When the writer, Louise Kennedy,  referred to Hireath, the Welsh word for longing for home,  my friend the poet, Winifred Mc Nulty, challenged me to open up my “Heimat Coffer” to a wider public. Louise and Winifred were both reading for RTE One’s Sunday Miscellany programme at a live recording in Ballyshannon on 5th October.  In the years since the border around my Donegal homeplace became a European hot spot, I have been reflecting on the concept of Heimat – a German word which is also difficult to translate into English. This blog is a commitment to open up my coffer. Thanks to Louise and Winifred for the prompt.

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