Monthly Archives: September 2008

And the craic was good

The first time I heard the word craic used was in a great (but obscure) Van Morrison song: Coney Island.

Here are the lyrics:

Coming down from downpatrick
Stopping off at st. johns point
Out all day birdwatching
And the craic was good
Stopped off at strangford lough
Early in the morning
Drove through shrigley taking pictures
And on to killyleagh
Stopped off for sunday papers at the
Lecale district, just before coney island

On and on, over the hill to ardglass
In the jamjar, autumn sunshine, magnificent
And all shining through

Stop off at ardglass for a couple of jars of
Mussels and some potted herrings in case
We get famished before dinner

On and on, over the hill and the craic is good

Heading towards coney island

I look at the side of your face as the sunlight comes
Streaming through the window in the autumn sunshine
And all the time going to coney island Im thinking,
Wouldnt it be great if it was like this all the time.

That was my first exposure with craic. Over the years, as I became more familiar with the term, I realized there has been no shortage of great conversations with friends and family in my life.

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Just last Sunday, I stopped by Rowsters Coffee as Kurt and several other folks were roasting a goat in their back parking lot. Just because- it was a a cold Sunday afternoon in January and, why not?

I had a chance to meet several individuals, all very excited about the developments happening in the Wealthy/Cherry/Mid-Town neighborhoods. I talked with the owners of The Winchester, a new bar/restaurant that will be opening up soon in the old Somerdyke Plumbing building on Wealthy St. “We are going to be successful”. (Check out the link and great article from Rapid Growth Media)

The craic is good in west Michigan- you just got to know where to find it!

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