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Teddy Black – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Teddy Black – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

The thing I love doing most of all is story telling because its an escape from reality but it is also very entertaining for people. I’ve been telling stories since childhood. My grandmother had a restaurant and boarding house. People from all over Ireland stayed there, including lighthouse keepers and fishermen and it was from listening to their stories that I developed an interest in story telling.

 

Beara has a great tradition of story telling and is a great source for stories. I tell stories about the everyday, funny characters, local history, tragedies at sea and ancient mythology. International visitors are fascinated by Irish mythology, as far back as Cú Chulainn and stories of what Ireland was like in the past and the changes that have happened.

 

Story telling is a way of preserving an oral history, a way of connecting to the past and bringing to life events that would otherwise be forgotten, such as tragic events that took place on the Calf Rock, off Dursey Island in the mid 1800’s when the locals on Dursey thought they saw a distress signal from the Calf Lighthouse during a storm. Seven men set out in an open boat, a huge wave capsized the boat and all seven were drowned.’

 

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Elaine Spillane – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

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Elaine Spillane – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

 

I love to travel but I also love coming home more , home is the Sheep’s Head Peninsula  – and they say that ‘home is where the heart is’, and mine is in Kilcrohane. Home is where the people you care about are. Living here on the peninsula we are looking out on the world, conscious of our place in the majestic natural beauty of our surroundings, living in harmony with nature. A sense of place is deeply engrained in the consciousness of the people. We are guardians and custodians of this corner of Eden on the edge of the world for future generations.’

 

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Peadar Lowney – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Peadar Lowney – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

My perfect day would start with a walk from the castle at Dunboy, up into the woods to the harbour mouth to where you can sit on a rock looking out across to the Ardnakinna Lighthouse on Bere Island, watching gulls, seals and ships passing in and out. Further south you can see Mizen and Sheep’s Head and on a fine evening the Fastnet Lighthouse comes into view. To the south west are the Piper Rocks and the Black Ball Headland.

 

After that the day can’t go wrong as I head home for breakfast. Later I might stroll along the pier watching the fishermen mending their nets. Lunch could be in one of the local restaurants followed by a few pints in O Shea’s.

 

In summer I’d travel further afield, heading out to Allihies or on to Ardgroom to walk from the village up to Glenbeg lake, the sister lake to Glanmore lake on the Healy Pass. Time passes and I’m still discovering new places to visit on the peninsula.’

 

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Shane Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Shane Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

 

I like to practice awareness and return to the present moment. The realisation of One’s own presence in the universe dissolves all worry and is very relaxing. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddist awareness guru reminds us, to remind ourselves; ‘breath, you are alive’.

 

In the course of our busy daily lives we can acknowledge our presence at any time when we momentarily fix our awareness on the sky, the sun or a blade of grass, and think; ‘I see you and now I am happy.’

 

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Brid Hanley – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Brid Hanley – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

Summer holidays are my favourite memories from childhood. I was born on a farm near Kealkill. On sunny days we would go swimming in the river with our friends and not come home till evening, we had the run of the place, free to do as we pleased. At other times we would have to help out on the farm, milking cows and odd jobs. On the weekends we would go to local festivals and funfairs. I loved Irish dancing and would enter compititions in the local area, winning a few tropies and medals.

Another favourite memory was when my daughter was born, seeing her for the first time I felt ecstatic, and when she smiled up at me, that was it, I was hooked on this bundle of joy in my arms.

 

I love living out here on the Beara Peninsula, surrounded by the sea and the rugged beauty of the landscape, striking seascapes and big skies draw you further out along the peninsula to discover more of its secrets, its a magical place to live.’

 

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David Fenton – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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David Fenton – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

The local GAA club inspires me, it galvanises the community. GAA pitches are pride and place in every town, village and parish. I play for the local team with friends and neighbours, you get to meet people and make friendships that last for life, the GAA draws you into participating in the community, I do a little bit of coaching in the national school as well, I’m also a member of the local RNLI crew.

 

Its not a coincidence that these two organisations are held in such high esteem in the town, their voluntary ethos draws the best out of people and has strengthened the local community spirit. We are all there for each other. Everybody in town, whether directly or indirectly would have someone going to sea. The presence of the RNLI lifeboat in the harbour gives comfort to the town.’

 

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Sheeps Head Lighthouse, West Cork.

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Glengarriff Bay, West Cork –

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Three Castle Head, Mizen Peninsula, West Cork.

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Exhibition – Organico Restaurant, Bantry.

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Gougane Barra, West Cork.

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Trinny Phillips – Schull, West Cork.

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John Paul Carroll – Schull, West Cork.

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Caitlin Frances Hurley – Schull, West Cork.

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Jim Carrig – Schull, West Cork

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David Beale – Ballydehob, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project -  David Beale - Ballydehob, West Cork. A poem by author unknown inspired me..... 'I suppose you could say there was a distinctive kind of spirit in this home. Yes, I'm sure there was. It was the spirit of kindness, patience, loveliness, ...
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