Crossroads

from Beyond the Bog Road by Eileen Ivers

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One could either choose to stay in Ireland and survive - especially through many challenging times like the Famine and Great Hunger of the 1840s - or to go “beyond the bog road” and emigrate to try to find a better life. Whatever the choice, it would change their life and their children’s lives forever. Those who chose to stay in Ireland treasured the land - worked hard by day in the fields and the bog, and at night, enjoyed the warmth of the turf fire from the bog which was always at the heart of the home. Their worn hands and feet, calloused from
hard work during the day, played joyous music at night with nimble fingers while dancing gracefully with rhythmic feet. There were times in the bog where the sod was so wet that making turf from the land proved very difficult. The poor farmer would desperately try to get turf sods from this mud and eventually by doing so, would literally create “fire from mud”...

A few years back, we helped organize a gathering at the crossroads of the pre-famine village where my dad was born, a get-together not unlike that of in days past. Many neighbors came and met at the crossroads of the village and life was again celebrated through music and dance. One older villager, Tom Nolan, remarked how he couldn’t bear to think of what the poor souls of this pre-famine village endured and of what became of those who had ventured beyond this village. That insight inspired this tune that night and the rest of the melody was hummed to completion during a subsequent walk down the bog road with my husband on one of those rare and precious cloudless Mayo mornings.

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from Beyond the Bog Road, released March 4, 2016
{Music: Ivers/Mulligan, 3:17}

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