Sad Irish tale washes up on the rocky shores of County Donegal

Brent Northup

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At the Cinemark

I always welcome a visit to the western coast of Ireland, whether by foot or by film.

In February 2020 I stayed two nights in Sligo. I visited Yeats’ grave, walked his beaches and enjoyed a Guinness in a small waterfront pub. WB was there and bought my pint, while reminding me that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

My spirit renewed, I flew safely back and hid at home for a year, teaching by laptop. Memories of Ireland kept my mind off my digitally compromised classes.

Lucky shamrocks permitting, I hope to see Ireland again in February, my 21st trip, I believe. My parents told me my ancestors are buried in German and English soil, but my green heart claims Ireland.

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No surprise that I welcomed “God’s Creatures,” a film shot in the fishing port of Teelin, on the shores of County Donegal.

Emily Watson

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