Mushrooms and Beer Taps

If I were either an industrial designer or a biologist specializing in mycology I think I’d be drawn to beer taps. Once they were just utilitarian mechanical pumps drawing on the bartender’s strength to ‘pull’ ale from kegs. Now however these bright iconic taps sporting their manufacturer’s logos seem to sprout from bars like mushrooms. […]

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When Worlds Collide

Sometime coincidences are just a little too spooky. I was a little bit lost on the the back roads of County Cork when a tiny cemetery and chapel caught my attention. Later I learned it was Kilshannig Cemetery. Despite the rain I pulled off the road as best I could, found a small gate in […]

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The Fate of Shane O’Connor

Tibbot Bourke, the first Viscount of Mayo was a ruthlessly proud man so Irish legends tell. One evening at dinner, Tibbot’s wife Maeve mused how her brother Shane O’Connor was a stronger man than her husband. In his resulting rage Tibbot sought the man accused of being his better and they fought to the death. […]

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