The Searcher County Sligo by Aidan Monaghan
by Aidan Monaghan
A solitary figure walks the beach at sunset in Inishnagor, County Sligo.
A tidal inlet is a fascinating place to observe and photograph. It is a place of constant transition and cyclical change. At low tide the reflections of the partially submerged shoreline meld the land, sea and sky into one. A solitary figure crossing the beach adds an unexpected drama as they appear to transcend both worlds reflected in the light of the setting sun.
It was among this landscape under Benbulben that William Butler Yeats’ poetry was first nurtured and given expression. Yeats spent his childhood here and it is said that this part of County Sligo strongly influenced his life. From an early age Yeats was fascinated by Celtic mythology.
‘’The Wanderings of Oisin” is one such poem. Through Oisin, Yeats introduces what was to become one of his most important themes: the appeal of the life of contemplation over the life of action. Yeats is buried at the nearby graveyard at Drumcliffe.
danger exist side by side. Hence, the fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin all take place within this setting.
- Aidan Monaghan
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