Here is a selection of photos that Chris from Berlin took when he came for a short visit to South Kerry. On our first two walks I did not bring any camera, but he took some nice shots that I´m happy to share with you. We walked the Bolus Barracks Loop in Ballinskelligs and Cnoc na dTobar near Cahersiveen. You find some more photos from our other walks on my German blog here
The last couple of days were somehow different as it started to snow on Thursday night. The bog where 24hours before the fire service battled a large fire was now covered under a coat of white. Since we could not drive we decided to go for a walk and take some photos. I´m showing here some photos in colour. Some mor are on my German blog in black and white. My neighbour had to feed nuts to his sheep. On Saturday evening I went for a walk on the beach. The landscape opposite Ballinskelligs Bay was still covered but it had already started to melt. The snow was a great visual experience in regards how a familiar landscape changes with only a few features being visible while all the green and brown was gone.
The view from Michael Kirby´s house to Horse Island and Ballinskelligs Bay, his first painting.
Wild flowers in a vase
Sea pink and rocks
South Kerry scenery
A cottage near the mountain and the sea
Kerry hills and fields
Wild flowers and vase on table
Cottages, bog and fields after harvest
The archive of Michael Kirby from Ballinskelligs was presented to Cork University College on Monday, December 5th. Anne and Pat Coffey handed the collection over to the University for future research and publishing projects. Michael Kirby was born in 1906 and lived most of his life in Ballinskelligs apart from a few years in the USA. He died in 2005. He worked in Ballinskelligs as a fisherman, learning the skills from his father as a young boy. When he retired from fishing at the age of 75 he began to write books and poetry in the English and Irish language. He also started painting pictures of the area and the sea that he knew so well. When he passed away he had written eleven books and painted over 300 paintings. The private archive contains published books, newspaper and magazine articles, periodicals, audio recordings, hand-written copies, photographs and personal effects. I had the privilege to take some photographs before the material was handed out to the University. I would like to thank Anne and Pat Coffey for the opportunity to see the works of Michael again and to allow me the publication on my blog. The paintings belong to Anne and Pat Coffey´s private collection.
Beacon Point, Baltimore. Sherkin Island Lighthouse in the background
Sherkin Island and Cape Clear
Beacon Point from the Sherkin Ferry boat
Mizen Head cliffs from the bridge
Old Mizen light signal
Different light signals, the small one top right with stainless steal backdrop is the current working LED light.
Always close to my heart: the lighthouse keepers window view
Uillinn West Cork Art Centre building
Basement space with art by Matthew Lanyon (painting) and Tony Lattimer (sculpture)
Art by Philip Booth
First floor, Art by Matthew Lanyon and Tony Lattimer
Tapestrie by Matthew Lanyon
Painting by Matthew Lanyon
Painting by Matthew Lanyon
An Altarpiece for West Penwith, stained glas by Matthew Lanyon
Deelish Garden Centre just outside Skibbereen, http://www.deelish.ie
Only a few of the many flowers that are for sale at Deelish Garden Centre, http://www.deelish.ie
Clerke´s shop that became a stamp picture 2016
Buildings at town center Skibbereen
I spend the first week of July with my wife and two grand sons in Baltimore, County Cork. We have never been in that part of Ireland before. The landscape is mostly smalls hill farms divided by roads, lakes and forests and lovely coastal drives along the Wild Atlantic Way. Baltimore is a small seaside village with a lively harbour and some good restaurants and pubs. The pizzas are rather good and you enjoy the view over the harbour while you eat and drink. My daily place to check emails and messages since there is wifi outside the bars. Another highlight is the community swimming pool, complete with sauna and jacuzzi. A real asset for the village that should be more appreciated and used. We went there 5 times during the week, the boys loved it. Another great place near by is the town of Skibbereen. A buzzing 3200 people town with an fantastic art centre and a great selection of shops, pubs and galeries. The Uillinn Art Centre is a wonderful art space right in the center of Skibbereen with an attached cafe bistro that serves delicious food and really tempting cakes. The art centre was showing an exhibition by three leading artist from Cornwall. The paintings by Matthew Lanyon dominated clearly the show but the sculptures from Philip Booth and Tony Lattimer added another dimension to the exhibition. I liked it so much that I went twice to see it. I was suffering from art fatigue, obviously. Whenever you are in the area, go and have a look inside, please. No regrets promised. My grandchildren liked the elevator too.
from: Statement by the Toscaireacht on the passing of Anthony Cronin.
"Anthony Cronin was a poet. That is how he wanted to be remembered primarily. But as the moving spirit in the foundation of Aosdána, he was also one of the most significant figures in Ireland’s cultural history. He raised the public standing of the arts and, most especially, of the artist, to a level that no one of his generation would have thought possible. In part this was due to his understanding of history – in the 19th century a poet of genius like James Clarence Mangan lived and died beyond the notice of the state; in part it was due to his indignation that another poet of genius, Patrick Kavanagh, as well as many of Kavanagh’s contemporaries in other arts, such as the composer Frederick May, were reduced to poverty and treated as little better than outlaws.
As Anthony Cronin dies there are many artists today in Ireland who can live and work in their native land because of what he did for them."