I was asked to check out a Instagram page by a friend for a friend, who was cooking up a storm in the kitchen. If you check out Sikuka's page you will see such a varied cooking that would make any chef jealous. Sikuka does it as a hobbie at the moment, while studying in college. Sikuka Rose MaGuire, settled in Longford, and has a great passion for food, might inspire you, Sikuka made me the best soup I ever had wasn't even expecting it, and a few sweet cinnamon rolls that were delish.
Meet the lovely family business that just set up recently in Longford Town. I was told about this place by several people and I had to check it out. Just across from Aldi and beside Iceland, I was told they are lovely people running it, and great goodies on offer. Bakery, where everything is freshly baked the night before, and I mean the night before. I called by few times and had to talk about it on here. Once you call by you will be soon a regular, check it out and taste fresh baked goods, cakes, buns and bread. They came to Ireland 2012, and living now in Edgeworthstown, and in the last year they had planned to open this store. They believe there is an appetite for Portuguese food stuff and wine, many travel there and they will appreciate what they have on offer. Tiago a handy man with wood also, the benches and all the wood is done by him, he may open up a space upstairs in near future to sell furniture and various wood workings, he is already getting orders. Taigo's father also helping out with the business, its all hands on deck, I bumped into Taigo sometime in the evening of the 7th around 7.30pm in a supermarket, and told me he had just not long finished and looked tired, I said what time did you start at, 2am he told me with the baking, and wanted to finish off a new section in store for the staff. The word is spreading fast by word of mouth, its proving a very popular place, don't take my word for it check it out yourself, you be glad you did
Ash Tennege, from the Seychelles, I thought he looks a it to overly dressed for a cold morning in Dublin, whats his story. Told me he was from the Seychelles, and I said and wtf are you doing here, Hotel management he said studying in Dublin. He had badly cut his finger and was off to St James that morning for a new clean bandage, he wanted to show me a video of how it happened, said your ok no need. nice chap wished him all the best didn't mind me asking for a photo, does a little photography himself too he said. when he is finished his study's he will go back home to work in hospitality industry
Bumped into James and Sean, in the very helpful Baxters Total Health Pharmacy Chemist, Longford Town. Some of ye may know I had a clot in Lung last week, not a pleasant thing but over the worst thank God . Now I didn't ask them who got the blue pill or the red pill. But always nice to bump into townies and have an auld chat, something sentimental about it, the town is not totally as bad as its being portrayed.
Beautiful Lala on a working holiday for a year, working in cafe Connolly station. hoping within and after the year is done to travel, Sweden one country she really wants to visit and maybe going to Iceland next month. From Taiwan, likes Ireland but reckons, with the weather we are having now its much colder than home, but summers are similar, a small county and not may parks like here.
Wanna add something new to your dinner, an aspiring chef, Longford has its own taste of a little China Town, with a Chinese supermarket just across from tescos.
Met Micheal at Connolly Station, very distiguishly dressed had to ask what the gentleman did, part of nli National Library of Ireland herald of Arms
You may see him regularly just outside tescos on a Saturday busking, he has been doing so for over four years now in Longford. Weekends mainly might do it on an odd week during the week if he has business in town. Love what I do and I like to people watch too, the security guys very friendly bunch of guys in tescos also watch out for me if there's any issues. You might have seen me with a dog he's retired to the home place watching over a new pup I have had Clara for fourteen and a half years. Myself I was born in Liverpool spent most of my time travelling to Ireland to family. My father from Dublin moved to England where he my mother who really wanted to be a nun, and her parents said that it wasn't for her, my father was in his forties when he married. In Rooskey five years, my 9th county to have lived in, before Lexlip, Cork, Wexford, Clare, Galway, among others. Singing, I use to sing when I was a kid, but when nobody was around, even in waiting rooms of various kinds, if someone came in I would stop straight away. Got better and better and took the plunge to do busking, started on my birthday on the 22nd July 1998. Songs I used to like and mess with I learnt by heart and sang them. I was hooked, love it even now, if I won the lotto, I still would busk no doubt. I finiacjed myself with my own money, I took a trip to the Camino walk in Spain, not to walk it but to be near it, and get a sense of it. A festival was happening at the time, I was invited back to a private party, the building was 800 years old would have been owned by a wealthy merchant originally, it's nice to connect with people you meet. Learnt in school that I went to that I had a form of dyslexia, but never stopped me, from reading and writing. I revisited where I did go to secondary but nothing left of it, only a pub that was across the road is the only thing that looks familiar now. I remember that the time that led up to my first song I wrote myself. I had seventy pound in my pocket, left my car in Larne and got ferry 5.30, was busking my way through Scotland, was four days of solid rain. I there was an open mic night, where I went in, to get something to eat, and while I was waiting on my food, and had eaten in it, I had two verses and a chorus written down, called I ‘The nice and sleezy Callodian blues’. My music my type was inspired by jazzy folk music, leanord Cohen, Guy Clarke Mick Hanley. I did workshops on writing song structure. Once I was lucky enough to have gotten a spot in an exclusive workshop in California, retreat and music workshop with a Los Angeles guy which was like winning the lotto to get accepted was a great experience.its held once a year in Oct usually, I did it in 2010, you were taught techniques on writing as I said an you would play and they would whomever there at time would critique also. I also part of IMRO, ‘Irish Music Rights Organisation’, songs i've written, in the hundreds now I would say. I met Pat Eggleston, who use to do kids TV when I was young, he was writing poetry, Welcome to my head and Please take of your boots. I gave him a CD Album of my work, he said, ‘you know if I take it off you I’d have nothing to play it on but just to say this, this is a momentous occasion’. Work wise I remembered working in a chocolate factory everybody would think a great job, I went for lunch one day, and I thought I cant do this, and I said to the boss I can't do it, I have to go, he said it's there if you wanna come back every, but I said if you ever see me coming shoot me. Had this great idea to do door to door busking, go from 11am to 11pm, getting random buses into random places wearing trench coat umbrella with me and a hat. Also try to sell cds of my albums. Had bought a little care 2002 with a small loan, I wanted to record where I was going the mileage, wanted to do all 32 counties, it became like a job though. I had called it ‘’Thunder and Lighting Topples Troubadour Tour’’.
Loving my life now if I had any advice for anybody would be to be yourself, I feel like home in myself, and I have three children life.
...A auld chat goes a long way bring back the simple things in life and friendliness we are known for
Many an hours on the train sleep read study and sometimes an auld chat. Tony Peacock was one of these gentlemen that was courteous to a chat. Speeds up travel no end, and a good auld chat we had politics to world affairs and anecdotal story's. One of which was a story he told me that he heard from a friend who heard it from friend, he said it was true and I wish it to be. This guy was a train driver who worked on a specific line who was on his mobile chatting about an up and coming match, ten minutes later he realised he went straight by a station he was supposed to stop at you can only imagine the dismay and anger of commuters. The train we were on was one of them old dart trains that always has a weird smell, and the notice board was ahead of itself by two stops, where by the notice board I was getting off at said Dromod but correct and actual station was Longford, I love the Irishness of it, cant imagine that happening in many other countries.