“Where mountainy men have sown…”

Striking photo and interesting speculation from visual artist Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Photo credit: Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Scéalta Ealaíne

photo by eoin mac lochlainn of cottage in the mountain near the healy pass, Co.Kerry

Here’s a photo I took recently. We were travelling over the Healy Pass, crossing from West Cork into Kerry when this little house caught my eye.

What would it be like to live there in the mountains?  What would you do all day?  Would you grow potatoes?  Would you be a sheep farmer?  Would you have a clever sheep dog to gather in the sheep and run all over the mountains for you, to herd in the awkward ones?  Would you be like the ‘Mountainy men’ from “The Wayfarer”  poem by Patrick Pearse?

And what about electricity? Or Broadband?

Perhaps you’d have a blog, or a vlog, even. You could make funny videos about the sheep, maybe. I don’t know. We live such disparate lives, nowadays.  It’s probably quite difficult up there in winter. Snow and ice. Certainly the Healy Pass would be treacherous in the snow.  But beautiful. …

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