La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like we did and like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Paddy's Day in Sneem

Sneem, the village where I live, has had a parade on St Patrick's Day for yonks. Also on this day there is a substantial market and people flock here from afar.

These 4 photos were taken by Kerry Experience Tours - the very best in Ireland !  Kerry Experience Tours show you the  places that are not just the obvious tourist traps, so if you ever want to book a tour when you're around these parts your know who to call.

As you can see the weather was gorgeous, which made for a great atmosphere.

My mum, boasting a black eye* and green hair. Paddy's day, well and proper.

 The people.

And the parade.
 The flags that represent Ireland's counties.

The Men's Shed float.

 The kids are always the best.

 A reference to the 1916 rising.

 Ah ! The film crew from Star Wars. Yes, this area seem to be held in high regard for the film industry.  A smidgin of The Force Awakens was filmed on Skellig Michael , and island off the coast here. 
The Lobster was filmed almost entirely in Sneem.

Tahila Ladies Club

 The Beekeeper's Club.

 Making a point of what the people think about the last election and in particular the formation of a government.

The parade wouldn't be complete without the contribution of a few farm animals.

And that's it for another year.  Sneem has given the start  signal  for the upcoming tourist season. Let's make it a good one, with great visitors, a decent amount of sunshine and the best hospitality.

Patricia xxx...x

* My mum fell last Sunday and collected herself a bruised cheekbone. We both got a bit of a shock (I more so than her), but as you can see in the pictures above, she was in good spirit on St Patrick's day. She's now back home in Belgium.


  1. Ah, I love these photos! What a spot you've settled (back) into. I was just telling the version of your story that includes me (so of course just a wee wee smidgen) to a friend who wondered how I'd ended up marrying a farmer. And I remembered that it was your having lived in Sneem previously, and having done some craft workshops with Christine from Mill Little, that sent me WWOOFing in Ireland rather than what I'd initially planned after my time with you.

    Anyway! I love seeing this slice of your town's life.

    1. That 'smidgen' which included you was a very very beautiful part. I think fondly of our volunteers and you, Lisa, will always have a special place in my heart ! xxx...x

  2. Looks like a brilliant day.

    Your Mum is a real trooper isn't she, always with that lovely smile on her face :-)

    1. When she has that smile on her face, she's up to some mischief. ;)
      But yes, she is a real trooper.

  3. Glad to hear your Mum is well after her fall that is a corker of a bruise. That is some parade! A good turnout and good weather. ;)

    1. Thanks. Yes it was corker for sure.
      Sneem parade is the bees knees. :)


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