So, what's the craic today?


"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. Rather, the best finish is to slide in, broadside, thoroughly used-up, totally worn-out and joyously proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride!' "

Wish I knew who said that. They knew that happiness is the journey, not the destination. Don't abuse yourself, but don't miss out on life by being too conservative, either. A Formula 1 driver doesn't cross the finish line with half a tank of fuel weighing him down. You can't save life in your fuel tank, waiting for a special occasion. Every day is a special occasion. If you don't believe that, try missing one.

Here's the link to the Inishowen Picture Gallery, if that's all you're after.

For those of you who are twisted enough to read on....


I'm Ash McFadden. I started this website just for my friends and family. Word, however, seems to have leaked out.

I can live with that if you can deal with me.

For those of you who don't know me, I'm an irreverent, good-natured cynic. I got my Irish Residency Card and my Explosives Licence from the Irish Dept. of Justice on the same day and my recommended work ethic is, "Find a way to get paid for doing what you like".

I designed laser light show systems and laser cutting equipment and I performed laser shows, mostly in planetariums, for over 30 years before retiring (or so I thought) and moving here.

I found a way to do something I liked for a living - I did laser cutting and engraving for donkeys years and I'm still doing it, with job shops in Donegal and back in Colorado.

I took some time away from lasers to teach astronomy in a local planetarium from 2002 to 2018 when my spine gave out and I had to go to America to have my entire lumbar spine rebuilt.

Coming Easter 2021, I'll be back part-time as "volunteer astronhomer" and I'll have my solar telescope set up on the museum's lawn now and then on sunny days.

I like recreational explosives. Below, you see the largest scientific rocket ever launched from Ireland, my "RLM" (Riduculously Large Missile).

For a video of this rocket in flight, click here

For info about my laser business, see We have a laser job shop in Colorado, too, if that happens to be closer to you.

For information about rocketry, see

Life's not about waiting for the storm to end. It's about learning to dance in the rain.

The picture gallery

Where the hell is Inishowen?

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