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Colm Rooney – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Colm Rooney  – Ballydehob, West Cork.

Spike Milligan was a gas man with many strings to his bow. I have always loved his work. This poem, dedicated to his daughter reflects how I feel about my family.

To My Daughter Jane by Spike Milligan

I cannot tell you in words,
I cannot tell you in sounds,
I cannot tell you in music
How much I love you.
I can only tell you in trees,
In mountains,
Oceans,
Streams.
I might be heard to say it
In the bark of a seal on moon misty nights.
It can be heard on the hinges of dawn.
Tho’ my muse is slain,
All else says I love you Jane.’

 

Sandra O’Shea – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Sandra O’Shea – Castletownbere, West Cork.

My favourite view on the Beara is coming home along the road from Ardrigole with the peninsula stretched out ahead of me. The sea on my left with Bere Island in the distance, the formidable Hungry Hill on my right with its great barren rock buttresses.

This is home and these are my people, a people full of warmth and kindness, no matter how many tragedies, everybody pulls together and are there to help, nobody is forgotten about.

My favourite quote is – Love and kindness are never wasted, they always make a difference, they bless the one who receives them and they also bless the giver. Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness, every act creates a ripple with no logical end.’ 

 

Richard Miles, Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Richard Miles – Ballydehob, West Cork.

My favourite quote or saying is – Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes – Oscar Wilde.

I would like to meet Oscar Wilde in the hereafter. I think we would have a lot of fun and he would keep me entertained. His wit and many quotes have given me great amusement over the years.’

 

Mark Johnston – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Mark Johnston – Castletownbere, West Cork.

‘I was born in Donegal Town. My favourite memory from childhood was during the summer holidays, being out morning to night with my father who was the local vet, travelling up to a hundred miles a day, from farm to farm on his rounds. I would help a bit but at times I’d have to stay well back in case I got a kick from a cow.

The farmers wifes would always want to give us a cup of tea and a sandwich if we had time. The highlight of the day was stopping in Killybegs for lunch to have fish & chips on the harbour. These memories are as fresh in my mind as if they happened yesterday, it is the simple things in life that create the most cherished memories.’

 

Joanne Cassidy – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Some of my favourite memories from childhood were waiting at the bus stop for the arrival of the evening Bus Eireann bus. The anticipation of the arrival of my Auntie Peggy, my godmother always brought huge excitement.

She would arrive with a large bag of sweets from Cudmores on Patrick’s St, in Cork, a beautiful old sweet shop with curved glass windows. At Halloween she would bring Witches hats and masks, the like of which couldn’t be found in West Cork in those days.

I think people have forgotten how remote we were back then, trips to Cork were a once yearly expedition at most.

My aunt brought storytelling, chatter, laughter and card playing to the house for a few days. Then we would sadly wave her off on the bus for another year but my dreams were filled with Iced Caramels, Milky Moos, Bullseyes, Sherbet Lemons, Apple & Pear Drops, Bon Bons, Satin Pillows, Foxes Glacier Mints and happiness.’

 

Seamus Hogan – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Its a privilage to include the poet – Seamus Hogan in the project. He once lived in the iconic Paris bookshop, Shakespeare & Co.He has published two collections of poetry – Interweaving and New Poems. His latest publication is, Grey Smoke Against A Grey Sky.
Seamus submitted the following poem to accompany his photograph.

Paris Nuit 2016

A blackbird drops song
onto the surface of night
note by note. Slowly,
stave by stave
diluting darkness.

 

Noel McCarthy – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

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Noel McCarthy – Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

Some of my fondest memories are of out fishing in Dunmanus Bay for lobsters. I had a 26ft boat and fished for 20 years . You could shoot and haul your pots 3 times a day. In the evening I would always wait until I saw the first star in the night sky before I would start hauling.

I have a deep connection with the sea, its in my blood. There is no better place to be on a fine day, in harmony with your surroundings and the gentle lapping of the waves. There were other times when out in stormy weather I thought I’d never get back home. You must have respect for the sea but don’t be afraid of it.’

 

Saoirse Canty – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Saoirse Canty – Ballydehob, West Cork.

My perfect day would be my friends and I hanging out around Ballydehob. We would do nothing and talk about nothing all day. The reason why that is so perfect to me is because it makes me truly happy and the familiarity of this beautiful town is very comforting. It is one of those things that I could do forever.’

 

 

 

Brendan Gill, Waterville, Co, Kerry

People of the Wild Atlantic Way -  Brendan Gill, Waterville, Co, Kerry 'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.' - Plato I love music and I have been lucky enough to meet some of my idols including music ...
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Trish O’Sullivan, Waterville, Co, Kerry

People of the Wild Atlantic Way - Trish O'Sullivan, Waterville, Co, Kerry My favourite memory from my childhood ... De-horning calves with my Dad. I loved being out on the farm with him. I may be a girly beautician now, but I was a complete Tom Boy when I was ...
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Valentia Island Lighthouse –

Valentia Island Lighthouse, Co, Kerry If you get a chance to visit Valentia Island, follow the road north from Knightstown to the lighthouse at Cromwell Point, especially on a stormy day to watch the big waves crashing onto the rocks at the lighthouse ...
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John Griffin, Waterville, Co, Kerry

John Griffin - Retired Gillie, Lough Currane, Waterville, Co, Kerry I have fished all my life on Lough Currane, fishing connects you to the raw beauty of the natural world in all its magnificence, it also teaches you patience and acceptance, all fishermen are equal in the pursuit of such ...
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Glengarriff Bay, West Cork –

Click photo to enlarge - Glengarriff Bay, West Cork -  'Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly..................' This shot was taken at dawn just as the sun came up over the horizon and lit up the whole bay ...
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Exhibition – Organico Restaurant, Bantry.

Click photo to enlarge -  Exhibition at Organico Restaurant, Bantry A big thank you to Hannah & Rachel for staging a mini exhibition of 6 of my landscape photographs at their beautiful restaurant in Bantry. I would also like to thank Catherine Weld for curating the exhibition. If you are ...
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Gougane Barra, West Cork.

St, Finbarr's Oratory, Gougane Barra, West Cork -  As part of the People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project I have started to include landscape photographs of signature locations found along the West Coast of Ireland and the 2,500km route of the Wild Atlantic Way. I hope that you ...
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Trinny Phillips – Schull, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project -  Trinny Phillips - Schull, West Cork. 'Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realise they were the big things.'  This is a saying my mom once told me, and I think it took me leaving ...
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John Paul Carroll – Schull, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project -  John Paul Carroll - Schull, West Cork. 'You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water' ...
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