Image used as Book Cover

22nd November 2011
Today I received a copy of a soon to be published novel which features one of my images on the cover. The novel was recently found under a carpet in a house in North Kerry and is thought to have been there for at least 70 years. Written in Irish by Seán a’ Chasáin and edited by Séamus Ó Coileáin.

The image is from the Bridia valley. Below is an extract from the book that describes it.

There is no valley without a river. A myriad of streams cascade over the stones and rocks from the hillsides gushing westward towards Glencar. That is where all the rain that falls in this part of the country makes its way; that is the beginning of the Bridia river; that is how it grows and grows until it twists and turns like a snake westward towards Bealach Bearna. There another river joins it as it flows up from Loch Cluain, and both rivers flow together in one great flood through Ballaghisheen towards Lough Caragh.

There are hills and peaks on either side of the only road that connects the valley to the outside world. That is the road that follows the river to Glencar, along by Lough Acoose, around the side of Carrauntoohil down into Killorglin. The Bridia valley is eighteen miles from ‘Puck’, far enough to keep vices and foreign ways (anglicization) at bay.