Friday 23rd June

Pat Murphy – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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~INVITATION ~ PEOPLE OF CASTLETOWNBERE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION.

 

The wonderful people of Castletownbere would like to invite everybody to the exhibition launch of portrait photograph’s of local people tomorrow night, Sat, 24th at 7pm in St, Peter’s Churchyard in the centre of the town.

 

I would like to thank everybody from Castletownbere for all their help and assistance during my time in the town, especially those that took part in the exhibition and Castletownbere Development Ass, for organising the photo shoots and for putting the exhibition together. I would also like to thank SuperValu and Celtic Sea Minerals for their very kind sponsorship of the exhibition, It is greatly appreciated.

 

The photograph is of Pat Murphy, the oldest fisherman in Castletownbere, an amazing man and a real legend in the town. This is his story – 

 

Pat Murphy – 

I started fishing at 13 years of age in open boats with a crew of three. We fished winter and summer in all kinds of weather. From October to March we fished for scallops, two rowing the boat and the third man looking after the dredge, by God you had muscles from pulling oars for six months. The scallops were bagged and shipped to Billingsgate Market in London. In summer we would fish for lobsters and crabs. To make the pots we would go to the mountains to cut hazel and sally rods. I use to make four pots a day.

 

Besides the fishing we all had a bit of land to grow our own vegetables and potatoes. Come September, those of us who had a pig or a cow would slaughter them, butcher and salt the pieces and put them in a barrel, there they would be left for 6/8 weeks, they would then be hard dried or smoked, we would also salt fish.

 

The best life advice I could give anybody is to be able to negotiate with people, to work together, not against each other. That is the secret to success. My university was living in the real world – the university of life. I was born in 1928, I’m now 88 and still go out fishing.

 

Some people when they make money, they get greedy and they never have enough, and I can never get an answer to know – how much is enough. Enough is never enough to some people, greed is a terrible thing.’

 

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Monday 19th June

Tim Healy – Leap, West Cork.

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Tim Healy – Leap, West Cork.

 

The best advice I ever received in life was when I came to live in Leap in 1983. I knew of a local lad who had a reputation for liking a bit of a ‘Work Out’, he was well able to look after himself. So I said to him, just to wind him up, would you like to have a go, the two of us for 20 pounds. No, he said, I’ll tell you what, don’t be wasting your money, we’ll fight for pleasure.’

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Thursday 15th June

Eileen McNicholl – Leap, West Cork.

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Eileen McNicholl – Leap, West Cork.

 

My fathers words still ring true today, He use to often say – 

If you have nothing good to say about someone – say nothing!’

 

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Monday 12th June

Kat Koch – Bantry, West Cork.

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Kat Koch – Jazz Vocalist.

Bantry, West Cork.

 

If I had to give advice to my younger self, I would have said, really learn to listen, that would have made music way easier to learn. When you learn to listen, you realise that there is a lot in the spaces, you are not trying to stuff them full, it can become exhausting always trying to fill the space with something.

 

When I do that, it opens up an entirely new world and I feel relaxed and open to the moment, ideas come in and I can follow them more easily, I also become inspired by the musicians I’m playing with.

 

Another thing I would have told myself was, never apologise for love, sometimes it can get messy, or maybe there are some things that need apologising  for, but never apologise for loving someone. As a singer, the more I open up to my emotions and feelings, the more my body resonates, and the more interesting my music becomes. I become free, instead of performing, I am living the music.’ 

 

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Thursday 8th June

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.’

 

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Monday 5th June

People of Leap Photography Exhibition –

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People of leap, West Cork, on the Wild Atlantic Way – 

 

A big thank you to all the people of Leap and especially those that took part in the photo shoot as part of the People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project. Congratulations also for the wonderful outdoor exhibition of the photographs that the locals are staging on the bridge in the centre of the village. Ted O’Donovan has done a fantastic job in mounting and displaying the photographs. I would also like to thank Sam & Eileen McNicholl of Connolly’s Bar for providing the venue for the photo shoot.

 

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Friday 2nd June

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.

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Sunday 28th May

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.’

 

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Wednesday 24th May

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.’

 

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Monday 22nd May

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.’

 

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