a cháirde, tá faitíos orm nach mbeidh mé ag scríobh go ró-mhinic i rith mí Meithimh mar tá deacrachtaí leis an idirlíon thuas anseo i Mín a’ Leá. ‘Every picture tells a story’ mar a deirtear i mBéarla ach ní bheidh mé in ann pictiúirí a chur suas ach oiread, fairíor. Tá na sléibhte thartímpeall orainn go h-álainn ar fad agus tá mé tar eis na mílte grianghrafanna a thógaint cheana féin… Don’t be concerned, I’m not going to write it all in Irish – although it’s wonderful to be living up here in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht or Irish-speaking area.
But there’s an old road that winds its way up through Muckish Gap and there’s a bridge on this road called Droichead na nDeor ( pronounced like: Dri-hyid na nyore ). In the old days, many people from Donegal would travel to Scotland to work on the potato farms there. The family would travel some of the way with them but would stop at Droichead na nDeor to bid a final fairwell. In English the name means: Bridge of Tears.
During my stay in Mín a’ Leá, at Ceardlann Cló na gCnoc (see www.clo.ie), I’ve been walking along parts of an abandoned railway line that runs from the city of Derry to Burtonport on the West coast of Donegal. I’m making a series of drawings of the old railway bridges that still remain along the way. ( Many of the railway stations still exist as well – I might write about them another day ) I’m thinking of calling this project Droichidí na nDeor, or the Bridges of Tears.
My brother Piaras sometimes tells me that my art is too sad. I need to think about that – but not today. Today I have some questions for my artist friends out there in Bloggyland. One: If I do a series of drawings of old bridges, would you know that it was a project about emigration, or would you just think that it was a series of bridge drawings? Two: It rains a lot here, it’s handier to take a quick photo sometimes, what’s so special about making drawings instead of using the camera? If Turner had a pocket camera, would he have used that instead of carting all his painting gear over ‘rocky lane and fen’ ? I’d love to hear your opinions …please add your comments below, your email address won’t be used for anything else.
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