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  • n. Plural form of boreen.


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  • Last year, my partner Ro and I explored the islands of Inis Meán and Inis Oirr, clambering over dry-stone walls, walking down ancient boreens accompanied by Tim Robinson's increasingly dog-eared map.

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  • On either side rose the thatched cabins of the peasantry, the peat smoke curling from the chimneys, the little boreens running through the bushes, the brown Irish bogs, the heather in blossom, the turf stacks, the laughing colleens ....

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  • As they rode over the bogs and in the boreens among the hills they could see fire answering fire from hill to hill, from horizon to horizon, and everywhere groups who danced in the red light on the turf, celebrating the bridal of life and fire.

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  • When the procession had passed on, Costello began to follow again, and saw from a distance the coffin laid upon a large boat, and those about it get into other boats, and the boats move slowly over the water to Insula Trinitatis; and after a time he saw the boats return and their passengers mingle with the crowd upon the bank, and all disperse by many roads and boreens.

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  • How many exiles and wanderers, both those who have no fortune and those who have failed to win it, dream of these cabin rows, these sweet-scented boreens with their 'banks of furze unprofitably gay,' these leaking thatches with the purple loosestrife growing in their ragged seams, and, looking backward across the distance of time and space, give the humble spot a tender thought, because after all it was in their dear native isle!

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  • Nora did not stay long with her father that morning, and soon after ten o'clock she and Molly were flying through the boreens and winding roads in the direction of Slieve Nagorna.

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  • Beside the paths and boreens, wild flowers bloom in untainted profusion. Breaking News

  • I don't know if anyone else feels the same way about this song, but to me it sounds absolutely like driving through little Irish country roads late at night, eyes out the window, headlights bouncing across ditches and fields, little gated-off boreens.

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  • Not that Mr Gilmore is tramping the boulevards and boreens to get the vote out. - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • Cork boreens tied to the back of the military’s Crossley tenders consoled themselves with fond thoughts of the “electedness” of those who paid the driver to stamp on thepedal.

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