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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Thursday 29th June

Siobhán Murphy – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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Siobhán Murphy – Castletownbere, West Cork.

 

If I had a day off, my perfect day would be to take the coast road on a sunny day from Allihies to Eyeries, taking a detour to visit the sea arches, a hidden gem that most people don’t know about. Its like heaven on earth and so peaceful looking out on the ocean, with Scariff and Deenish Islands and the Skelligs in the distance. The north shore of Beara is probably one of the most spectacular, breathtaking drives in the world. Other beautiful places to visit are Kilcatherine Point, Glenbeg Lough, Hungry Hill and the Mares Tail Waterfall.

 

I’m third generation working in Murphy’s Restaurant in the town and these are the places, when I have time, to escape to and reconnect with nature in these quite corners of the peninsula, out in the middle of nowhere, far from the hustle and bustle of the town. Perfect.’

 

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Sunday 25th June

Kieran Murphy – Castletownbere, West Cork.

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People of Castletownbere Exhibition.

A big thank you to all the people of Castletownbere for a wonderful evening yesterday at the opening of their ‘People of Castletownbere Exhibition’ as part of the ‘People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project.’ Well done to all the members of Castletownbere Development Association for organising the event in the beautiful  gardens of St, Peters Church. The exhibition is on till the end of August. If you are in the area please drop in and have a look.

 

The photograph above is of Kieran Murphy who took part in the exhibition.

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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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