Author: Conor Meehan

Love, Relationships & Island Living

I called up to a friend of mine, called Niall some time ago and I could only say that Niall really is a man of Aran — he is a first class fisherman, a champion oarsman, a builder of walls or indeed anything, he is a tremendous father and husband and I know he’d agree with me when I say that one of his best ever decisions was in marrying the lovely Genie, who could only be described as ; as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. Over the last 15 or 16 years since...

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Pátrún Festival – Currach Men and Modern Men

I remember years ago reading a story written by the Great Island Author, Liam O Flaherty in which he described the feelings of a newly wedded young man who was going to dig his potatoe ridges for the first time as a married man. He described a really beautiful and urgent picture of this young man in the field desperately wanting to show his young bride that she had chosen a man who would always provide for her and whatever family came along , he knew in ways that this was a rite of passage in his village and...

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If Aran was a man ……

Good Morning, At the very heart of this unique and beautiful island is community and the essence of community, is family. If Aran was a man …… My father taught me, and more importantly, showed me that in a family, a man’s primary function and purpose is to protect, love and look after his care and if you close your eyes and picture Aran as a man ; His strong back and big shoulders are the cliffs of Aran , shielding and protecting his care from the relentless waves that crash against him on a daily basis. Picture how...

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Paradoxically our hearts are delicate yet robust

This morning as I finally decided that Xmas was over and that a form of routine was reluctantly the way that I could get in touch with the islands natural rhythm and introduce a bit of balance back to hopefully pre – xmas levels. I’ve noticed over the years that I excitedly look forward to breaking free of routine and always, without fail, by early January I run back to the familiarity + safety of my routine. Before I set off up the hill, I noticed that I engaged in my usual mind game with myself, whether it’s winter...

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A Breakfast on the Aran Islands

Good Morning, Often in the past when I have been in different parts of the world with my heart aching for my island and my eyes weary for the want of seeing my beloved island – in my mindseye one of the stand out and most personally treasured memories were the breathtaking and inspiring sunsets in the West- the divine palate and brush strokes on the unending and open Western Sky would warm anyone’s heart. But, I am sitting here with a steaming hot cup off coffee, two slices of brown bread with real butter on them and watching...

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