From Sea to Table: The MUNCHIES Guide to Norway

Halaigh Whelan-McManus
Halaigh Whelan-McManus. He’s a savage for bacon and cabbage

Randomly came across this on YouTube this week, I had seen some from the Munchies channel before but never from such an engaging host. Halaigh Whelan-McManus is our host, a sous-chef at Maaemo, the three-star Michelin restaurant. He takes us through a personal and informative look at Norwegian food and cooking via some not so local locals. The style is beautiful and Halaigh’s interactions and excitement feel so genuine and heartfelt that it really is a joy to watch. Prepare for a culinary tour that doesn’t attempt to be pretentious but has an Irish charm with a gorgeous Norwegian backdrop.

Catch part one and two below and let me know what you think of it.

From Sea to Table: The MUNCHIES Guide to Norway (Part 1)

Dining in Snowy Heights: The MUNCHIES Guide to Norway (Part 2)

Google creates virtual Easter Rising tour

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Google (Link) has created an amazing immersive experience of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. They have used photographys from the stunning Lawrence Collection from the NLI along with voice over and paperwork from the rising. With the 100th Anniversary of the Rising occurring this year it is no surprise that there has been a big effort put in but this is an amazing bit of work. The voice over by the wonderful Colin Farrell (writing this in a last film he did was The Lobster era) mixed in with street noises really brings a spine tingling audio experience using headphones.googleeasterrising

It reminds me a lot of the great work that History Pin has been doing for a number of years embedding archive images into google maps. It also reminds me of my use of the Lawrence Collection for my dissertation on it. You can see the interactive map I created that analysed tourist photography in Ireland and the influence of the Lawrence collection on it here. 


It is well worth mentioning that a large portion of the Lawrence Collection is available online and can be viewed over on the National Library of Ireland website. You can also engage and add new meanings and markers to these images via their Flickr account where they upload images to The Commons on a regular basis attempting to bring light to unknown people and locations that have appeared.


#TBT – @Notsquares @Forfey – August 2010

Every August in Northern Ireland something out west would manage to tempt the Belftiats from their caves to cross the River Bann. Being the only thing of creative interest to happen in Fermanagh since a certain Oscar was knocking about, Forfey was always on my calendar. Unfortunately this year building control decided it wasn’t to be.

Amigos, aficionados, artistes. It is with a heavy heart that we at Team F tell you that our beloved festival will not be taking place in 2015. For the last number of months, we’ve striven to pull strings, scratch backs and otherwise lather-up the authorities, but to no avail – our venues do not pass muster with building control. We’re still engaged with local, regional and provincial officialdom to see what can be done going forward, but for now, “Anno Rex” remains our latest and greatest achievement. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last nine years. We’ve seen some unforgettable moments in the most unlikely yet intimate venues. We’ve got bruises and fond memories from year one to year nine. We hope to make many more (of both). Love, Team F.

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Here is a few Throwback Thursday photos from five years ago at a great weekend. Not Squares absolutely destroyed the place and more than one barn in Fermanagh had a hangover. Here’s looking forward to 2016, 2017, 2018…


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The top of Fermanagh & the Great Wall of Cuilcagh


While I was back in greener and wetter pastures I managed to take a gaunt up to the highest point in all of Fermanagh and Cavan. Recently it has become even easier to make the 666metres(665m in some books) to the top with the building of a wooden walkway and stairs up the Fermanagh side of Cuilcagh. It even got itself a wee article in the impartial reporter, not that I am jealous.

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It’s a rather impressive structure and it made the walk a lot easier and a whole lot of a drier experience than I remembered. It shall be interesting to see what state a Fermanagh winter leaves it in. It does come to an abrupt end at the top and leaves the adventurer amongst the insane moon scape that is on the top of Cuilcagh. A flat barren top with no real features or points.



The limestone pavement, mixed with textures and shapes makes for an impressive location. It really got me thinking about Fermanagh and the abundance of gorgeous scenery and locations. This strange scenery is even used in Game of Thrones season 3 for Beric Dondarrion’s hideout. Which was filmed just down the road at Belmore Forest.

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