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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.’

 

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.’

 

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.’

 

Patrick O’Donovan – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

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Patrick O’Donovan – Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

What makes me happy is seeing people doing well and collectively the community doing well. People no longer need to emigrate to find work, they can now stay and experience the beauty of the place that they were born in.

It was more difficult in the past, we did not have the facilities they have now. I love seeing the changes for the better and people having more control over their lives. 

I was brought up on a farm and I was a farmer all my life. I have 4 sons and 2 daughters and they all live here, its great to have them around.

The best advice I could give anybody is respect others and treat them as you would like to be treated’.

 

John Joe Bowen – Sheeps Head, West Cork.

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John Joe Bowen – Blacksmith, Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

Nature enhances my work, by observing simple patterns in a leaf, a flower or the structure of a tree gives me inspiration. If I try to interpret the world, as if through the unspoilt imagination of a child, tapping into their understanding of their surroundings, this can have a powerful influence on the creative process.

Blacksmithing has taken me on a journey of discovery, I never know what the future holds for me and this is exciting. I have countless pieces all around me that are works in progress. some could take years to finish and end up completely different than first planned. I work one on one with the fire, its like another person. The life of the fire dictates the pace of the work, you can’t rush it, you have to be patient.

In the future I would like to explore other mediums, such as the interaction of stone and metal and do collaborative work with the stone carver Victor Daly and the artist Sadhbh O’Brien.’

 

Cormac Whooley, Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

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Cormac Whooley – Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

I grew up in Ahakista and I run the family pub, known locally as The Tin Pub, its seasonal, so its open for about 6/9 months of the year. I travel abroad for the other couple of months. I’ve travelled to the four corners of the world but its great to come home. The scenery draws me back. I love getting out onto the hills and mountains, there are tracks and pathways all across the peninsula. One of my favourite walks, The Baran Loop, starts close to my house. These are sacred places high up on the barren outcrops, the peacefulness and tranquillity stills the mind. The views are spectacular, looking out across the lowlands, softened by the patchwork of fields to the waters edge and the glistening ocean beyond, with Mizen Head, Dunmanus Bay to the South, Bantry Bay and Beara to the North, Sheeps Head Lighthouse to the West and the worlds end beyond.’

 

Mary O’Brien – Sheeps Head, West Cork.

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Mary O’Brien – Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

My perfect day is spent working in my garden, listening to the bird song and nature all around me. It gladdens my heart, once the first crocus puts its head above the ground. Spring brings life again, hyacinths and daffodils follow. From my childhood days I have loved the garden, I have grown through the years with it.

The return of the house martins, swallows and the cuckoo bring the summer and the garden bursts into life with wild flowers, gladiolus, daisy’s, petunias and sweet peas all in bloom.

Each season brings a different experience, similar to the cycle of life. Come autumn everything dies back, teaching us how to let go. Winter is a time to be still, a time for reflection, to explore and understand our inner self. Garding enhances my mental well being . My wish if I thought I was dying, is to die in my garden with the sound of the sea in the distance.’

 

Wayne Sheehy – Sheep’s Head, West Cork.

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Wayne Sheehy – Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

My advice to my younger self would most surely be, not to waste time, to remember that even though every day seems long and never ending, before you know it, you will find that 10 years, 20 years, 30 years have past. Don’t waste a single second, make the most of every single day. Don’t waste time doing things that you don’t believe in, that you don’t like. Avoid people that you don’t connect with, that you don’t respect and sadly that you don’t like. Surround yourself with good people, good energy. Make sure to do things that you love and that will give you, maybe not a longer life but a more fulfilled life.’

 

Tony Cumberpatch, Kilcrohane, Co, Cork.

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Tony Cumberpatch, Kilcrohane, Sheep’s Head, Co, Cork.

 

John Chamberlain, Dunmanus Bay, Co, Cork.

 

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People Of The Wild Atlantic Way – John Chamberlain, Dunmanus Bay, Co, Cork.

 

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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.

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.

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Caitlin Frances Hurley – Schull, West Cork.

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Jim Carrig – Schull, West Cork

People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project -  Jim Carrig - Schull, West Cork. 'May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours where ever you may roam.' ...
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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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Jodi Thomas – Schull, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project - Jodi Thomas - Schull, West Cork. 'Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; Forget them as soon as you can, Tomorrow is a new day; Begin ...
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John Murray – Schull, West Cork.

People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project -  John Murray - Schull, West Cork. 'I am at my most happiest when I am grateful. Unfortunately this does not happen enough as I know I have much to be grateful for. It is always the difficult life events that make ...
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