Mary Sheehan Coming Home To Cook

July 17, 2008

To the sunny southeast

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Before leaving Dublin, I dropped a lot of books off at Cultivate on Essex St. West.  I have to admire a retail shop with a mission. As the website states it’s purpose is  to respond to climate change by giving the public the knowledge and tools to cultivate sustainable lifestyles. Mark, the shop manager was very friendly and professional. There’s a gorgeous garden in a courtyard in the back and the shop is light filled and airy, you could spend a lot of time and euros in there! It feels good to have the book in so many wonderful places.        I headed north to Malahide for a quick stop at the health food store, Revitalise where Regina took books for that shop and the one in Maynooth.  I headed south around Dublin on the infamous M50 and landed in Dalkey. What beautiful little village. I remember stopping here a few years ago when I visited my nephew Patrick who was working at the Glencree Reconciliation Centre.   Oliver at Select store on Railway Road took Coming Home To Cook and I promised I would send him a press release and a point of sale leaflet. He has a packed health food shop with a fantastic lunch counter, interesting menu and juice bar.  Over to The Exchange Bookshop  on Castle St.owned by Michael Simmons. Michael was very impressed with the book, and it is being sold on the front counter! While there, I met David Knight a Photographer who has a Design and Publishing Company. He creates Irish made greeting cards  He has a great catalog and the cards are spectacular with all kinds of themes. My favorites were the greeting cards with the illustrations taken from Trinity College Libraries’ rare and unique book collection. We exchanged products and had a great chat about how to help each other in our networking efforts. More magic in Ireland, everywhere I go, I meet creative, generous people.   Down to Bray, another lovely coastal town to Littlebray Books owned by David Cassidy who also owns Frascati in Blackrock.  Sean Egan, a retired professor and writer took my books for the front counter and placed one in the window.  Good craic there! Sean was another beautiful Irish character!         Last stop of the day was in Wicklow Town to Health and Healing, a big shop filled with all kinds of good healthy foods, and crafts. Hillary who owns the very large and well stocked Bridge St. Books took a supply for the front counter! Wicklow is a very historic old town with a real character to it. It has a beautiful monument in the square to those who fought in the 1798 rebellion.  I drove the coast road from Wicklow to Arklow. The Irish Sea is very different from the wild Atlantic of West Clare, but beautiful in it’s on way. I got a real “beachy” feeling as I worked my way down to Wexford to Judy’s cottage in Cullenstown Strand, the sunny southeast.

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