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Aoife Doolan – Bantry, West Cork.

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Aoife Doolan – Bantry, West Cork.

Music and painting make up my everyday. I live through music and art. That’s how I see my environment, how I negotiate the landscape and the people around me. I can’t pass a day without creating something from what I see. I find the people and the community in Bantry hugely inspirational. My life has changed since I moved here four years ago. I never really had that sense of belonging or connecting to a place before. I remember the epiphany moment when I woke up on my first morning here on a beautiful June day, looking out on the Atlantic and Beara, I just went ah, this makes sense, and all of a sudden everything started to fall into place. The town is steeped in creativity, there is a great support network in the community and it has changed the way I look at life, the way I see people and my understanding of human connection, its really good for the soul. My passion is to encourage others and see them come out of themselves in the same fashion as it was done for me through the support I was given. Creativity is a way of life and we do it in the everyday without realising it. Every step you take forward there is no taking one step back – once you know something you can’t unknow it.’

 

Danny Vincent Smith – Bantry, West Cork.

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Danny Vincent Smith – Bantry, West Cork.

‘I started painting as long ago as I can remember, this passion for painting started from there. Every hour I would be thinking and looking for some kind of angle for a painting, observing everyday life, watching people’s faces, their expressions, trying to capture movement in the moment, such as an old lady with shopping, old farmers or a fella sitting inside the pub by himself. I try to picture people’s life’s and transfer them to canvas. My environment has a massive influence on my work and I feel like I’m documenting a time and place in rural life from where I live for future generations.’

 

Neill Clarke – Bantry, West Cork.

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Neill Clarke – Bantry, West Cork.

I’m inspired by nature, I’m overtaken by the beauty and majesty of everything I see around me in the natural world. Nature is a part of the very essence of our lives. I can remember many Summers messing about in boats in Bantry Bay, and this love for the outdoors has stayed with me all my life. This passion for nature is expressed perfectly in the poem – ‘The lake Isle of Inishfree’ by W.B Yeats.’

I will arise and go now, and go to Inishfree,
and a small cabin build there , of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey- bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the crickets sings,
There midnight’s all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of linnet’s wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.

 

 

Irene Dunne – Bantry, West Cork.

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Irene Dunne – Bantry, West Cork.

The story of a song is very important to me and I need to be able to connect and immerse myself in it. If I’m feeling down or going through a difficult time in my life, singing has always had the power to uplift me and change my mood.

One of my life’s ambitions is to sing opera and I’m currently rehearsing songs from Madame Butterfly with my auntie, who is a classical piano player. We both are not comfortable performing individually but together we give each other confidence, our ambition is to perform at this years Bantry Chamber Music Festival.’

 

Noel Burke – Bantry, West Cork.

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Noel Burke – Bantry, West Cork.

I often wonder would it be worse to be blind or deaf. I think I’d really miss the music because everyday I listen to music. I just spent a week in America playing music and to be able to play twice a day, for me was like a holiday. Connecting and playing with other musicians just fills you up.

I first started dancing when I came to Bantry, I did a few classes and got into the rhythm of dancing and would visit neighbours houses to dance sets. Its an amazing experience dancing in small groups in a small space surrounded by musicians, it gives you such energy.

Music and dance give you the ability to entertain yourself and others, you can forget everything and get lost in the moment. There is a great love of traditional music in this town.’

 

Bernie O’Sullivan – Bantry, West Cork.

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Bernie O’Sullivan – Bantry, West Cork.

There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word – Meraki, which means, doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something you gain more from it, other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.

We live through, from, and with each other, if you can be yourself and be the best that you can be, then you will have a happier and greater life.’

 

JJ Crowley – Bantry, West Cork.

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JJ Crowley – Bantry, West Cork.

I’m a retired publican but still farming and that’s what keeps me going, plus a few greyhounds, they are my passion. I travel alot to local meetings such as Clonakilty and Bandon, and then onto Clonmel for the Irish Cup. I even go as far as Clare and parts of Galway.’

 

Nora Barry – Bantry, West Cork.

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Nora Barry – Bantry, West Cork.

I was born on a farm about ten miles from Bantry in a valley called Cappabue North. To get to school in Cappabue South we had to cross over a mountain, which we did twice a day, forty minutes there and back in our bare feet in all kinds of weather including rain and storms. Thunder and lighting would be the only thing that might stop us. If an inspector or priest was visiting the school we would bring our shoes in our bags and put them on when we got there.

When we returned from school we were expected to help out on the farm, bringing the cows home to be milked and other jobs. Depending on the time of year and if the weather was good we would work in the bog, stacking and turning turf to dry before bringing it home by horse and cart.

There was no electricity, my mother would cook on an open fire using a bastible pot to bake bread and cakes or roast a chicken. Summer would bring the smell of new mown hay and time off school, we were free to roam, there was a river down at the back of the farm where we would paddle and swim. The highlights of the year were the Threshing, Wren Balls and the Stations.

We lived in a community of farms, everybody was in the same boat, nobody begrudged anybody anything and were happy for each other. We had an idyllic childhood and were happy and healthy and would rarely see a doctor.’

 

Bean Dolan – Bantry, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way – 

Bean Dolan – Bantry, West Cork.

Music has chosen my life path, it was through music that I first came to Bantry and its why I stayed. There is a rich diverse musical tradition and heritage in the town and it ranges from classical to traditional music, to singer song writers and bands. The support for music and the arts can be seen in the many festivals that are staged each year, such as the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, The Literary Festival, The Masters of Tradition and Chief O’Neill Traditional Music Festivals.

But for me, living here all year round, its the more intimate sessions in the Winter that are special, when the locals come together around the fire for trad sessions, song circles and singing circles. All my friendships are made through music and the towns musical tradition facilitates those connections.’

 

Rachel Dare – Bantry, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way – 

Rachel Dare – Bantry, West Cork.

My favourite poem is – ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver. I feel like its something that speaks very directly to me, it goes beyond just reading a page. I have connected to it so many times in my life when I needed to look back and say to myself – learn from your mistakes and that you don’t need to be perfect, its about the journey along the way rather than some kind of aspiration to have something nailed.’

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscape,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.’

 

Maura O’Connell, Waterville, Co, Kerry

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Trish O’Sullivan, Waterville, Co, Kerry

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Valentia Island Lighthouse –

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John Griffin, Waterville, Co, Kerry

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Glengarriff Bay, West Cork –

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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.

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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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