Thursday, July 30, 2009
Burrishoole Abbey, found off the main road just outside Newport about 7-8 miles away, is a Dominican priory founded in the 15th C. and fortified and garrisoned sometime during the 16 C. Its many graves include a priest hung by the British in 1798 for insurrection and IRA captain killed in 1923 during the Irish Civil War. It's also been a favored picnic spot for T. and I for some time now. As you can see from the photos it's a beautiful, well-kept spot that not many people know about. Yesterday, T. and I had the place to ourselves, apart from the maintenance crew and a pair of swans.
R.I.P., George Russell. This performance of Russell's "Stratusphunk" features Bill Evans on piano and Art Farmer on trumpet: