Images Of Ireland
People of Ireland
Family at Glenveagh by Donna Gray Olson.
At The Hay by David Schofield
My wife's uncle Denis
Brennan, who lived on the Ballyshannon Road in Rossnowlagh is the focal
point of this photo. When we would visit with the children he would give us the
new house just above the "wee
thatched" that he built and lived in. Between the road and the house,
was a field, just a small field with a small stream running through it. When the
grass got high, Uncle Denis would get a tractor in to cut it. The tractor could
not get down the bank of the stream. After the tractor did the first cut, Uncle
Denis would go out with the old scythe to cut down the stream banks. I picked up
the camera and made several images from the front of the house. This is the one
I like the best because it shows only the field with the small hay cocks already
started and Uncle Denis with the sharpening stones in each of his back pockets.
the scene conjures a memory of a time long gone, when a lone farmer would
take to the fields and with the strength of his back and his work alone, have
the field cut and put up before the bad weather. I have also included a
photo of the "wee
thatched" as it looks today. When Uncle Denis died in 1998 the old
expression never rang truer..."We shall never see the like of him
again..." He was a link to the old ways...a brilliant storyteller and a
special kind of friend.
David Schofield, Belmar, New Jersey.
David is a a professional sports photographer and you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cormac O'Connor by Lisa Steckles
Sheep are everywhere in Ireland and they all need to have their wool clipped in the summer. Sligo farmer Cormac O'Connor's advice for young padraig who was helping that day was "grab hold of a piece that won't fall off...a leg"
"Farmer's Rest" by Owen Brennan
Donegal farmer and his young helper resting after a hard days work building up his turf stack. The turf is cut from the bog and dried. It provides him with a supply of fuel for heating and cooking.
"Evening Boatmen" by Owen Brennan
Photo taken at Browns Bay,
Islandmagee, County Antrim.
The boat was crossing the bay, silhouetted against the evening sky.
"My Granda" photo taken by Owen Brennan
Photograph of my Granda taken with my very first camera about 25 years ago. Lucky enough I found the negative a while back and was able to print another copy of it. I was named Owen after him. This is one of my favourite photos because it captures him perfectly. He smoked a pipe and I was envious of his ability to spit accurately into the fire from a great distance. You don't appreciate your grandparents until after they're dead. There are just so many questions I wish I had asked him at the time, but it's too late now.
"When I was your age" by Owen Brennan
I was sitting in the car in Larne County Antrim main street waiting for my
wife as usual when I noticed the sea cadet collecting on the footpath opposite. I got my
camera out, focused on him and waited.
Most people just walked by or quickly gave to his cause but this man stopped.
Unfortunately I couldn't hear what was said but I can imagine.
"Smoking in Galway" by Michael Straub
This man was standing in front of a hotel in
I don't know why, but I was fasinated with the elder men of Ireland.
They all seemed very wise and refined. I wish had time to sit down
and talk with a few of them to learn from thier experiences. (Michael Straub)
You can contact Michael at Ulemon2@aol.com
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