Step into the Magic of the Emerald Isle

Surely it is no wonder if Ireland feels like home to you. Signs proclaiming a hundred thousand welcomes are everywhere, greeting you like your grandmother’s embrace, a home-cooked meal, a warm fire and a cozy bed. 

Your first sight of the glistening green landscape begins to calm your mind and heal your jet lag. The exhilarating energy of salty sea air and wild Atlantic waves crashing against massive cliffs invigorates body and soul. The feeling of gentle, grassy earth beneath your feet seems to beckon, “Come rest awhile and be at peace.”

A pot of strong tea served with fresh scones, strawberry jam and butter from the world’s most contented cows is sure to soothe even the most jangled travelers. And the fresh, organic produce from local farms will make you want to eat only meals prepared by one of Ireland’s masterful chefs. 

Yet more than dramatic landscapes, incredible food and genuine hospitality, Ireland exudes the feeling of a place your soul knows, perhaps better than anywhere you’ve ever been.

Pronounce the island’s Gaelic name and you will understand. Éire (ay-rhe) must be voiced out on a gentle breath, tripped softly on the tongue, cradled in the mind and gathered back into the heart as a vow to return once more to somewhere so sacred you dare not speak it harshly or in haste.

Souls recognize this place where mystery lives in ancient stones, in Celtic lore and stirring song. And in soul poetry that arises from deep communion with sights and sounds not entirely of this world. Come, pull up a chair and let yourself be gathered in to what mystical poetess Cheryl Lafferty Eckl saw and felt and heard as she gratefully answered Éire’s call.

Thank you so much for sending us a copy of Sparks of Celtic Mystery: soul poems from Éire…we enjoyed it immensely. It took us on a soulful journey through our native land, and your insightful poems help to deepen our appreciation of it. We found the poems in the section “Reaching Out to the Wild Atlantic” most touching. The landscape on the covers, front and back, is striking and ‘Answering Éire’s Call’ is a beautiful summation of the entire work. Indeed all the photos and illustrations in the body of the book are evocative and fittingly compliment the sentiments of the poems.

Dr. Pádraig Ó Héalaí, retired Senior Lecturer in the School of Irish and a former Dean of Celtic Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Having never been to this part of the world, I was eager to read this collection. The sense of wonder, nature, and the atmosphere of this specific place is very clear and strong in the writer’s voice and tone of the poems. I also really appreciated the images that accompany the collection so that I could have a visual to go with the feeling the poems stirred up in me. I thought this collection was a really well written exploration and almost a meditation on the land, and the sense of magic that the history seems to convey. That sense of magic and wonder transfers through the page and I loved being able to feel that so vividly during the reading. In Relation to Silence, p. 19, and Liminal Flame, p. 30, were favorites. I loved the simple thought explorations, and especially in the later, the simple metaphor and connection between fire and creativity was beautiful. It presented an idea that I’m familiar with in a totally new way and that was really fresh. Lost and Found, p. 37, and The Way to Happiness, p. 89, were other favorites that stayed with me long after first reading. The collection is great, I would love to see more from this poet.

Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

ISBN: 978-0-9970376-4-7 Paperback, 120 pages
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