A hundred thousand welcomes to my blog.  I retired in 2013 after 37 years teaching English and four as Deputy Principal of Scoil Mhuire agus Íde in Newcastle West, County Limerick, in Ireland. My interests include education, literature, politics, religion and sport.

I’m married to Kate – my long-suffering soulmate and we’ve been blessed as we watched our daughter and son grow up into their glorious selves.  I love my own place, Knockaderry, and the people who live there. My present preoccupations are: family, GAA, parish – and blogging!

I hope to collect here some musings about life in the slow lane! This blog will be a repository of my rants, my rambles and my reviews of poetry and fiction. It will also include some analysis of the political situation not already adequately covered in my rants section!

I don’t believe in perfection and have always agreed with Leonard Cohen when he says in Anthem:

Ring the bells that still can ring,

Forget your perfect offering,

There is a crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in.


Thank you for stopping by,

Vincent Hanley

Twitter: @Cnocandoire



11 thoughts on “Céad Míle Fáilte – Welcome

  1. Dear Vincent, thanks so much for the mention in your Michael Hartnett post. I’m late with this because I have so little time for blogging at the moment so am totally envious of your retirement. It’s so interesting that you made a comparison to Heaney in your post as Heaney and Hartnett were the subjects of my PhD thesis back in 2008: Early Attachments and Identification Processes in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Michael Hartnett. It’s online somewhere if you have the time to Google it, author name is Sharon Moore, Safia being my nom de plume 🙂 As I live and work abroad now, I only get the summer months in Ireland, but one of these years, I’ve promised myself a trip to Newcastle West for Eigse Michael Hartnett, so maybe we’ll meet in the future, God willing.


    1. Thank you Safia/Sharon – would love to welcome you to Newcastle West some time soon – maybe you’d give the Hartnett Memorial Lecture sometime. I knew Hartnett when he returned to West Limerick in the Seventies – actually I taught his son, Niall. I had him in to read to my students but that wasn’t always a good idea! I’m a great dan of his, however, and I’m delighted that he continues to receive serious academic attention in works such as your own dissertation.

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      1. Niall was such a great help to me when digging for details and generous with his time. Great to make the connection, and yes, would jump at the opportunity to speak at Eigse – maybe when I retire to my own wee cottage in Mayo, Galway, or Limerick! Can just imagine Michael reading to school kids and offering his take on life in general – memories to cherish, no doubt.

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  2. Vincent, many thanks for bestowing a follow on my blog, it is greatly appreciated and you are warmly welcomed aboard. I see you just up the road in County Limerick. Allow me to explore your blog awhile, MM 🍀


  3. Thanks for following The Immortal Jukebox Vincent. I hope you will enjoy the wide variety of music covered and some entertaining writing. I welcome comments from readers. I usually post on a weekly basis. If it has been a while since you last visited come on over and see what’s new! Regards and good luck with all your projects. Thom.


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