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We never get anywhere by continuing to do what has failed.

Success depends on doing basic and necessary things continuously and to perfection.

It defies reason that the HSE and their contracted “service” providers cannot comprehend that adult “clients” with mental health/intellectual disabilities do not “engage” with the “service” because they HAVE mental health/intellectual disabilities!!!

In this country, every child who is accepted into the ranks of Intellectual Disability is meant to have ongoing access to and monitoring by a social worker. To some extent this works.

But on the morning they wake to adulthood that support person is gone unless the individual gets into trouble with the law or worse. Very tragically worse.

Definitions or labelling are no more than administrative tools to simplify record maintenance and budgetary control. They cure nothing but cause enormous harm when relied upon by uncaring, ill-spirited individuals to disguise their incompetence and moral bankruptcy while people, yes people, they are responsible for go uncared for.

Manipulations at Abbisdeely.

There are places which have an air about them that draws from within something of the secret essence of who we are. 

Manipulation #1 Abbisdeely

Manipulation #1 Abbisdeely

This is not a surface thing that can be read from the face, more something hidden in plain view which can be seen only by those willing to expose their own vulnerability in seeking to know who we truly are.

Manipulation #2 Abbisdeely

Manipulation #2 Abbisdeely

In this series of pictures I seek to explore that which is hidden within the digital image of that essence of this beautiful and mysterious place. We pass rapidly by the location in our busy lives oblivious of the this remnant of antiquity hidden only by our speed and self obsession.


Manipulation #3 Abbisdeely

Manipulation #3 Abbisdeely

Pause for a few moments and taste. Immerse yourself in your inner thoughts.

What is here that you alone can see, can appreciate? 

Manipulation #4 Abbisdeely

Manipulation #4 Abbisdeely

It is unique. You cannot share it. You cannot lose it once you take hold.

Yet I retain what is mine and which is of no value to you. What wealth our nature holds.

When you are shown …

When you are shown something what do you see? Do you see what the presenter wants you to see? But how are you to know what it is hoped you will see?

When I look at something, what I see is unique to me. It has to be, because how my mind sees what is viewed by my eyes is a compound of a variety of inputs which automatically and instantly colour and mould the data so what my conscious mind receives is sophisticated package of data made up of the visual seamlessly combined with a critique tailored exclusively for me and truly, relevant to me alone. This will remain my record and impression of what I have seen regardless of the intent of the curator of what I have been shown and will only ever be adjusted on seeing the same again. Indeed the reviewing will almost inevitably result in some such adjustment, perhaps because of something as minor as an altered composition of the audience of the time of day. I may be told what I might expect to see but never what I will see.

Compound, a manipulation of digital images.

Remembering our identity.



‘It is beyond dispute that Irish enshrines the national ethos and in a subtle way Irish persists very vigorously in English. In advocating the preservation of Irish culture, it is not to be inferred that this culture is superior to the English or any other but simply that certain Irish modes are more comfortable and suitable for Irish people; otherwise these modes simply would not exist. It is therefore dangerous to discourage the use of Irish because the revival movement, even if completely ineffective, is a valuable preservative of certain native virtues. (“Cruiskeen Lawn”, in The Irish Times, 11 Oct. 1943.)

Flora an exhibition @ UILLINN West Cork Arts Centre.

Flora, an exhibition by Members and Friends of West Cork Arts Centre
23 June – 16 September
The opening of this exhibition on Thursday 22 June was a welcome opportunity to meet some of the people who made the work on show in the Stairwell Gallery and others with lively opinions gently expressed. Bill Chase of Deelish Garden Centre

Branch Marked
Branch Marked edition of ten

Curated by Alison Cronin, Members and Friends Liaison @ UILLINN, Flora features artwork that explores the plant-life of Ireland. West Cork is renowned for both the beauty of its landscape and for the ever increasing community of artists residing here.

I, like many others living on the #wildartisticway are driven to express ourselves through the Arts and Many of those artists are part of our Membership and Friendship schemes here at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre and as such we are delighted to provide them with opportunities to exhibit their work. The West Cork landscape is a common source of inspiration for artists, but for this exhibition we were seeking work that looked a little closer, to the plants and flowers that inhabit those landscapes and give them life.
Including photographs, print, drawing, painting and mixed media from 30 different artists, the rich variety of work on show echoes the rich variety of plant life which inspired it. Grasses, garden flowers, woodland, weeds, ferns and mosses are all represented here.
The exhibition will run throughout the summer ensuring local artists work is on display at Uillinn throughout our busiest season. Join us for the launch at 5.30pm on Thursday 22 June, or call in throughout the summer to see the work.

About Deelish Garden Centre.

Over the years Deelish Garden Centre has become synonymous with sustainability, quality and value. Our selection of plants, seeds and sustainable gardening supplies, coupled with a commitment to outstanding customer service, have earned us an enviable reputation for horticultural excellence, not just in our West Cork base, but across Ireland and further afield.

Established nearly 30 years ago Deelish is very much a family-run business, managed by Bill and Rain Chase, their son Noah and their team near Skibbereen in County Cork.

Over the decades we’ve worked hard to develop our catalogue of plants, many of which are only available in Ireland here at Deelish Garden Centre. We have been sourcing plants for some of Ireland’s top Garden Designers and Landscape Professionals for decades, and specialise in unusual and tender species that can be grown in the mild climate of Ireland’s south west. We also offer a wide range of more temperate plants, and Ireland’s largest selection of Rhododendron’s: a collection that is ever expanding.




Study #2

I have said before that I know nothing compared to you and you know little compared to me but between us, we may know enough.

I have a great liking for Conte sticks. Simple and easy to use they seem to guide my hand.

Points of view.

Points of view.

We are bombarded by opinions from all angles. Some are truly the belief of the lips that speak them but more are bought and paid for by those who would construct belief to their own ends.

We are conditioned to need to belong and seek comfort in common belief, to draw strength from common allegiance and take shelter behind fashion.




I have always liked Mark Rothko’s work. others dismiss it. regardless of liking or loathing it is art and as such has worth which should be viewed and preserved separate and distinct from inappropriate values.

“A Mark Rothko painting sold for $46.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York, an evening in which several records were set including one for a work by German artist Sigmar Polke.

The Rothko work “Untitled, (Yellow and Blue),” measuring 2.42 meters by 1.86 meters (about 8 feet by 6.1 feet) and completed in 1954, had been estimated at between $40 million and $60 million.

The painting was once owned by American socialite Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, according to Bloomberg.

Rothko was one of the most successful and famous artists in America before he killed himself in 1970″ News link

the worth attributable to art is that as far as possible it should be experienced not possessed. to commoditise an artist’s work is to lower it to the grime of common currency. it is difficult in our society dedicated to greed to separate beauty from base commercial values but we must strive, if we are to call ourselves civilized, to compartmentalise. no monetary value can be placed on a loving embrace but it has incalculable worth, so too the privilege of seeing beauty made of our hands as we strive to emulate and explore our nature in all its complexity.