• Bernice Cooke

I'm not a fan of fishing but.....

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

There is something calming and relaxing about being beside water. I'm not talking about the sea as I don't live near the sea, I am about 54.5km from the sea to be exact. I mean the beautiful rivers that flow through the Irish countryside, I know they are a bit low in the volume of late because of our heatwave, but rivers hold special memories for me of summers paddling in the cool waters, or crazy water fights on the banks. Often my Dad would bring us on fishing trips to Meelick, my sister and I wouldn't fish we would sit on the banks with my Mam drawing or reading, my brother would be in his element with shouts from my mother "not to let him fall in".

Did you know..............

The longest river in Ireland is the Shannon, it is 360.5km long and includes three lakes Lough Allen, Lough Rea, and Lough Derg, Lough Derg is the largest of these lakes and one I am familiar with as is not too far from where I live.

Lough Derg has 179km of beautiful shoreline with the picturesque town of Portumna at its northern point to the historical towns of Killaloe and Ballina at its southern point.

Legend has it that the Shannon was created by the Celtic Goddess Sínnán who went looking for the salmon of knowledge at the bottom of Connla's well, the water rose up drowning Sínnán and dragged her out to sea.

It is well known that rivers were used to transport goods up and down the countryside, in the 10th century the vikings used the Shannon to plunder and raid wealthy monasteries. The Shannon has played host to many battles down through Irish History including the Irish Confederate Wars of 1641 - 53, and the Williamite War of 1689 - 91.

Nowadays the only sounds you will hear on the river Shannon is boats, birds, and wildlife.

Inspiration for one of the candles in my range came from childhood memories of this tranquill place. An Irish lough or lake captures the scents from the banks of a river or lake, with notes of honeysuckle and wild rose, it is a subtle reminder of why I love rivers.

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