The second volume in Tim Robinson's phenomenal Connemara Trilogy - which Robert Macfarlane has called 'One of the most remarkable non-fiction projects undertaken in English'.
Author: Tim Robinson
Publisher: Penguin UK
The second volume in Tim Robinson's phenomenal Connemara Trilogy - which Robert Macfarlane has called 'One of the most remarkable non-fiction projects undertaken in English'. The first volume of Tim Robinson's Connemara trilogy, Listening to the Wind, covered Robinson's home territory of Roundstone and environs. The Last Pool of Darkness moves into wilder territory: the fjords, cliffs, hills and islands of north-west Connemara, a place that Wittgenstein, who lived on his own in a cottage there for a time, called 'the last pool of darkness in Europe'. Again combining his polymathic knowledge of Connemara's natural history, human history, folklore and topography with his own unsurpassable artistry as a writer, Tim Robinson has produced another classic. A native of Yorkshire, Tim Robinson moved to the Aran Islands in 1972. His books include the celebrated two-volume Stones of Aran. Since 1984 he has lived in Roundstone, Connemara. 'The Proust & Ruskin of modern place-writing, deep-mapper of Irish landscapes, visionary thinker, and human of exceptional intellectual generosity & kindness. He was an immense inspiration to & encourager of me & my work' Robert Macfarlane 'A masterpiece of travel and topographical writing and a miraculous, vivid and engrossing meditation on landscape and history and the sacred mood of places' Colm Tóibín, Irish Times 'One of the greatest writers of lands ... No one has disentangled the tales the stones of Ireland have to tell so deftly and retold them so beautifully' Fintan O'Toole
Robinson, Tim, Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness (2008; Dublin: Penguin, 2009). Robinson, Tim, Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom (Dublin: Penguin, 2011). Rockwood, Rebecca L., 'Augusta Holmes: “Les Argonautes” and “La Montagne ...
Author: Gerry Smyth
Music and Irish Identity represents the latest stage in a life-long project for Gerry Smyth, focusing here on the ways in which music engages with particular aspects of Irish identity. The nature of popular music and the Irish identity it supposedly articulates have both undergone profound change in recent years: the first as a result of technological and wider industrial changes in the organisation and dissemination of music as seen, for example, with digital platforms such as YouTube, Spotify and iTunes. A second factor has been Ireland’s spectacular fall from economic grace after the demise of the "Celtic Tiger", and the ensuing crisis of national identity. Smyth argues that if, as the stereotypical association would have it, the Irish have always been a musical race, then that association needs re-examination in the light of developments in relation to both cultural practice and political identity. This book contributes to that process through a series of related case studies that are both scholarly and accessible. Some of the principal ideas broached in the text include the (re-)establishment of music as a key object of Irish cultural studies; the theoretical limitations of traditional musicology; the development of new methodologies specifically designed to address the demands of Irish music in all its aspects; and the impact of economic austerity on musical negotiations of Irish identity. The book will be of seminal importance to all those interested in popular music, cultural studies and the wider fate of Ireland in the twenty-first century.
... beyond the sports themselves into a far wider context - as all the best sports writing does. For Connemara, look no further than the work of Tim Robinson. His Connemara: Listening to the Wind and Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness ...
Author: Charlie Connelly
Publisher: Hachette UK
Each year on St Patrick's Day eighty million people around the world celebrate their Irish ancestry. Millions more don leprechaun hats and down pints of Guinness in the annual high-fiving of Ireland and the Irish. Charlie Connelly was one of them. He thought he had a good idea of what Ireland was all about. He was, after all, practically Irish. He had a bodhran and everything. Then, when he was least expecting it, he went to live there. Our Man in Hibernia follows Charlie's adventures among the Irish. Immersing himself in Ireland's language, music and literature, he learns how closely the rose-tinted image he'd grown up with matches the reality, and explores the land, from the small patch of Connemara bog that changed the world to the Holy Tree Stump of Rathkeale. From defining moments of the country's history - the Great Famine and the Easter Rising - to its quirkier phenomena, such as the National Ploughing Championships and the Rose of Tralee, in Our Man in Hibernia Charlie Connelly paints an evocative, entertaining and witty portrait of Ireland today.
TimRobinson, Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness, London: Penguin, 2008, p. 1. 11. Murphy, The Kick, p. 159. 12. Bernard O'Donoghue, 'The Lost Link: Richard Murphy's Early Poetry', Metre 10 (2001), p. 138. 13. The Kick, p. 277. 14.
Author: Gerald Dawe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets offers a fascinating introduction to Irish poetry from the seventeenth century to the present. Aimed primarily at lovers of poetry, it examines a wide range of poets, including household names, such as Jonathan Swift, Thomas Moore, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh, Eavan Boland and Paul Muldoon. The book is comprised of thirty chapters written by critics, leading scholars and poets, who bring an authoritative and accessible understanding to their subjects. Each chapter gives an overview of a poet's work and guides the general reader through the wider cultural, historical and comparative contexts. Exploring the dual traditions of English and Irish-speaking poets, this Companion represents the very best of Irish poetry and highlights understanding that reveals, in clear and accessible prose, the achievement of Irish poetry in a global context. It is a book that will help and guide general readers through the many achievements of Irish poets.
Author: Maurice O’Connor DruryPublish On: 2017-09-21
23 The title of the second volume of Tim Robinson's remarkable Connemara trilogy, The Last Pool of Darkness (Dublin: Penguin Ireland, 2008) is sourced to a reported remark by Wittgenstein to the professor of Logic and Psychology at UCD, ...
Author: Maurice O’Connor Drury
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Maurice O'Connor Drury was among Wittgenstein's first students after his return to Cambridge in 1929. The subsequent course of Drury's life and thought was to be enormously influenced by his teacher, from his decision to become a doctor to his later work in psychiatry. The Selected Writings of Maurice O'Connor Drury brings together the best of his lectures, conversations, and letters on philosophy, religion and medicine. Central to the collection is the Danger of Words, the 1973 text described by Ray Monk as 'the most truly Wittgensteinian book published by any of Wittgenstein's students'. Through notes on conversations with Wittgenstein, letters to a student of philosophy and correspondence of almost 30 years with Rush Rhees, Drury gives shape to what he had learned from Wittgenstein. Whether discussing methods of philosophy, Simone Weil or the power of hypnosis, he makes fascinating excursions into the bearing of Wittgenstein's thought on philosophy and the practice of medicine and psychiatry. With an introduction presenting a new biography of Drury, analysing the relationship between him and Wittgenstein, The Selected Writings of Maurice O'Connor Drury features previously unpublished archival sources. Beautifully written and carefully selected, each piece reveals the impact of Wittgenstein's teachings, shedding light on the friendship and thinking of one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century.
Tim Robinson, Connemara: The Last Pool of Darkness (Dublin: Penguin, 2008), 283. Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez, 53. Peter J. Auster et al., “Developing an Ocean Ethic: Science, Utility, Aesthetics, SelfInterest, ...
Author: Margaret Cohen
Category: Literary Criticism
Among global environments, the undersea is unique in the challenges it poses – and the opportunities it affords – for sensation, perception, inquiry, and fantasy. The Aesthetics of the Undersea draws case studies in such potencies from the subaqueous imaginings of Western culture, and from the undersea realities that have inspired them. The chapters explore aesthetic engagements with underwater worlds, and sustain a concern with submarine "sense," in several meanings of that word: when submerged, faculties and fantasies transform, confronting human subjects with their limitations while enlarging the apparent scope of possibility and invention. Terrestrially-established categories and contours shift, metamorphose, or fail altogether to apply. As ocean health acquires an increasing share of the global environmental imaginary, the histories of submarine sense manifest ever-greater importance, and offer resources for documentation as well as creativity. The chapters deal with the sensory, material, and formal provocations of the underwater environment, and consider the consequences of such provocations for aesthetic and epistemological paradigms. Contributors, who hail from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, include scholars of literature, art, new media, music and history. Cases studies range from baroque and rococo fantasies to the gothic, surrealism, modernism, and contemporary installation art. By juxtaposing early modern and Enlightenment contexts with matters of more recent – and indeed contemporary – importance, The Aesthetics of the Undersea establishes crucial relations among temporally remote entities, which will resonate across the environmental humanities.
The publication by Penguin of his Conamara trilogy (Listening to the Wind, 2006; The Last Pool of Darkness, 2008; and A Little Gaelic Kingdom, 2011) brought to a close a three-decade project of cartography and topographical writing.
Author: Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Publisher: Yale University Press
In an Irish graveyard, the corpses are distracted by local jealousies and petty disputes assuming global importance. Their banter is full of news of above-ground happenings, received from the recently arrived. As we listen in on the gossip, rumors, backbiting, complaining, and obsessing of the local community, we learn that in the afterlife the same old life goes on beneath the sod.--
His three books on Connemara are Listening to the Wind (2007), The Last Pool of Darkness (2008) and A Little Gaelic Kingdom (2011). 'The Aran Excursion ... that has ever yet taken place' is from Martin Haverty's first-hand account of ...
Author: Philip Marsden
Publisher: Granta Books
In an old wooden sloop, Philip Marsden plots a course north from his home in Cornwall. He is sailing for the Summer Isles, a small archipelago near the top of Scotland that holds for him a deep and personal significance. On the way, he must navigate the west coast of Ireland and the Inner Hebrides. Bearing the full force of the Atlantic, it is a seaboard which is also a mythical frontier, a place as rich in story as anywhere on earth. Through the people he meets and the tales he uncovers, Marsden builds up a haunting picture of these shores - of imaginary islands and the Celtic otherworld, of the ageless draw of the west, of the life of the sea and perennial loss - and the redemptive power of the imagination. Exhilarating and poignant, Marsden's prose has been widely praised. Bringing together themes he has been pursuing for many years, The Summer Isles is an unforgettable account of the search for actual places, invented places, and those places in between that shape the lives of individuals and entire nations.
The twentieth-century Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein—who lived briefly in Connemara, county Galway, in the 1940s—describes those lands as being the “last pool of darkness” in Europe. Wittgenstein meant this, it would seem, ...
Author: Liam Heneghan
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Talking lions, philosophical bears, very hungry caterpillars, wise spiders, altruistic trees, companionable moles, urbane elephants: this is the magnificent menagerie that delights our children at bedtime. Within the entertaining pages of many children’s books, however, also lie profound teachings about the natural world that can help children develop an educated and engaged appreciation of the dynamic environment they inhabit. In Beasts at Bedtime, scientist (and father) Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children’s stories. From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Heneghan unearths the universal insights into our inextricable relationship with nature that underlie so many classic children’s stories. Some of the largest environmental challenges in coming years—from climate instability, the extinction crisis, freshwater depletion, and deforestation—are likely to become even more severe as this generation of children grows up. Though today’s young readers will bear the brunt of these environmental calamities, they will also be able to contribute to environmental solutions if prepared properly. And all it takes is an attentive eye: Heneghan shows how the nature curriculum is already embedded in bedtime stories, from the earliest board books like The Rainbow Fish to contemporary young adult classics like The Hunger Games. Beasts at Bedtime is an awakening to the vital environmental education children’s stories can provide—from the misadventures of The Runaway Bunny to more overt tales like The Lorax. Heneghan serves as our guide, drawing richly upon his own adolescent and parental experiences, as well as his travels in landscapes both experienced and imagined. Organized into thematic sections, the work winds its way through literary forests, colorful characters, and global environments. This book enthralls as it engages. Heneghan as a guide is as charming as he is insightful, showing how kids (and adults) can start to experience the natural world in incredible ways from the comfort of their own rooms. Beasts at Bedtime will help parents, teachers, and guardians extend those cozy times curled up together with a good book into a lifetime of caring for our planet.
... 2001) –F. S. L. Lyons, Ireland Since the Famine (Fontana, 1963) –Jonathan Rosen, The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds (Continuum, 2000) –Tim Robinson, The Last Pool of Darkness, Connemara Trilogy (Penguin Ireland, ...
Author: Maggie Wadey
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
Category: Biography & Autobiography
As a child I was aware of my mother being different from my father and his family, and that her difference was somehow connected with her being Irish, but I knew almost nothing of her youth and upbringing. In the year or so before she died, she did begin to talk to me about her past. The first sequence of the book is based on those childhood memories. Only after my mother’s death do I go to Tipperary and there I begin to discover another story, the life she never told me about.
Robinson, Tim, Connemarra: The Last Pool of Darkness (London: Penguin, 2009). Solnit, Rebecca, Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Landscape Wars of the American West (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).
Author: Louise Westling
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
This authoritative collection of rigorous but accessible essays investigates the exciting new interdisciplinary field of environmental literary criticism.
It's a spot so tranquil, so secluded, that philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once called it 'the last pool of darkness in Europe' and escaped civilization here in pursuit of a higher level of thought. While electrification has shed a ...
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Sports & Recreation
Explore 50 of the greatest, most thrilling road cycling routes the world has to offer, guided by the experts at the world's biggest road cycling magazine. Route maps, first-hand ride reports and truly breathtaking photography from the finest cycling photographers come together in this celebration of the world on two wheels. Covering the very best of Europe, from the twisting trails of northern Norway to the winding coast of southern Spain, this beautiful book also includes rides from as far afield as Vietnam, Ethiopia and Lebanon, as well as the USA.
Wittgenstein The last pool of darkness in Europe. Where one can see the stars. God has not forsaken it. Russell (to the sudden louder sound of the seabirds circling around) Nor have the birds. Wittgenstein I'm really no good for the ...
Author: William Lyons
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Difficult to know and impossible to forget, Ludwig Wittgenstein is remembered as the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century. He published only one book in his lifetime - a masterpiece that moulded the evolution of philosophy and baffled his teachers. Spanning most of his life, from his early encounters with Bertrand Russell in Cambridge to a final trip to New York via the Russian Front, Wittgenstein: The Crooked Roads tracks the journeys of a tortured soul. William Lyons, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Trinity College, Dublin, has written a moving and philosophically acute journey through successive decades of Wittgenstein's career. The play received its world premiere on 19 April 2011 at the Riverside Studios.
... of deep chapel on its eponymous island as “ an intensification and perfecting of the geographies ' . island's being " , the masonry making Connemara : recent stonework “ look like exercises The Last Pool of Darkness in bad taste " .
Then we got down to the final pool of jurors, about fifty-four, that we use to select twelve jurors and six alternate jurors, all of which would sit as jurors throughout the trial. After the hearing where peremptory challenges were ...
Author: Minnie Alford
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The following story is about the life and times of serial killer Robert Yates. How did Robert-a decorated army helicopter pilot, friend, father, and husband-become such a vicious killer? How did one man put an entire state into a nightmare? This is his life story told in his own words. It is a candid recounting of his life, before, during, and after, his murderous rampage. It is an insight into his own psyche, one plagued with twists and turns that would leave at least sixteen innocent women dead. He describes in detail his story of redemption and God's grace. This book will allow you to come to your own conclusions pertaining to whether the depths of darkness can truly find the light.
In the final pool under the stump of an old oak he could barely see his fly, a tiny silhouette drifting slowly across the ... then slipped the fish back into the water where it lay for a moment before disappearing into the darkness ...
Author: Anthony E Young
On a spring morning in 2008 Professor Lucien McCulloch is preparing to operate at a London Clinic. He is at the pinnacle of his career as an internationally renowned Gynaecologist, popular and successful. His patient is the wife of a vindictive Libyan politician who has threatened dire consequences if the operation does not go to plan. In Lucien McCulloch's hospital a new Chief Executive wants impossibly radical changes in the department that McCulloch heads. At home his wife is becoming more resentful of the demands of his professional life. This novel follows the taut chronology of the next six months as Lucien is pursued, excluded and rejected, then escapes to the French countryside during the fast paced tapestry of events in London, Tripoli and France that eventually lead to a resolution.
Tears stung his eyes as he stumbled along the corridors of white marble, emerging at last at the Pool of Silence. He sat at the Pool's edge; ... In the distance a deeper darkness gathered, then a bright light shone beyond the darkness.
Author: David Gemmell
Publisher: Hachette UK
'THE HARD-BITTEN CHAMPION OF BRITISH HEROIC FANTASY' - Joe Abercrombie 'HEROISM AND HEARTBREAK . . . GEMMELL IS ADRENALINE WITH SOUL' - Brent Weeks The gateway between past and present has opened, and evil forces of enormous power are unleashed. To close the gateway, the Sword of God must be found, and all that is known is that it shines in the clouds above the City of Beasts - a city ruled by the Dark Queen. Only one man can stand at the gateway of time - Jon Shannow, the Last Guardian. The hunters from his past who seek his death are but the first obstacle. For what Shannow doesn't know is that his actions could warp time itself - and herald the doom of worlds. Novels by David Gemmell The Drenai series Legend The King Beyond the Gate Waylander Quest For Lost Heroes Waylander II: In the Realm of the Wolf The First Chronicles of Druss the Legend Jon Shannow series Wolf in Shadow The Last Guardian Bloodstone Stones of Power Ghost King Last Sword of Power Hawk Queen series Ironhand's Daughter The Hawk Eternal Ancient Greece novels Lion of Macedon Dark Prince Other novels Knights of Dark Renown Morningstar
One deep kiss of light to eclipse the last pool of darkness in Europe and all sink back into shadow rested , confirmed that tomorrow will be glorious . The wait is ancient ; no God has risen from this cold sea yet .
Author: Eavan Boland
This groundbreaking anthology includes poetry from Eavan Boland, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Medbh McGuckian, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Rita Ann Higgins, Paula Meehan, Mary O'Malley, Kerry Hardie, and Moya Cannon.
Praise for There Will Come a Darkness “A can’t miss debut from an exciting new talent.” –Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Slayer “Even in a world filled with graces and prophets, the real magic of There Will ...
Author: Katy Rose Pool
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows meets Kristin Cashore's Graceling, with a dash of Winter is Coming, in this showstopping debut YA fantasy--and recipient of FOUR starred reviews! A Morris Award Finalist for best debut young adult novel! A Kirkus Best Book of the Year! A Tor.com Best YA SFF/Horror Book of the Year! "One of the most stunning debuts of the year." —Seventeen The Age of Darkness approaches. Five lives stand in its way. Who will stop it . . . or unleash it? For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations—until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. With chaos on the horizon, five souls are set on a collision course: A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up. One of them—or all of them—could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes. Praise for There Will Come a Darkness “A can’t miss debut from an exciting new talent.” –Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Slayer “Even in a world filled with graces and prophets, the real magic of There Will Come a Darkness is in how Pool has crafted her heroes—messy, flawed, and so beguilingly human. I dare you not to fall madly in love with all of them.” —Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess * "A well-crafted, surprising, and gripping start to a new trilogy." —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review