Sunday 22nd October

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.’

 

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Sunday 15th October

Peadar Lowney – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Peadar Lowney – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

My perfect day would start with a walk from the castle at Dunboy, up into the woods to the harbour mouth to where you can sit on a rock looking out across to the Ardnakinna Lighthouse on Bere Island, watching gulls, seals and ships passing in and out. Further south you can see Mizen and Sheep’s Head and on a fine evening the Fastnet Lighthouse comes into view. To the south west are the Piper Rocks and the Black Ball Headland.

 

After that the day can’t go wrong as I head home for breakfast. Later I might stroll along the pier watching the fishermen mending their nets. Lunch could be in one of the local restaurants followed by a few pints in O Shea’s.

 

In summer I’d travel further afield, heading out to Allihies or on to Ardgroom to walk from the village up to Glenbeg lake, the sister lake to Glanmore lake on the Healy Pass. Time passes and I’m still discovering new places to visit on the peninsula.’

 

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Thursday 12th October

Shane Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Shane Barrett – Ballydehob, West Cork.

 

I like to practice awareness and return to the present moment. The realisation of One’s own presence in the universe dissolves all worry and is very relaxing. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddist awareness guru reminds us, to remind ourselves; ‘breath, you are alive’.

 

In the course of our busy daily lives we can acknowledge our presence at any time when we momentarily fix our awareness on the sky, the sun or a blade of grass, and think; ‘I see you and now I am happy.’

 

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Sunday 8th October

Brid Hanley – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Brid Hanley – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

Summer holidays are my favourite memories from childhood. I was born on a farm near Kealkill. On sunny days we would go swimming in the river with our friends and not come home till evening, we had the run of the place, free to do as we pleased. At other times we would have to help out on the farm, milking cows and odd jobs. On the weekends we would go to local festivals and funfairs. I loved Irish dancing and would enter compititions in the local area, winning a few tropies and medals.

Another favourite memory was when my daughter was born, seeing her for the first time I felt ecstatic, and when she smiled up at me, that was it, I was hooked on this bundle of joy in my arms.

 

I love living out here on the Beara Peninsula, surrounded by the sea and the rugged beauty of the landscape, striking seascapes and big skies draw you further out along the peninsula to discover more of its secrets, its a magical place to live.’

 

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Sunday 1st October

David Fenton – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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David Fenton – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

The local GAA club inspires me, it galvanises the community. GAA pitches are pride and place in every town, village and parish. I play for the local team with friends and neighbours, you get to meet people and make friendships that last for life, the GAA draws you into participating in the community, I do a little bit of coaching in the national school as well, I’m also a member of the local RNLI crew.

 

Its not a coincidence that these two organisations are held in such high esteem in the town, their voluntary ethos draws the best out of people and has strengthened the local community spirit. We are all there for each other. Everybody in town, whether directly or indirectly would have someone going to sea. The presence of the RNLI lifeboat in the harbour gives comfort to the town.’

 

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Wednesday 27th September

Colm Rooney – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Colm Rooney  – Ballydehob, West Cork.

 

Spike Milligan was a gas man with many strings to his bow. I have always loved his work. This poem, dedicated to his daughter reflects how I feel about my family.

 

To My Daughter Jane by Spike Milligan

 

I cannot tell you in words,

I cannot tell you in sounds,

I cannot tell you in music

How much I love you.

I can only tell you in trees,

In mountains,

Oceans,

Streams.

I might be heard to say it

In the bark of a seal on moon misty nights.

It can be heard on the hinges of dawn.

Tho’ my muse is slain,

All else says I love you Jane.’

 

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Sunday 24th September

Sandra O’Shea – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Sandra O’Shea – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

My favourite view on the Beara is coming home along the road from Ardrigole with the peninsula stretched out ahead of me. The sea on my left with Bere Island in the distance, the formidable Hungry Hill on my right with its great barren rock buttresses.

This is home and these are my people, a people full of warmth and kindness, no matter how many tragedies, everybody pulls together and are there to help, nobody is forgotten about.

My favourite quote is – Love and kindness are never wasted, they always make a difference, they bless the one who receives them and they also bless the giver. Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness, every act creates a ripple with no logical end.’ 

 

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Saturday 23rd September

Richard Miles, Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Richard Miles – Ballydehob, West Cork.

 

My favourite quote or saying is – Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes – Oscar Wilde.

I would like to meet Oscar Wilde in the hereafter. I think we would have a lot of fun and he would keep me entertained. His wit and many quotes have given me great amusement over the years.’

 

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Tuesday 19th September

Mark Johnston – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Mark Johnston – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

‘I was born in Donegal Town. My favourite memory from childhood was during the summer holidays, being out morning to night with my father who was the local vet, travelling up to a hundred miles a day, from farm to farm on his rounds. I would help a bit but at times I’d have to stay well back in case I got a kick from a cow.

The farmers wifes would always want to give us a cup of tea and a sandwich if we had time. The highlight of the day was stopping in Killybegs for lunch to have fish & chips on the harbour. These memories are as fresh in my mind as if they happened yesterday, it is the simple things in life that create the most cherished memories.’

 

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Sunday 10th September

Joanne Cassidy – Ballydehob, West Cork.

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Some of my favourite memories from childhood were waiting at the bus stop for the arrival of the evening Bus Eireann bus. The anticipation of the arrival of my Auntie Peggy, my godmother always brought huge excitement.

She would arrive with a large bag of sweets from Cudmores on Patrick’s St, in Cork, a beautiful old sweet shop with curved glass windows. At Halloween she would bring Witches hats and masks, the like of which couldn’t be found in West Cork in those days.

I think people have forgotten how remote we were back then, trips to Cork were a once yearly expedition at most.

 

My aunt brought storytelling, chatter, laughter and card playing to the house for a few days. Then we would sadly wave her off on the bus for another year but my dreams were filled with Iced Caramels, Milky Moos, Bullseyes, Sherbet Lemons, Apple & Pear Drops, Bon Bons, Satin Pillows, Foxes Glacier Mints and happiness.’

 

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