Tuesday 25th July

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.’

 

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Saturday 22nd July

People of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula Exhibition.

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People of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula Photography Exhibition.

 

A big thank you to all the people of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula for a wonderful afternoon today at the Community Hall in Kilcrohane for the opening of their People of the Sheep’s Head Photography Exhibition as part of the People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project. 

Well done to all the members of the Community Council for organising the event, especially Anne O’Donovan for organising the photo shoots and for putting the exhibition together.

 

The photo above is of Frank O’Mahony who took part in the exhibition – 

 

Frank O’Mahony – Sheep’s Head Peninsula, West Cork.

The best bit of advice I could give someone is  – Do the right thing, and you always know what the right thing is.’

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Thursday 20th July

Anne Marie Cronin – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Anne Marie Cronin – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

‘I like being involved in my local community and giving something back to the people that are so good to me. I’m involved in voluntary organisations , especially the local GAA club which is like one large family supporting both children and adults, it helps galvanise and create community spirit.

 

The youngsters look up to the older people and in turn they encourage and look after them, helping them through the ranks. You are not anonymous in Castletownbere, you could walk down town on any given day and the 15 minutes that you would allocate to get something done could take an hour and a half before you’d get back home, its like a family. By giving in the community you get back twice as much.’

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Sunday 16th July

Michael Orpen – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Michael Orpen – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

‘What inspires me is seeing young people getting on. I like to see them get their just share of what the future holds for them and that wealth is more evenly distributed, change should be more inclusive, everybody should benefit from an upturn. I would die a happy man to see that. I’m 81 going on 82, when I was younger I saw alot of emigration and a dwindling population, people had to leave to find work. Times are now changing and people are coming back. People find a way, situations are not complicated, they are easy to remedy.

 

Fishing teaches you a lot, if you persevere, things pick up. If you keep trying, the solution will come to you. You may not get it right the first time but keep at it, that’s my philosophy on life. There were times when I did not have a good catch the first day, but I kept at it and things improved. I started fishing at 14, I loved being at sea, it was a good life.’

 

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Thursday 13th July

Lizzie Reid – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Lizzie Reid – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

What inspires me is kindness and gratitude in other people . I notice that if you are helpful and friendly to others it brightens up their lifes . People treat you as you treat them, empathy and compassion are powerful and very important emotions.

It gives me belief in future generations to see it develop in my own children, if I can instil in them to give gratitude and be grateful, and to seek goodness in others.

There’s always someone worse off, be thankful for what we have today, for tomorrow it might be gone.’

 

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Sunday 9th July

Pat O’Driscoll – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Pat O’Driscoll – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

I’m inspired by my surroundings, the ocean, the mountains and nature. I have recently taken up painting, and I love to paint flowers and seascapes. The flowers are not a specific type, I paint them from my imagination, I like to bring them to life by adding colours that I like. Its the same with painting boats, I like to add different types of sails and add life to the painting as if the boats are moving. The more I paint the more I learn.

 

I also love sewing and needle work, making quilts, little dolls and aprons. But my main hobby is poker, its my real passion. I play every Sunday with some of the local lads, I like to take a bit of money of them now and again. The games usually go on into the early hours of Monday morning.

 

Family makes me happy and I love family gatherings, I have 20 grand children and 7 great grand children.’

 

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Tuesday 4th July

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.’

 

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