There are many Secrets Of Ireland she also has many folklore stories, a strong history…… beautiful landscapes and seashore. And let’s not forget the perfect “cuppha tae” and delicious foods such as buttermilk scones to go with todays movie.
THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH
Fiona is a young Irish girl with an unusual family history, including a long-missing baby brother. When she goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, Fiona hears stories about her ancestors, tales that involve mythical creatures called selkies who can shift from seal to human form. After Fiona ends up on the small island of Roan Inish, her family’s ancestral home, she believes she may have found her little brother living by the sea.
“The east is our future, and the west is our past,” Fiona’s God-fearing grandmother (Eileen Colgan) declares. But the old island draws Fiona to it, even though her inquiries make her elders nervous. Before long, the girl is poking around on Roan Inish, accompanied by a 13-year-old cousin, Eamon (Richard Sheridan). One day she spies a naked wild child in a field, picking flowers. But when she cries out her lost brother’s name, the little boy runs off to a tiny boat-shaped cradle and paddles out to sea.
Fiona’s grandfather tells her of a Conneelly ancestor who fought the British to defend the Irish language. Then her dark-haired cousin Tadhg tells her about the forebear who fell in love with a “selkie” . He fathered a brood with her before she returned to her marine-mammal form.
Here is a small clip of the beginning of the movie. I own this movie and enjoy it very much through out the year and well worth the small fee some are charging to watch the full length movie on-line.
“The Secret of Roan Inish” freely mixes Celtic myth and everyday reality. Its focus is not so much on the collision of modern life with traditional ways as on a private journey to discover roots – of family history, geography and ties to nature.
An Irish Sketchbook – of Ireland in photographs!
The Secret of Roan Inish was filmed on the rugged coast of Donegal in northwestern Ireland which boast some of the highest cliffs in Ireland and England. BEAUTIFUL
IN MY IRISH COTTAGE KITCHEN
Put the kettle on for a cup or two of tay (Irish for tea)
Morning and afternoon tea in Ireland are often severed with scones, brown bread or soda bread topped with delicious Irish butter and jam.
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup currant (or raisins)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup of buttermilk
1 egg, slighty beaten
- Grease a baking sheet and pre-heat the oven to 375 ~ F.
- Blend the flours, sugar, salt,baking powder, baking soda and cream of tartar.
- Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it is well-distributed. Mix in the currants (or raisins) and caraway seeds.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and egg. Add this liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Turn onto a floured board and knead for a minute or two.
- Roll the dough flat to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut it into circles and place them on a greased baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on a wire rack, and serve warm with a pot of jam and a cup of tea. (cuppha Tae)
Where ever you go, whatever you do, May the Luck of the Irish be there with you!
Enjoy you Tae Time Movie. ~ Melissa
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