It’s that time of year again in the Burren when the Gentian Violets and the Male Orchids and the Wild Primroses are blooming in profusion if you know where to look.

On a hill overlooking Lough Murree stands an ancient tree called ‘The Tree of Dreams’ and Reilly took Finn up there yesterday to see the wild flowers that grow there – campion, sea radish, sea blight, scurvy grass, sea lettuce, mayweed.

Legend has it that this tree has the power to make dreams come true for those who believe in its magic.

The Ó Dálaigh, George Bernard Shaw, Yeats and Augustus John all sought inspiration here.

One day, a young boy named Seamus stumbled upon the Tree of Dreams while wandering about The Flaggy Shore. Intrigued by the stories he had heard, Seamus approached the tree with a sense of wonder and awe.

“Are you the Tree of Dreams?” Seamus asked, his voice barely a whisper.

The tree seemed to shimmer in the sunlight, its branches swaying gently in the breeze. “Yes, Macín,” it whispered back. ‘I am the keeper of dreams. What is it that you seek?’

Seamus’ eyes widened with excitement as he shared his deepest desire with the tree. “I want to be the greatest poet Ireland has ever known,” he declared.

The Tree of Dreams nodded solemnly. “Your wish shall be granted, but remember, true greatness comes from within. Believe in yourself, and your dreams will take flight.”

With that, Seamus thanked the tree and returned to his family, his heart brimming with hope and determination.

Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months as Seamus honed his craft, pouring his heart and soul into each poem. 

Word of his talent spread far and wide, and soon people from all corners of the earth came to admire his work. Critics hailed him as a genius.

Yet, amid the acclaim and adulation, Seamus remained humble and grounded, never forgetting the words of the Tree of Dreams. He knew that true greatness was not measured by fame or fortune but by the love and passion he poured into his art.

As years passed and Seamus’ fame grew, he returned regularly to visit the Tree of Dreams, his faithful companion since childhood.

‘Thank you, wise tree,’ Seamus said, his voice filled with gratitude. ‘You showed me that dreams do come true when we believe in ourselves and follow our hearts.’

The Tree of Dreams rustled its leaves in agreement, the echoes of Seamus’ journey woven into its ancient roots.

And so, the legend of the Tree of Dreams lives on, inspiring generations to pursue their dreams with courage, faith, and unwavering determination.


  • You too have a ‘Tree of Dreams’ deep within your psyche. Visit it regularly and gently and confidently plant your dreams there. And return often to thank it for manifesting them.


by Seamus Heaney.

‘And some time make the time to drive out west
Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore,
In September or October, when the wind
And the light are working off each other
So that the ocean on one side is wild
With foam and glitter, and inland among stones
The surface of a slate-grey lake is lit
By the earthed lightning of a flock of swans,
Their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white,
Their fully grown headstrong-looking heads
Tucked or cresting or busy underwater.
Useless to think you’ll park and capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.


  • Looking at April so far, what are you most proud of? What miracles are you seeing as you pursue seemingly impossible goals?
  • Reflecting on your vision, how would you rate your level of clarity and commitment to what you’re going for? What’s different about you now from who you were before, even earlier this year?
  • Finishing April, what are you committed to executing on and completing before the end of the month?

Postscript Eile.

The Big Leaders Summit is on May 14th next and promises to be a powerful event. David McWilliams is guaranteed to stretch your mind and a mind once stretched rarely returns to its original position. Keith Finnegan will open the lid on the practical steps to becoming heard and known. And Margaret Cox will launch Reillys new book SMACHT. The Discipline of Success, where you can get 52 Reilly stories all in the one place. 

And it’s free. All you have to do is register now at 

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