Delighted to announce our Ireland Yoga Holiday 2018...Sept 12-22nd, 10 days from Cork City, visit to Ballymaloe Cookery School, down to stay at Glengarriff-lodge.com located on 50 acres of protected woodland, exploring the Beara Peninsula and along the Wild Atlantic Way through West Cork to Kinsale for our final 3 nights in the Gourmet Capital of Ireland.
This is a Yoga Holiday to Ireland I've created with my friend and yoga teacher Shanthala T. Medappa. We have known each other for over 5 years now, this is the 3rd Yoga Holiday we have collaborated on will continue to do so, because our Holidays are created with the intention to share our passions of Travel, Yoga and immersive experiences in local culture through the people, local food, and the relationships we have built over years.
This wonderful Yoga Holiday will aim to uplift your body and soul with daily hatha yoga practices, mindfulness meditation, walks, pranayama and chants, whilst exploring the lovely surroundings of the County of Cork, Ireland. Its the perfect way to bond with yourself and with nature and deepen your personal practice, self-study and reflection in one of the most beautiful countries - a truly transformation experience!
Aine Edwards, after meeting the 91 year old, decided to produce a documentary on Sr Loreto, filmed around the time of her Jubilee, or 70 years of sisterhood.
Aine wanted to not only share her story but also celebrate the work of so many other Irish educators in India.
Sr Loreto aka Peg Houlihan left her rural farmhouse in Tinhalla near Carrick-An-Suir in Co Tipperary in 1943, became a sister novitiate in the UK before departing for India.
In 2003 I left Ireland for Chennai in India, to live in Perambur among the Anglo-Indian community and volunteer as a teacher at The Little Lambs School. Although Sr Loreto, a Presentation nun from Co Tipperary now aged 91, was living close by, it was three months before we met.
In 1943, 16-year-old Peg Houlihan had left her rural farmhouse in Tinhalla near Carrick-An-Suir in Co Tipperary. She became a Presentation Sister noviciate in the UK before departing for the distant shores of India. Her ship set sail from Liverpool to Bombay as the second World War was drawing to a close, and she celebrated her 17th birthday on board.
During that journey and its many blackouts, Sr Loreto bravely looked forward - spending a lot of time on the ship learning the ancient Tamil language, the beautiful letters which she has never forgotten.
Eight-year-old Kamali Moorthy, a child prodigy, is the only girl skateboarder and surfer in her hamlet in Tamil Nadu.
For the skateboarding community in India, Kamali is a child prodigy. She is not a professional skateboarder yet, but she is already a part of the circuit and goes on tours with other skateboarders. How did this young girl from a fishing hamlet in coastal TN become the next big thing in Indian skateboarding?
Destined to meet
“Kamali was only 3 years old when she started skating on a slope built by Holystoked collective, which builds skating ramps across the country,” Aine says, “Mahabs has always been a surfer’s town, and skateboarding is concrete surfing, so it goes hand-in-hand here.”
Fans of fusion music are in for a rare treat, as the band AnTara (literally ‘the space between’ in Sanskrit), of Irish musicians Tommy Hayes and Matthew Noone, are set to perform at the Thiru Gokarnam temple, in Pudhukottai district, as a part of a Music Heritage Revival Concert Series, and also at the annual Thyagaraja Aradhana festival in Thiruvaiyaru, the birthplace of the Carnatic composer, Sri Thyagaraja.
Great write up on our Maldives Yoga Holiday, in this weekly publication Indulge - The New Indian Express. with Shanthala T Medappa and Mohamed Arif of Scuba Inn Guest House, Omadhoo Island Maldives.
I have created a unique holiday itinerary based around my passions for Ireland and India,
People would normally think of a yoga holiday in India, but why not do the opposite and
take a group from India to Ireland to do a retreat on the scenic Wild Atlantic Way coastline.
It's a 10 day Holiday - 2 Days in Cork and 2 in Dublin, with a 6 day Yoga Retreat at an Irish Country Farmhouse hosted by Shirley O' Halloran. The Yoga retreat will be lead by Shantala T. Medappa, a native of Coorg, an area in India which I really feel the closest to the Irish way of hospitality. The afternoons will be spent touring to Ballymaloe (Rachel Allen), Kinsale, Inchadoney Spa, Beaches, visit Cafes, Craft Stores, Meet Artists, Walking, Sightseeing...we have a wonderful itinerary planned.
Your personal guides and drivers on the holiday will be Áine & Liam Edwards, a father and daughter team, who both understand the needs of an Indian guest and are passionate about sharing their love of Ireland with you. So you will feel truly pampered with 4 people to take care of you in a group of maximum 8 guests. The rooms will be based on a person sharing cost, and we will ensure that the group and personal needs of all of you will be taken care of before and during the holiday to Ireland.
All the details and costs are outlined in the 4 posters, do contact me for any more details:
firstname.lastname@example.org +91-8939291905 (INDIA) +353-86-6680952 (IRELAND)
In a strange twist of fate, through Cork/Chennai consultant Áine Edwards, we also met the great accordion player Tony MacMahon, who was at that time staying in India. It was perhaps through something of the heartfelt world of Irish music that Tony represents that we actually came to our most successful collaboration. Tony has been a regular visitor to India for many years, and through Áine had been introduced to Professor Subramanian and his school in Chennai. Tony had been very moved by the veena and Indian music in general and I had met him in Ireland at several Indian classical concerts. It was through these connections that I came to know of the Professor’s music and the original idea for an Irish–Indian collaboration began.
With yoga holidays becoming a trend now, coupled with World Yoga Day coming up next week, expat entrepreneur in the city, Aine Edwards, talks about organising a unique trip — a yoga retreat from Chennai to Ireland, where she teams up with her dad, Liam Edwards. Though planned for September, Aine has already chalked out the itinerary.
St Patrick’s Day, which will be celebrated on March 17, is an annual event that celebrates the Irish heritage and culture. This year, the Irish Embassy and Irish Honorary Consuls have decided to celebrate the day with pomp and gaiety. They will be holding events in major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.
As we watch Kamali go up and down the ramps, showing off her potential, Aine Edwards, an entrepreneur who frequents the town to surf tells us, “Jaime Thomas, a famous skateboarder who also runs a skateboard-making company, came down here and gifted her his skateboard. But she shares this with all the children here and they take turns on the ramps. It’s amazing to see them just enjoy themselves.”
A six-year-old girl from Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, Kamali Moorthy is ruling skateboarding legend Tony Hawk's Facebook and Instagram page.
The girl who is known to have amazing skills at skateboarding, got an opportunity to take a lesson or two from skateboarder Jamie Thomas himself. It was Aine Edwards, a Chennai-based consultant who introduced Kamali to the American professional skateboarder and skateboard industry entrepreneur Thomas, when the latter was in India.
Sr. Loreto Houlihan, who has served the community for more than 70 years, reminisces about the journey to then Madras from Ireland when she was 16. She opens up about learning Tamil on board the ship, working with the Santhal community and how Chennai is home to her now.
A film in the making produced by Áine Edwards.
Is it ironic that as the UN summit has been taking place in Paris, where I live, Chennai in the south of India, has been hit by the worst floods in over 100 years. There are reports of 280 dead and 28,000 rescued.
I left Chennai for two days to attend a business meeting in Dubai last week and haven’t been able to return because the city has been so destroyed.
After my interviews with Murthy Megavan and Mani about their rescue work during the Chennai flooding here is my written story.
"Murthy Megavan, known as the fisherman who learned to surf, used these simple yet powerful words to describe the people he and his team of surfers rescued during the three weeks of the Chennai flooding - “Rich or poor doesn’t matter, they are all human. We helped old people, students, babies, injured people, disabled people and delivered food to isolated areas and villages”.
Happy Christmas and New Year 2016 to all connections in Ireland, India and Globally.
Here's to an exciting 2015 with clients and partners making India work - together.
Bridging businesses and building relationships across cultures. A happy client from Northern Ireland, a happy team from India, all together enjoying a night out in an Irish pub in India. The pints of Murphys, Irish fries and Stew were flowing. Business can be fun too.
Delighted to be featured on my first magazine cover, in this months Chennai Define City Guide. Interviews with ex-pats on their lives in Chennai, in 2003 I first arrived in Chennai to volunteer with Little Lambs School setup by Maria Gislen. Next year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school building we fundraised for between 2003-2006.
Photographer and cross-cultural projects manager Áine Edwards came to India on her first trip some 16 years ago, volunteering to help a cousin set up his software firm. And then, three years ago, Googling to find connections between India and Ireland, she found there were hardly any. Yet, she knew Indians were going to Ireland. “We have a lot of common history, but it seemed as if it was wafting away.” Fascinated with the idea of fostering cultural exchange and building ties, Áine, a photographer, brought painters Victor Richardson, Maeve Mcmanamon, Dorothee Roberts, Carol Booth and ceramicist Sara Roberts, together for Contrasts. This venture was supported by Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy at New Delhi. Honorary Consul General of Ireland in Chennai, Rajeev Mecheri, optimistic for the two countries coming closer on this platform, said “Art and culture is fundamental to any society.”
"Entrepreneur Aine Edwards, who is a regular surfer, said that surfing breaks down barriers. She said, “I see expats, who work in Chennai, surf alongside local fishermen. Everyone is equal in the water After surfing, the kids were beaming. Surfing brings not only joy, but it empowers too.”
Here is my published article and photos in this months Culturama Magazine:
"An 19-year-old magazine which has the distinction of being the 'only' publication
that gives a voice to expatriates and Indians alike, Culturama has a mission of
promoting better understanding of the living Indian ethos."
The article is about the culture of surfing in India, from page 12 onwards....enjoy.