Whispering Stones

Bernice Cooke

The buildings that we don't know about, the History that didn't feature in our School books. Irish history, local history, the people, the places, the stories. Whispering their stories as we walk amongst what was and now what isn't. From battlefields, to Castles, Forts to Island Prisons, Famine Graves to forgotten cottages. When have you really looked off the beaten path at the history that emanates from our surroundings. The places that don't feature on a tourist map, those places you stumble upon when out for a walk. What, why, who and where answered in each episode. read less
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Echoes of Rahan: Unveiling the Sacred Stones
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Echoes of Rahan: Unveiling the Sacred Stones
In the captivating podcast episode titled "Echoes of Rahan: Unveiling the Sacred Stones," listeners are transported to the enchanting village of Rahan in County Offaly, a place steeped in history and spirituality. This episode delves into the rich tapestry of Rahan's past, beginning with its foundation in the 5th century by Camelacus under the direction of Saint Patrick, and its subsequent re-foundation by St. Carthage, also known as Mochuda. The narrative weaves through the evolution of Rahan, spotlighting the architectural marvels and spiritual legacy embedded within its three churches, including the still-active St. Carthage's Church and the intriguing ruins that hold centuries of stories. "Echoes of Rahan" offers listeners an immersive journey into the heart of this sacred site. The episode highlights key architectural features such as the triple-ordered chancel arch and the unique Romanesque circular window, inviting listeners to visualize the beauty and craftsmanship of Rahan's structures. Additionally, the podcast explores the monastic life governed by the Rule of St. Carthage in the 9th century, providing a glimpse into the daily rhythms and spiritual commitments of its ancient community. Beyond the historical and architectural exploration, the episode connects the past with the present, sharing how Rahan remains a symbol of heritage and perseverance. Through ambient sounds, listeners are encouraged to discover the ongoing significance of Rahan, its role in contemporary life, and the efforts to preserve its legacy for future generations. The episode concludes with an invitation for listeners to visit Rahan, engage with the content through social media, and join a community of explorers drawn to the whispers of ancient stones. "Echoes of Rahan: Unveiling the Sacred Stones" is more than just a historical recount; it's an invitation to explore, reflect, and connect with Ireland's ancestral heritage, making it a must-listen for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone fascinated by the stories etched in stone and spirit across Ireland. If you would like to view my original pen and watercolor paintings please visit my website here https://bernicecookeartist.com/ where you will find some wonderful Irish Buildings that add so much to our history and heritage!
Echoes of Banagher: A Journey Through Time and Tide
25-02-2024
Echoes of Banagher: A Journey Through Time and Tide
In this captivating episode of "Echoes of Banagher: A Journey Through Time and Tide," listeners are taken on an immersive journey through the enchanting town of Banagher in County Offaly. Once a bustling hub of commerce and activity along the River Shannon, Banagher has evolved into a serene haven for holidaymakers and boating enthusiasts, with its marina life now the center of its vibrancy. The episode delicately weaves the rich tapestry of Banagher's past, from its strategic significance as a crossing point between Leinster and Connacht to the architectural marvels and notable figures that have left indelible marks on its history. Listeners will explore the origins of Banagher, attributed to the legacy of St. Ryangh and her influential family, and delve into the town's pivotal role in historical conflicts and economic shifts. The narrative highlights the architectural splendor of Banagher, from the iconic seven-arch bridge that has stood the test of time to the remnants of military and religious structures that narrate the town's resilience and spiritual depth. Through a blend of historical facts, architectural insights, and captivating stories of resilience and adaptation, "Echoes of Banagher" promises an engaging experience that not only honors the town's rich heritage but also celebrates its enduring spirit and natural beauty. This episode is an invitation to discover the echoes of history that resonate through the streets and waters of Banagher, offering a unique glimpse into the heart of Ireland's past, present, and future. Check out my original pen and watercolor paintings depicting the beautiful buildings of Ireland https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/gloster-house-county-offaly-limited-edition-giclee-print
Echoes of Daingean: From Royal Stronghold to Peatland Passage
10-02-2024
Echoes of Daingean: From Royal Stronghold to Peatland Passage
In the episode "Echoes of Daingean: From Royal Stronghold to Peatland Passage" of the "Whispering Stones" podcast, listeners are transported to the village of Daingean in County Offaly, Ireland, a place with a rich tapestry of history that spans from royal allegiances to the humble peatlands. Originally named Philipstown in honour of King Philip II of Spain, Daingean's past is intricately linked with the political and marital alliances of 16th-century Europe, reflecting the broader historical dynamics that shaped Ireland. The episode explores the architectural and archaeological landmarks that stand as silent witnesses to Daingean's multifaceted history. From the courthouse designed by James Gandon to the haunting tales of a reformatory school and the discovery of the Old Croghan Man, each story contributes to the village's complex historical narrative. These sites not only showcase architectural marvels and archaeological treasures but also reveal the darker and more poignant aspects of Daingean's past. As the narrative unfolds, the Bog of Allen and the Grand Canal are highlighted as symbols of Daingean's transition through time, representing its economic and social shifts. "Echoes of Daingean" invites listeners to engage with the history of Daingean, encouraging them to share their connections and stories related to the village or similar historical places. This episode educates and inspires reflection on the interplay between history, landscape, and community, making it a compelling journey through the echoes of Ireland's past. For more information on all my current pen and watercolor art depicting some fantastic buildings of Ireland, please visit here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/
Echoes of Birr: A Journey Through Time
03-02-2024
Echoes of Birr: A Journey Through Time
In "Echoes of Birr: A Journey Through Time," the latest episode of the "Whispering Stones" podcast, we dive deep into the heart of Birr, County Offaly, exploring its rich tapestry of history, architecture, and celestial discoveries. This episode traverses the town's evolution from its early monastic roots in the 8th and 9th centuries, through the strategic importance of its Gaelic kingdoms, to its architectural blossoming during the Georgian era, and finally, to its pioneering contributions to astronomy. Listeners are invited on a narrative journey, beginning with the spiritual and scholarly significance of the monastery founded by St. Brendan of Birr, through the medieval might of the O’Carroll territory, and into the Georgian elegance that characterizes the town today. The episode vividly brings to life the wide streets and elegant buildings of Birr, adorned with fanlight windows and Ionic columns, painting a picture of its former garrison and market town vibrancy. A significant highlight of the episode is the exploration of Birr Castle, not only as a historical stronghold but also as a beacon of scientific innovation, home to the Leviathan of Parsonstown telescope. This chapter delves into the astronomical achievements unlocked by this remarkable instrument, inviting listeners to marvel at the universe's mysteries once revealed by the world's largest telescope. Through thematic chapters, enriched with soundscapes and reflective pauses, the episode crafts an immersive experience. It encourages listeners to imagine the bustling life of ancient monasteries, the strategic negotiations within castle walls, the refined social life of Georgian Birr, and the awe-inspiring celestial discoveries made from its castle grounds. "Echoes of Birr: A Journey Through Time" concludes with a call to explore the enduring beauty and historical wonders of Birr, inviting audience interaction and further exploration through social media and the podcast's website. This episode not only educates but also inspires listeners to connect with the enduring stories and landscapes of Birr, ensuring the town's legacy continues to resonate with future generations. If you would like to know more about my original pen and watercolor art featuring historical buildings from Ireland and abroad please do visit here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/
Echoes of the Tudors: Unveiling the Mysteries of Clonony Castle
27-01-2024
Echoes of the Tudors: Unveiling the Mysteries of Clonony Castle
In this captivating episode of Whispering Stones, we delve into the rich tapestry of history and legend surrounding Clonony Castle, a Tudor-style fortress nestled in the heart of Ireland. Built by the MacCoughlan family in the 1500s, Clonony Castle stands as a monument to a bygone era, with its towering structure, intricate mural passages, and a spiral staircase leading to secrets of the past. We explore the castle's unique architectural features, including its renowned murder hole and the haunting ruins of a nearby church, painting a vivid picture of medieval life. The episode takes a dramatic turn as we recount the castle's connection to Anne Boleyn, whose family's fate was irrevocably changed following her marriage to King Henry VIII and subsequent downfall. We uncover the poignant tale of Anne's cousins, who sought refuge within the castle's walls and whose final resting place lies under a Hawthorn tree on its grounds. Further adding to the castle's allure, we reveal the intriguing story of Mathew de Renzi, a London cloth merchant who resided in the castle in the early 1600s and is rumored to have composed the first English-Irish dictionary. As we weave through history, the episode also touches upon the mysterious sightings of a ghostly figure in medieval attire, stirring the imagination and leaving listeners to ponder if it's a mere legend or a spectral resident of Clonony Castle. Join us on this journey through time in "Echoes of the Tudors: Unveiling the Mysteries of Clonony Castle," where history, legend, and the supernatural converge to tell the story of one of Ireland's most fascinating historical landmarks. If you would like to check out my original artwork featuring the buildings on my podcast please do visit here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/
Echoes of Clonmacnoise: Unveiling Ireland's Timeless Monastic City
20-01-2024
Echoes of Clonmacnoise: Unveiling Ireland's Timeless Monastic City
In the enthralling episode of "Whispering Stones," titled "Echoes of Clonmacnoise: Unveiling Ireland's Timeless Monastic City," listeners are invited on a journey through time to the historic site of Clonmacnoise, located along the serene River Shannon in County Offaly, Ireland. This episode beautifully unravels the complex tapestry of Clonmacnoise's history, architecture, and enduring legacy. The narrative begins with the story of St. Ciarán, a young, intelligent scholar and son of a craftsman, who founded Clonmacnoise in 544 AD. The strategic location of the site, at the intersection of important medieval travel routes, is highlighted as a key factor in its development into a vibrant center of religious and educational significance. Listeners are vividly transported to the bustling life of Clonmacnoise, once a thriving community of monks, scholars, and craftsmen, known as Ciarán’s Shining City. The episode brings to life the architectural wonders of the site, including the impressive Cathedral with its Whispering Arch, the ancient round towers, and the famous High Crosses, particularly the Cross of the Scriptures. These descriptions are complemented with immersive soundscapes, from the river's gentle flow to the ambient sounds of historical life, creating a rich auditory experience. The episode explores the political and religious importance of Clonmacnoise, detailing its alliances and power struggles, and its role as the final resting place for kings. It candidly addresses the site's turbulent history, including battles, raids, and its decline following the Norman invasions. As the episode concludes, it invites listeners to reflect on Clonmacnoise's lasting impact. The ruins, now peaceful and evocative, stand as a testament to a once-flourishing center of learning and spirituality. The episode ends on a reflective note, encouraging listeners to contemplate the persistence of history and the inspiration drawn from these ancient stones and stories. "Echoes of Clonmacnoise" is more than a historical account; it's a captivating auditory journey that revives the sights, sounds, and spirit of one of Ireland's most significant historical sites, brought to you by "Whispering Stones." Check out my original Pen and Watercolor Painting featuring Clonmacnoise 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/teampull-finghin-clonmacnoise-co-offaly-ireland-pen-and-watercolor-original-painting
"Secrets in Stone: The Gloster House Tapestry"
13-01-2024
"Secrets in Stone: The Gloster House Tapestry"
In this episode of our podcast Whispering Stones, "Secrets in Stone: The Gloster House Tapestry," we weave through the corridors of time to uncover the rich tapestry of Gloster House's history. Situated at the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, this grand estate harbours three centuries of Irish heritage within its storied walls. We begin by painting a picture of Gloster House’s majestic architecture—a testament to its evolution from a 17th-century structure to a residence befitting the nobility of its time. The episode delves into the intricate details of the garden front, adorned with pilasters and pedimented niches, possibly influenced by the renowned architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce. As the narrative unfolds, we explore the lineage of the Lloyds, whose stories are as embedded in the property as the stones themselves. From the first reference to the Lloyds' ownership in 1639 through the strategic marriages and political roles that intertwined with Ireland’s tumultuous history, the episode brings to life the personal and political sagas that have transpired within the estate’s walls. Listeners will be transported to the past as we recount John Wesley's 1749 sermon in the stately saloon, capturing the societal juxtaposition of the era. The episode also doesn’t shy away from darker times, reflecting on Colonel Hardress Lloyd's benevolent actions during the Great Famine. The tale continues through the 20th century, revealing how Gloster House stood the test of time and war, eventually finding new life and purpose in the modern era. Now a venue for celebration and remembrance, the house is a testament to both the resilience and the transformation of Irish country estates. "Secrets in Stone: The Gloster House Tapestry" is more than just a historical recount; it is an invitation to walk through the gardens of time, to feel the echoes of the past, and to appreciate the beauty and complexity of Ireland’s architectural and societal evolution. Join us as we unravel the secrets and stories that make Gloster House a treasure of Irish heritage. If you would like to check out some more of my pen and watercolor original paintings and limited edition fine art prints please do visit here https://bernicecookeartist.com/
Echoes and Shadows: The Haunted Legacy of Kinnitty Castle
06-01-2024
Echoes and Shadows: The Haunted Legacy of Kinnitty Castle
In this captivating episode of "Whispering Stones," we delve into the mysterious and storied past of Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly. Nestled between the villages of Kinnitty and Cadamstown, north of the Slieve Bloom mountains, this 19th-century Gothic revival castle holds centuries of history within its walls. Originally owned by the Bernard family, the castle's journey from a Norman stronghold to a luxurious hotel is a tale of resilience, transformation, and intrigue. Listeners will be transported through time, from the castle's initial construction in the 13th century, through its various incarnations under different owners, including the O’Carrolls of Ely, Colonel Thomas Winter, and the Bernard family. The narrative takes a dramatic turn with the castle's near-destruction by the IRA in 1922 and its subsequent restoration. The castle's evolution continues as it becomes a Forestry College and eventually a lavish hotel and wedding venue, surviving through periods of turmoil and change. But there's more to Kinnitty Castle than just its physical history. This episode also explores the castle's more ethereal aspect - its resident ghost, known as The Monk. Described by both staff and visitors who have experienced his mysterious presence, The Monk adds a chilling yet fascinating layer to the castle's lore. The episode discusses an eerie photograph captured by a paranormal group, purportedly showing this spectral figure, inviting listeners to ponder the reality of his existence. Paranormal Supernatural Investigations Ireland captured the following photograph as shown on the Irish Mirror see what you think https://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/eerie-figure-captured-camera-offaly-29581547 "Echoes and Shadows: The Haunted Legacy of Kinnitty Castle" is not just a historical recount; it's a journey into the heart of Ireland's ghostly folklore, an exploration of the thin veil between the past and the present, and a testament to the enduring allure of one of Ireland's most enigmatic castles.
Echoes and Shadows: The Mystique of Charleville Castle
31-12-2023
Echoes and Shadows: The Mystique of Charleville Castle
In this captivating episode of "Whispering Stones," we delve into the enigmatic world of Charleville Castle, a historic jewel nestled in the outskirts of Tullamore, County Offaly. "Echoes and Shadows: The Mystique of Charleville Castle" takes listeners on an auditory journey through time, unveiling the castle's rich tapestry of history, architecture, and legend. As the episode unfolds, the host skillfully paints a picture of Charleville Castle, comparing its majestic towers to pieces on a chessboard. The narrative weaves through the castle's origins, highlighting the generous gift of oak woods from Queen Elizabeth I and the artistic vision of Lady Catherine Maria Bury, which, alongside her husband Charles William Bury and architect Sir Francis Johnston, brought the castle to life. Listeners are then guided through the castle's periods of glory and decline, including its abandonment and eventual restoration in 1971. The restoration efforts, led by Michael McMullen, Constance Heavy Seaquist, and Bridget Bonnie Vance, are brought to the forefront, emphasizing the castle's rebirth and its current status as a monument maintained by the Charleville Castle Heritage Trust. The episode takes a mysterious turn as it explores the paranormal aspects of Charleville Castle. The tragic tale of Harriet, the young daughter of the 3rd Earl who met her untimely demise in the castle, sets the stage for ghostly encounters and spectral sightings reported by visitors. In addition to the castle's own ghosts, the episode delves into the mystical aura of the surrounding ancient oak forest, rumored to have been a haven for druids practicing their rites. The episode concludes with an invitation for listeners to share their own experiences or thoughts about Charleville Castle, engaging them in the ongoing story of this enigmatic site. "Echoes and Shadows: The Mystique of Charleville Castle" is not just a historical account but a sensory experience, enhanced with atmospheric sound effects and engaging storytelling, offering listeners a unique blend of history, architecture, folklore, and the supernatural.
"Whiskey and Resilience: The Untold Saga of Kilbeggan Distillery"
17-12-2023
"Whiskey and Resilience: The Untold Saga of Kilbeggan Distillery"
In this captivating episode of Whispering Stones, we delve into the rich tapestry of Ireland's oldest distillery, the Kilbeggan Distillery. Nestled on the banks of the River Brosna in County Westmeath, this distillery's story is a remarkable blend of heritage, community spirit, and resilience. Starting with its origins in 1757 by founder Mathew McManus, the episode takes listeners on a journey through the distillery's evolution, including its various name changes from Brusna to Locke’s Distillery. We explore its early operations with a humble 232-gallon still and its growth into a significant enterprise under the stewardship of John and William Codd in the 19th century. A pivotal moment arrives with John Locke's leadership in 1843, under whom the distillery not only flourished but also forged a deep bond with the Kilbeggan community. This bond is poignantly illustrated by the townspeople's collective effort to purchase a new boiler for the distillery in 1866, showcasing a profound sense of solidarity. The narrative also touches on darker times, like the 1878 fire and the struggles during the 20th century's global upheavals - Prohibition, world wars, and political strife. The episode highlights how these challenges were met with the same resilience that defined the distillery's early days. Listeners will be intrigued by the 1940s scandal involving a failed sale of the distillery, rife with fraud and political controversy, reflecting the interconnectedness of the distillery's history with broader societal and political events. The episode culminates in the distillery's remarkable revival in 2007, on its 250th anniversary, a testament to the enduring legacy and spirit of the Kilbeggan community. This revival, marked by the firing of the pot stills, symbolizes a new chapter for the distillery, bridging its historic past with a dynamic future. "Whiskey and Resilience: The Untold Saga of Kilbeggan Distillery" is more than just a story about whiskey. It's a celebration of community, heritage, and the unyielding spirit of a town and its people, intertwined with the fate of a distillery that stood the test of time. Join us on this extraordinary journey through history, culture, and the indomitable Irish spirit. If you would like to look at my original artwork of Kilbeggan Distillery please click here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/kilbeggan-distillery-county-westmeath-original-painting
Crossroads of Time: The Echoes of Athlone's Railway Legacy
09-12-2023
Crossroads of Time: The Echoes of Athlone's Railway Legacy
In this captivating episode of "Whispering Stones," we delve into the rich tapestry of Athlone's railway history, exploring the twin tales of its two iconic stations. Set against the backdrop of the River Shannon, the episode brings to life the Midland Great Western Railway station and the Great Southern and Western Railway station, each a landmark in its own right. Journey with us as we trace the origins of the Midland station opened in 1851 and designed by J.S. Mulvey. Its austere Italianate façade and seventeen-bay frontage symbolise an era of architectural grandeur and industrial ambition. We explore how this station, once a bustling hub connecting Galway to Dublin, has transitioned into modern times, serving now as a functional space for Irish Rail. Across the river, the story of the Great Southern and Western Railway station unfolds, a creation of George Wilkinson, famed for his design of Irish workhouses. Opened in 1859, this station's elegant Italianate style and decorative Doric pillars tell a tale of aesthetic beauty and functional adaptation, evolving from a goods station to the main railway line for Athlone. "Crossroads of Time" not only recounts the architectural and operational nuances of these stations but also delves into the broader narrative of Irish railway history. The episode highlights the 1924 merger of the two railway companies, marking a significant shift in Irish transport history, and the subsequent changes in the 1970s and 1980s under Córas Iompair Éireann's direction. Accompanied by ambient sounds and reflective music, this episode is more than just a historical recount; it's an immersive experience. It invites listeners to reflect on the relentless march of progress and the enduring stories of these architectural marvels. Tune in to "Whispering Stones" for a journey through time, where the echoes of Athlone's railway legacy continue to resonate in the heart of Ireland. If you would like to check out my art work depicting Athlone Railway station in 1967 please do so here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/athlone-railway-1967-county-westmeath-original-painting
Echoes of Athlone: Unearthing the Secrets of a Resilient Castle
02-12-2023
Echoes of Athlone: Unearthing the Secrets of a Resilient Castle
In this captivating episode of Whispering Stones, we travel back to the heart of Ireland, where the storied Athlone Castle stands guard over the River Shannon. "Echoes of Athlone: Unearthing the Secrets of a Resilient Castle" offers a vivid journey through the centuries, exploring the tumultuous history of this iconic fortress. We begin in the 12th century, uncovering the origins of Athlone Castle under the O'Connor Clan's reign. The narrative then leads us to the tragic events of the 13th century, where disaster strikes during reconstruction under John de Gray's supervision, ordered by the King of England. As we traverse the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle becomes a battleground, constantly shifting hands between Irish and English control. The episode takes a dramatic turn with the Bruce Invasion and the fiery Scottish attacks in the 16th century, highlighting the castle's strategic importance and resilience. The 17th century unfolds with the Confederacy Rebellion, Cromwell's conquest, and the Williamite War, revealing tales of siege, bravery, and transformation. Listeners are then transported to the 18th century, where Athlone Castle emerges as a bulwark during the Napoleonic Wars, symbolizing rebirth and strategic might. Today, the castle is a testament to history, its visitor center serving as a portal to a bygone era. "Echoes of Athlone" is not just a historical account; it's a narrative woven with the threads of resilience and human spirit. Engaging soundscapes, vivid storytelling, and a call for audience interaction make this episode a compelling piece for history enthusiasts and casual listeners alike. Join us as we unravel the secrets of Athlone Castle, where every stone tells a story of conquest, survival, and transformation. If you would like to purchase my original artwork of Athlone Castle take a look here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/athlone-castle-athlone-county-westmeath
Echoes of the Past: Unveiling the Mysteries of St. Munna’s Ancient Church
17-11-2023
Echoes of the Past: Unveiling the Mysteries of St. Munna’s Ancient Church
In this episode of Whispering Stones, titled "Echoes of the Past: Unveiling the Mysteries of St. Munna’s Ancient Church," we delve into the rich history and architectural splendor of St. Munna’s Church in Taghmon, Co. Westmeath. Built in the 15th century on the site of a 6th-century monastery, this church stands as a testament to Ireland's ecclesiastical heritage. The episode highlights the church's unique architectural features, such as its stone barrel-vault and the robust four-storey western tower, illustrating how these elements provided sanctuary and security in turbulent times. Special attention is given to the elegant ogee-headed windows and the intriguing Sheela-na-Gig carving, which offers a glimpse into the complex symbolism intertwined in Irish and British churches. Listeners are also introduced to the architectural terms like "machicolation" and "base batter," enhancing their understanding of the church’s design. The episode then explores the significant renovation undertaken in 1843 by the esteemed architect Joseph Welland, acknowledging his contribution to preserving the church's legacy. The narrative weaves historical facts with engaging storytelling, inviting listeners to reflect on the enduring beauty and significance of St. Munna’s Church, not merely as a structure of stone but as a living chronicle of faith and resilience. Check out my original painting here of St. Munna's Church https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/st-munnas-church-taghmon-county-westmeath-original-painting
Echoes of Inchbofin: A Tale of Monks, Monoliths, and Memories
12-11-2023
Echoes of Inchbofin: A Tale of Monks, Monoliths, and Memories
In this captivating episode of "Whispering Stones," we travel back in time to explore the mystical Inchbofin Island, a hidden gem in the eastern part of Lough Ree. Our journey begins in the 6th century with Saint Rioch, who founded a monastery that became a beacon of spirituality, recorded in the ancient Annals until 1089. We then delve into the architectural wonders of the 12th century - two remarkable churches built under the auspices of the Canons of St. Augustine monastery. The grander church, adorned with an exquisite Romanesque window and a stone-carved Bishop’s head, and its smaller counterpart, embody the spiritual and artistic legacy of the island. Transitioning from the ancient to the modern era, the episode brings to life the stories of the last families who called Inchbofin home, enduring through the isolation brought by the great Snowstorm of 1947. Their tales of resilience and adaptation offer a poignant glimpse into the life and soul of the island. As we conclude, "Echoes of Inchbofin" invites listeners to reflect on the serene monastic life, the enduring architectural marvels, and the indomitable human spirit that has permeated this island through the ages. This episode is not just a historical narrative but an immersive experience, beckoning us to uncover the layers of stories that Inchbofin Island whispers to those who listen. My original painting of Inchbofin is sold, winging its way to a nice home in County Cork. But I have limited edition signed prints available here 👉https://bernicecookeartist.com/products/inchbofin-church-county-westmeath-ireland-giclee-print
Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History
29-10-2023
Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History
Dive into the captivating world of Irish history with our latest Whispering Stones Podcast episode, "Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History". Uncover the secrets of Uisneach, a mystical hill in County Westmeath, revered as the spiritual and geographical heart of Ireland. From the enigmatic Neolithic monuments to its role as a political and spiritual hub, this episode weaves together the threads of time, revealing Uisneach’s significance from pre-Christian ceremonies to major political rallies in the 19th and 20th centuries. Join us on a journey through time, exploring how Uisneach stood as a silent witness to the ebb and flow of ages, hosting ancient festivals, witnessing the endeavors of St. Patrick, and inspiring literary giants like James Joyce. With engaging storytelling, thematic transitions, and immersive narrative, “Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History” is more than a podcast episode—it's a portal to Ireland’s soul. But that’s not all! In the spirit of celebrating Ireland’s rich heritage, I’m excited to announce my annual Halloween Art Sale! For a limited time only, until November 7th, indulge in my collection of original pen and watercolor building portraits at a remarkable 30% off, with free shipping in Ireland. Each piece captures the essence of Ireland's architectural beauty, making it a perfect addition to your collection or a thoughtful gift. Don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of art that resonates with Ireland's historical charm. Visit https://rb.gy/z44ai now to explore the collection and make your purchase! Remember, "Uisneach: The Hearthstone of History" isn’t just an episode; it’s a celebration of Ireland's enduring legacy. Tune in, get inspired, and take home a piece of this legacy through my exclusive art sale. Let's keep the stories alive!