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July's box is all about The Blasket Islands where MyIrelandBox is based. They include information about the items included in the box.
Twenty Years A-Growing by Maurice O'Sullivan
Maurice O'Sullivan was born on the Great Blasket in 1904, and 'Twenty Years A-Growing' tells the story of his youth and of a way of life which belonged to the Middle Ages. He wrote for his own pleasure and for the entertainment of his friends, without any thought of a wider public; his style is derived from folk-tales which he heard from his grandfather and sharpened by his own lively imagination. The Blasket Islands are three miles off Irelands Dingle Peninsula. Until their evacuation just after the Second World War, the lives of the 150 or so Blasket Islanders had remained unchanged for centuries. A rich oral tradition of story-telling, poetry, and folktales kept alive the legends and history of the islands, and has made their literature famous throughout the world. The 7 Blasket Island books published by OUP contain memoirs and reminiscences from within this literary tradition, evoking a way of life which has now vanished.
The Poet & The Piper CD by Seamus Heaney & Liam O'Flynn
Seamus Heaney, the Derry poet, holder of the Nobel Laureate for Literature, and Liam O 'Flynn, the internationally acclaimed uilleann piper have collaborated to produce an album of poetry and music, with Heaney (a great reader) reciting his own lines and O Flynn playing the uilleann pipes.
Not just a number of poems and tunes thrown together, the two artists laboured hard to achieve a coherent piece of work, and they succeeded. It's a graceful, skilful performance that deserves to be listened to again and again.
Feadóg Tin Whistle
The Feadóg original Irish whistle has been and continues to be manufactured in Ireland since 1978 and is now sold in more than 20 countries worldwide.
This Feadóg is a huge part of the Irish Traditional music session. They've included a link for tin whistle lessons by the Online Academy of Irish Music.
Bog Buddies Real Irish Turf
This Irish Turf Stack is handmade with love from bog in the heart of Ireland and of course each little piece is unique. The turf can also be lit to create the aroma of a real turf fire and you will note that the maker includes instructions. Turf was so important to the Islanders and they only had a seasons supply at a time to rely on. Women brought home the turf on the donkeys and of course it was used in the fire for heat, cooking and light.
Na Blascaodaí/The Blaskets Booklet
This informative booklet is written in both English and Irish language that answers many questions that you might have on the way of life of the Islanders, their pastimes, livelihoods, what they ate, where they lived and of course the high influence of the later visitors to the Island and then of course the infamous (well in these parts anyway) Peig Sayers who we learned all about in school as we studied her autobiography in Gaelic.
It's been a couple of years since we last reviewed My Ireland Box but they are still doing great. MyIrelandBox does a fantastic job of curating their boxes! It is richly filled with Irish culture. This box was an educational experience on the Blasket Islands. Anyone interested in learning more about Ireland will find this box intriguing. My boys, however, thought the tin whistle was awesome and have played it non-stop, haha (help!). The August My Ireland Box theme will be "Old Irish Farm".
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