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Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Jason Lee – Ballydehob, West Cork.

Here’s a favourite poem of mine by Charles Baudelaire – 

Be Drunk

Always be drunk.
Nothing else matters: its the only way.
So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that
Breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you
You have to be continually drunk.

Drunk on what?
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you will.
But be drunk.

As if sometimes,
On the stairs of a palace,
Or on the green side of a ditch,
Or in the dreary solitude of your own room,
Should you awaken and the drunkenness already
Diminished or gone,

Ask of the wind, or of the wave,
Or of the star, or of the bird,
Or of the clock, of whatever flies,
Or sighs, or rocks, or sings, or speaks,

Ask what time it is; and the wind, wave, star, bird,
clock will answer you:
‘Its time to be drunk!
On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.’

 

James O’Sullivan – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

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James O’Sullivan – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

When I was younger I went away to work, thinking every where else was better. I had to go away to appreciate  the place I came from and this appreciation drew me back. This is where I’m happiest, living on the peninsula, experiencing nature in all its majesty, its ever changing moods, big skies, stormy seas. Money can’t buy your invironment. The pace of life, the warmth and kindness of people, a gift that is given freely, it cannot be bought. I may not be rich but I’m happy. Happiness is the main goal in life and that’s what completes me as a person.’

 

Patricia O’Sullivan – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Patricia O’Sullivan – Ballydehob, West Cork.

One of my favourite poems comes from a book called  ‘The Gift’. A collection of poems by Haliz, the great Sufi master from Persia (14th C.)recently translated by Daniel Ladinsky.

With That Moon Language

Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them,
Love me’

Of course you do not do this out loud;
Otherwise,
Someone will call the cops.

Still though, think about this,
The great pull in us
To connect.

Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying, 

With that sweet moon language
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to hear.

I’m glad of this poem, because it reminds me to love, as do all the magnificent people in my life.

 

 

 

Andrew Street, Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Andrew Street – Ballydehob, West Cork.

‘The albums Hunky Dory & Ziggy Stardust came out when I was 16/17 years old. Hearing them and seeing David Bowie live on that tour made me realise it was a good thing to be an individual (even eccentric). I was able to thank him for changing my life when I met him 2 years later at the Lacarno gig. That is why Life on Mars is so important to me.’

 

Margaret Downey Harrington – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Margaret Downey Harrington – Castletownbere, West Cork.

I’ve been involved in the fishing industry all my life, my father was a fisherman and my grandfather and great grandfather were fishermen. I’ve always had a deep connection with the sea.

A cherished memory from childhood is a practice that fishermen call ‘shading’ and if I close my eyes now I can visualize it as if it were yesterday. A whole lot of things must come together at the right time for it to happen, like getting all the ingredients together to bake a Christmas cake. Firstly, on a low tide, you need a lovely quite, still, peaceful morning, usually in May, with no wind, not even a puff of a baby’s breath,  just stillness. With the particular crystal clear light the water is very clear and you can see right through it, and see the scallops on the sea bed. Fishermen used a tool not unlike a shrimp net to catch them.

I can remember times being out in a boat with my father, the stillness and peacefulness was like time standing still, I couldn’t even talk, I had to be perfectly still and not make a sound. The ‘shading’ could last only half an hour, a slight gentle breeze could come up and the moment would be gone. Its so fickle, so delicate, a moment in time when everything aligns. you would only get a handful of those days in a year, it either happens or it doesn’t, that’s it. Once the breeze comes up the moment is gone.

Coming home with a bag of scallops and cooking them in their shell with a knob of butter on an open fire was the perfect way to end the perfect day.’

 

Ana Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Ana Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

‘The following is a few lines from one of my favourite songs…..

Something good comes with the bad,
A song is never just sad.
There’s hope, there’s a silver lining.’

First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining.

 

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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