Thursday 25th January

Paul Phillips – Schull, West Cork.

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Paul Phillips – Schull, West Cork.

 

My perfect West Cork day…………

 

After the madding crowds of summer have departed 

After the migrant swifts have left these shores for warmer climes

When all in West Cork is returning to peace and serenity

A walk to the very end of Brow Head to stand and face the ocean

Knowing the air you breath is as pure as it can be

Knowing the next landfall is the USA and

there’s nothing between you and it but the open sea

You’re all alone on the edge of the world

There’s not a living soul to be seen for miles

Peace

 

Followed by a visit to O’Sullivan’s in Crookhaven

A pint of the black stuff in Ireland’s most Southerly bar

A basket of the freshest shrimps the ocean can provide 

Consumed in front of the roaring fire

Perfection.’

 

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Sunday 21st January

Fingal Ferguson – Gubbeen, Schull, West Cork.

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Fingal Ferguson – Gubbeen, Schull, West Cork.

 

‘To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.’

 

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Tuesday 16th January

Denis Quinlan – Schull, West Cork.

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Denis Quinlan – Schull, West Cork.

 

My favourite memory …… A sailing trip in a small 18ft, pocket cruiser, amongst Carbery’s Hundred Isles, in late Sept, 2012. I had slipped my moorings and sailed west along Long Island channel, through Goat Island sound and south-east towards the three Calf Islands. As I approached the S,W corner of the Western Calf, the enormous arcing form of a Finwhale broke the surface across my bow. Sailing further along the south of the Island a further three Finwhales broke the surface, whooshing spume into the air, lunge-feeding amongst the myriad wild diversity of a seascape awash and teeming with wildlife. Gannets, gulls, shearwaters, guillemots, terns, all added to the action, along with a small pod of dolphins gracefully riding the swell. Roaringwater Bay is a natural paradise, and one of the most beautiful sailing grounds in the world.’

 

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Sunday 14th January

Johanna Fitzmaurice – Schull, West Cork.

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Johanna Fitzmaurice – Schull, West Cork.

 

‘You have brains in your head

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself 

Any direction you choose.’

 

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Friday 5th January

Tezcan Kanburoglu – Schull, West Cork.

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Tezcan Kanburoglu – Schull, West Cork.

 

What makes me happy is when our bar is full of friends, with great live music and everyone enjoying themserlves (and Munster win the rugby).’

 

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Thursday 4th January

Lily Murnane – Kenmare, Kerry.

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Lily Murnane – Kenmare, Kerry.

 

My favourite song is ‘Man in the Mirror’ by Michael Jackson because the song tells me that making a difference in the world has to start with me.’

 

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Wednesday 27th December

Mick O’Callaghan – Schull, West Cork.

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Mick O’Callaghan – Schull, West Cork.

 

‘My most cherished memory happened when I was twenty-one years old. I was out potting for lobsters and crabs with a local fisherman on a flat calm summer’s day. We were in Dunmanus Bay. As we were steaming up the bay to collect a string of thirty pots, I saw what looked like a huge wave rolling in from the open Atlantic. It stretched the full width of the bay. But the water turned out to be a massive pod of dolphins, and soon, we were surrounded by hundreds of them. They swam with the boat and I sat at the end of the bow to watch in amazement. I cherish this memory, as I have never seen the likes of it since.’

 

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Friday 22nd December

Conor Daly – Kenmare, Kerry.

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Conor Daly – Kenmare, Kerry.

 

I Am Kerry

I am Kerry like my mother before me 

And my mother’s mother and her man

Now I sit on an office stool remembering

And the memory of them like a fan

Soothes the embers into flame.

I am Kerry and proud of my name……….

http://www.moorings.ie/iamkerrypoem/

 

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Wednesday 20th December

Aidan Murnane – Kenmare, Kerry.

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Aidan Murnane – Kenmare, Kerry.

 

The best advice for life that I would give someone is to live your life without regrets, and to live a life fulfilled, with happiness and laughter to be your best friends.’

 

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Tuesday 19th December

Fiona O’Dwyer – Kenmare, Kerry.

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Fiona O’Dwyer – Kenmare, Kerry.

 

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