Thursday, September 22, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
As we descended the wet metal stairs into the dark cave of Doolin and then walked bent over along narrow passage ways, our hard hats sometimes bumping the stony clay overhead, I felt queasy and couldn't fathom how two young students had the stamina and bravery to crawl on their bellies following an underground stream in hopes of discovering a cave those almost 65 years ago. They had just four hours for the round trip and I wonder if they were sure they'd get back out. They were students charting the caves of the Burren area with their university, had left their group, had gone exploring on their own when they noticed a small stream disappearing at the bottom of a huge limestone cliff. They pulled back some boulders and dug their way into a narrow passage and managed to wriggle their way along for a half kilometer until they reached the large chamber that contains the Great Stalactite.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
We met artist Nicole Tilley today in an art centre en route. She is multi-faceted -- does etchings, paper cuttings and theatrical shadow installations. Nicole received a Masters in Fine Art from The National College of Art and Design in 2011 and I discovered later that has since won many awards. You can see some of her work below.