Irish people who had been shot down by British troops. Another work of this time was of fallen Fenian leader O’Donovan Rossa.

Later he located to Dublin city, and produced many works documenting the city and it’s people. His work from 1905 onward was, dramatic, strong, painting mostly in oils. The next two decades saw his work evolve into an impasto style with energetic brush marks and use of brighter colours. After 1940 he preferred to work with palette knife, rejecting the use of line, seeking to represent the emotion of an event rather than the form.

His work changed again after the passing of his wife in 1947, becoming more expressive, he used his fingers and palette knife, applying paint directly from the tube, passionately expressing emotion and optimism is bright colours. Yeats retained a keen interest in theatre throughout his entire life and was close friend of Synge and Samuel Beckett.

In 1957, Yeats died in Dublin, and was buried in Mounte Jerome Cemetery in Harold’s Cross on the south side of the city. His work earned him the title of most important Irish artist of the 20th century, and many of his paintings are exhibited in The National Gallery, Dublin.


Golf Courses In Ireland

by Admin · April 20, 2011

Author: Ron Mills

In Ireland golf courses abound, both links and parklands varieties, about 410 in total, and this is a good number compared to the population of almost 6 million (4 million people in the Republic of Ireland, and 1.8 million in Northern Ireland). Ireland is one of the world’s great venues for a dream golfing holiday.

Irish Links golf courses are usually found around the coastline where they’ve been scratched out of the abundant sand dunes, where the wind often challenges players, especially on the west Atlantic Coast side of the island. Their designers have also used the proximity of water to make the game on these courses more interesting. One of the most famous links courses is the Ballybunion Old Course, whose contures and sea breazes challenge every player.

Parkland golf courses are mainly inland amongst the naturally hilly landscape where woodlands provide tree-lined fairways, which are used to advantage by their designers to test the competence of even the best of the pros. A notable parkland’s course is the K Club just outside Dublin, which has been chosen to hold the Ryder Cup in September 2006. The Slieve Russell course in the Irish midlands is also another fine example.

Seven of Irelands golf courses are included in a list of the best 100 golf courses worldwide (Golf Digest)

They are: In Northern Ireland: Royal Portrush Golf Club (Dunluce) and the Royal County Down In the Irish Republic: the “Old” golf club of Ballybunion (in the 1st ten world ranking), Lahinch, Portmarnock, The European Club and Waterville golf club.


Golf high season: June, July, August

Mid golf season: May, September, October

Low golf season: November through to April

Book tee times well in advance of your vacation. About 20% of Ireland’s golf courses have their own website on which you can make a booking. Visit the author’s website to see a list of them. – Ireland Golf Vacation

Take care of how you dress. You may have difficulty at some venues if you do not take notice of the following advice regarding clothing. Wear proper shirts with sleeves and collars, golf shoes and sports socks, trousers or smart, tailored shorts. Clothes NOT TO WEAR include – denims, short shorts, trainer shoes or runners, track suits, sweaters without shirts, clothing with slogans.

Always be at the course well before your tee time. Most courses allow spikes – some encourage their use in wet weather. Many links courses do not allow motorised golf buggies because of the hilly terrain.

Take your handicap certificate with you as many golf courses will insist on visualising it. The handicap limit will usually be 28 for men, and 36 for women.

If you are taking your own golf clubs with you, you’ll need to acquire a very strong golf bag to protect them during manhandling by luggage personnel. Some find an easier solution is to hire golfing equipment in Ireland, in which case this should be done at the earliest time, when booking tee times.

You’ll find a friendly welcome not only from the Irish golfing community, but also from the population in general. Ireland has now become a very popular venue for a stimulating golfing vacation.

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Irish Sayings – I’ll leather the legs from under ya’

things-said-by-irish-mothers-9154753Back in the day (when parents could slap kids), you’d often hear this threat when out and about…

“I’ll leather the legs from under ya’…”

It wasn’t an idle threat either. The usual application was for the parent (I only saw mothers doing it) to grab the offending child by one wrist, raising their arm high, while the mother stooped over and swung furiously with her free hand at the back of the child’s legs.

Of course, the child would leap in the air at every attempt that their poor mother made to deliver a stinging blow. Often mammy and child began to go round and round in circles, her swinging, the child leaping, until she managed to land a satisfying slap on the delinquent’s leg.

The ordeal wasn’t over just yet, as the slap was usually followed by ‘a good giving out to’, more threats of ‘you wait till your father gets home’ and various other phrases designed to send a chill down the reckless youth’s spine.

No doubt, on many occassions (after mammy cooled down) there was plenty hugs and kisses dished out too.

Of course ‘leg leathering’ is now a thing of the past, and I’m sure most of us (particularly unruly children) are relieved at it’s passing; though some would say it did them no long-term harm, and possibly some good, but that’s a debate for another day.

Thanks Very Much To Your Good Self

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The Truth About Irish Family Tartan’s Revealed

by Peter · Published April 1, 2015 · Updated November 3, 2015

Another informative video from Mike OLaughlin. In this video he dispels the myth of the Irish originating their own family tartan’s.

Check it out.

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Walk Mount Brandon on The Dingle Peninsula

For hikers and mountaineers visiting the west of Ireland, Mount Brandon on Dingles Peninsula is a place you must visit.

Not only will you enjoy the challenge of the mountain itself, but we hope you will be inspired by the peninsula’s landscapes, seascapes and the rich heritage that surrounds this high region generally referred to as the Brandon Group. The mountain’s rough rocky landscape is a result of a grating ice-age glacier that pulled and gouged the earth as it melted, shifted and receded.

Mount Brandon ridge is the ninth highest in Ireland, and offers spectacular views of the region. On clear day you may even hope to see the ‘Unknown Continent’ to the west (Newfoundland USA) that inspired the areas famous Saint Brendan to embark on his daring voyage to reach that land and bring religion to its natives. In fact, the mountain range is named after Saint Brendan who stayed on the mountain and fasted, prayed and prepared for his famous voyage.

His amazing and successful journey that took him and his fourteen monks seven years to complete, and is just one facet of the rich heritage of the Dingle Peninsula. Indeed, Brendan is the patron saint of Kerry and his journey has inspired many people around the world. Among these people was travel adventurer and author Tim Severin, who in the 1970’s set out from Brandon Creek in a boat similar to Brandon’s to retrace the journey and live the experience.

Walkers make regular trips to the mountain and Christian pilgrims also follow the ancient path now known as The Saints Road, and is marked with many small white crosses along the path. At the summit there is a large metallic cross to mark the end of the walk. This path greatly pre-dates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and some historians believe it was originally a pagan pilgrim path for the greatest of all Irish deities, the sun god Lug Lámh Fada (Lug Of The Long Reach). No doubt pagans still walk this track to the ridge of the mountain to this very day.

If you mean to hike Mount Brandon alone, ensure you prepare for any type of weather, make sure you have warm clothes and strong hiking boots. Also include rain gear and snacks in your pack. You can also join organised walks with local walking clubs or go with a pre-booked Dingle Peninsula walking tour. If walking alone, make sure your inform people of your destination, your route and a time you expect to return.

You may also wish to bring a survival bag and survival blanket (metallic, extra water and signalling glow-sticks. There have been fatalities on Mount Brandon so please take every precaution to ensure you have an enjoyable and safe trip.

If on a clear day, you may be able to see Brendan’s ‘Unknown Continent’ to the west…


O’Brien Clan

by Admin · Published April 20, 2011 · Updated May 19, 2014

Greetings from the O’Brien Clan Of Torrance

In dedication to all the heroic men in this tribe, that have so bravely served

the call of their country. –

Down through the ages, the O’Briens have always accepted the challenge, to fight

for freedom and liberty.-

I will always be grateful for being a descendent of all the courageous Irish warriors of the O’Brien Clan.


We are descendants of Michael & Mary O’Brien from the line of Brian Roe O’Brien, S.1277 ancestor of the Mac I-brien of Ara.- Of late Kilcor Castle, Castlelyons, co. Cork

Michael and Mary homesteaded in French Creek, Allamakee, co. Iowa in 1854 – ( are you a relative ?? ) Peter R. O’Brien

The O’Brien Clan Mardi Gras Banquet 2007, Hotel Portofino and Yacht Club, Redondo Beach, California

The O’Brien Clan and friends gathered for the first ever O’Brien Clan Foundation fundraising event, on February 20, 2007, at a Mardi Gras themed banquet held in honor of Sir Conor, “The O’Brien” Prince of Thomond. and Chief of the Name, who flew in from County Clare, Ireland to join the distinguished guests in the Bayview Ballroom of the famed Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club. Peter and Margaret O’Brien of the O’Brien Clan of Torrance joined James O’Neill O’Brien, President of the South Bay Chapter of the O’Brien Clan as hosts and hostess of the gala and raffle that raised thousands of dollars for the O’Brien Clan Foundation.

The attendees pictured above with the Brian Boru Millenium Banner included from left to right: Kory Khaledi, Cathy Khaledi, Peter R. O’Brien, Kilian Tracy, Heather O’Brien, Erma Jean Tracy, Charlene O’Brien, James O’Neill O’Brien, April O’Brien, Wendy O’Brien, Sir Conor “The O’Brien”, Margaret O’Brien, Ray O’Brien, Kelly O’Brien, Michael McMahon, Miriam Seehausen, Scott Seehausen.

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Irish Quotations

by Admin · Published June 22, 2011 · Updated May 15, 2014

Ireland is known the world over for its witty Quotations, Proverbs and Blessings. Why not study some below and recite them to impress and wow your companions.

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