The Bees Knees….

The Bees Knees….

In typical Irish fashion, bees are closely associated with folklore and saints.

St. Modomnoc is credited with bringing bees to Ireland in the 6th Century, when his hives resolutely followed him across the Irish Sea as he returned from Wales.
St Gobnait, whose feast day is 11th Feb, is the patron saint of bees. She is portrayed by Harry Clarke in the luminous stained-glass windows of the Honan Chapel, University College Cork.

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Fota and the Rising, April 24 1916

That no rising happened in Cork on the 23rd-24th April 1916 might said to be down to Edwardian communications technology. It was impossible to communicate in secret at speed. The rising in Cork ran as follows:

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Christmas with the Bells

The Hall Dressed for Christmas with Male Bust and Tree

Mrs. Bell and her family used to dress up in very fancy clothes for Christmas. These were kept in storage in a chest in the attic. Christmas Eve was a hive of activity for the staff preparing for the next Continue reading