Home? I’m already home? And I’m stuck here too, apparently. What are you talking about?
Why, Ireland, of course, you ninny.
During these times in which we find ourselves—I know, I know, I never thought this day would come, but it has, so we should do the best we can and take good care of one another, yes?—what better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day then a re-watch (or watch for the first time!) of Gabriel Byrne’s lyrical adventure, Into The West?
Into The West is a film about two young boys, Tito ( Ruaidhrí Conroy) and Ossie (Ciarán Fitzgerald), whose father (Gabriel Byrne) was “King of the Travellers” until his wife, Mary, dies during the birth of their second son, Ossie. The boys’ grandfather (David Kelly) is an old story-telling Traveller, who regales the children with Irish folk-tales and legends. When he is followed by a beautiful white horse called Tír na nÓg (meaning “Land of Eternal Youth” in Irish), from the sea to Dublin, where the boys and their father now live, the boys are overwhelmed with joy and the dreams of becoming cowboys. The horse is stolen from them and they begin their adventure to get their mystical horse back. They escape the poverty of a north Dublin council estate, and go “Into the West” where they find that Tír na nÓg is not just a horse.~ Wikipedia
You can read more about the film, check out a video interview with Gabriel, and enjoy pics and more videos at the Into The West Mega Movie Page.
So, take a trip to Ireland and enjoy Into The West. I’ve been to Galway, where some of the movie was filmed, and to the Dingle Peninsula, which is “way out west,” and I can tell you, I would rather be in those places than almost anywhere on this Earth, now or at any time. It is a land of green, blue, and sunshine (in the summertime, anyway!), with a history that calls to you, whether or not your ancestors lived there. Some pictures from my trip to Ireland in 2014:
Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and yours and all the best on this special day!
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! Sláinte! heart