Trick or treat?

Sign outside Dan Murphy's pub Sneem,Ireland
Dan Murphy – as was

Ireland continues to inspire and fascinate.

Last year we were heading  to the coast to catch the ferry from Waterford back to England, our last day  before making the crossing.

It was a wild day, a  gale blowing , overall grey,with misty veils, bleak and soggy. The day dampened spirits; there was so much more we would have liked to explore yet had a very tight time constraint so that the trip  had been quite pressured trying to fit in too much in too little time .

Time has let that experience simmer and start to come together and weave a tapestry of beautiful memories igniting the desire to go back and discover more about places visited, to learn more, to understand better and to connect to the heritage and ancestors as well as to infuse the imagination with creative ideas, sowing seeds to be nurtured and nourished till they flourish and take form.

On our way out of Killarney, travelling along the N22, we were awed by this roadside sculpture of a rearing unicorn which reminded how powerful the ancient history, myth and magic is interwoven in the landscape;  constant reminders of connections that go beyond time, words and imagination.

Rearing unicorn sculpture on N22 ireland
Free spirit.

From the grey moist screen a village appeared, a village that was such a delightful surprise, for all was not as it appeared to be. Often things we see may appear  to be “real” or are they? Fantasy and reality entwined.

Dog in a window- or is it?
Welcome .

We had happened upon Ardmore. As we arrived the rain was so heavy that it screened most of the bay and surrounding cliffs. We were not aware of the ruins or the links to early Christianity in a time before Saint Patrick had arrived .

view from sea wall of Ardmore

It was only the immediate street and houses that straddled along it and a small waterfront that captured out attention. We learnt that a tidy town competition had inspired a local artist to “dress” the cottages .


Seafront cottages dressed up with props and trompe l'oeiul, Ardmore,Ireland
As it was?


I guess reality would be of a harsh life as a fisherman but here it was rather whimsical, the stuff that “Once upon a time” begins a tale of adversity,struggle and courage  to defeat inner dragons and rescue the beauty that has been imprisoned. It was like stepping into the pages of a story book, and one would wish that the ending is a “happy ever after”.


Seaside cottage with painted door and window,plus props
What is real?


This village sparkled sharing colour,whimsy and pride of place.

Colourful street scene in Ardmore
Main Street Ardmore,Ireland

A village given over to art and beauty, perhaps a disconnect  to the harshness of the past in an attempt to create dreams of a brighter future. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes the village emerged from a grey watery shroud sharing colour, dreams and whimsy.


House with painted characters peering from the windows,Ardmore,Ireland
Once upon a time there was a little pink house and in it lived…..

3 thoughts on “Trick or treat?

  1. I love the unicorn statue and the way you connect it with “ancient history, myth, and magic.” So powerful! thank you for sharing!I love the unicorn statue and the way you connect it with “ancient history, myth, and magic.” So powerful! thank you for sharing!

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