Tara

The Tara Brooch dates from the 8th century
It is on display in the National Museum
In this drawing the fabric of people
into which the pin is set
represents the centuries of people
who have worn, owned or touched the brooch
One is inclined to imagine just
what this small piece of metal
has seen and experienced
and what tales of Ireland it could tell,
if it had a voice………


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2012
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Ladders to success

Enjoy each challenge
on your way to the top
Because when you get there
and look back
It is the challenges
you will cherish
and the journey itself
you will miss!

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1/500
2000
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I’ve done it

Passing an exam – Academic or otherwise
is the most wonderful feeling.
To have been judged by ones peers
to be good enough after weeks – months
even years of learning and endless practice
is fantastic – brilliant and marvelous!
But I wonder if a thought ought to be spared
for those who also wait for the result
Those who care passionately
wether we pass or fail
Those who walk the floor
waiting for the phone to ring
Constantly checking the time
nervously drinking or chain smoking or praying
One with her ears covered
and another with his head in a cardboard box
Driven to distraction by the waiting
and at the same time
afraid to hear the result………….
The words “I’ve done it” shouted
while floating from cloud nine
are greeted with “Congratulations”
and “I never doubted you”
And perhaps it is because of those very people
who care so much
that the feelings of joy are so great!
So if you’ve just done it –
“Well done”

 

Link words – Graduation – Passing exam – Qualify

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1/500
2000
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Gone fishing

When the work load is unending
When the years race by
When queues for everything are growing
When the noise is deafening
When the traffic isn’t moving…………….
I think of Reginald Perrin
Maybe he had the right idea
He just carried it a little too far
When it all gets too much
Do leave all the hassles behind on the shore
and go fishing!
Just remember to leave a note!

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1/500
2000
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Getting to know you

What if you got to know someone
before you met them?,
It might turn out like this little story did………….,
He nonchallantly contemplates life in general………….
She happily reads the news of today,
Without any great premeditation
they come across each other on the Web,
They start a dialogue,
Which grows into friendship?,
They unplug thier computers
and meet for the first time….,
and then…

 

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1/500
2003
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Fortune favours the brave

You can go for the safe option
You can maintain steady progress
You can play it safe
But is that all there is?
Is this as good as it gets?
Next time you are faced with an opportunity
to have a go
Remember – Fortune favours the brave

 

 

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1/500
2002
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Chain reaction


We all think of ourselves as independent
but in reality we depend on each other in millions
if not billions, of different ways each day
Each of us depend on other people to exist either by choice
or necessity – you may not think so
but already today
you have probably grabbed on to your milkman
the bus driver/Car/bicycle manufacturer or shoe maker
a newsagent and/or a baker
Everything we eat, wear or use has been made by someone
We are ourselves of course also part of the chain
in that we also contribute something which is needed
even if it is only company for others while they work!
For example since this drawing left my pen
it has been delivered to John in Ruon Print
he sent it via the delivery man, Shay,
to a repro house where Paul made a film,
which Colin plans up
from which John makes a plate
which Sean prints beautifully
and Colin then marks, cuts and wraps perfectly
ready for collection
Add to this chain, all those who made all the materials used
and the machinery employed
Think of how many people have contributed
to printing technology alone?
This illustrates perfectly just how infinite each chain really is
and how far back through history, it stretches
If everybody, who had even the smallest contribution
towards making this print, were included,
how many links would it have?…..
How long is a piece of string?

 

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Limited Edition Print
1/500
1999
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Oh happy day

Probably the most momentous event in anyone’s life
is the birth of a child
This light-hearted look at the event begins as it has to
with a couple getting together
Joy as the doctor confirms the expected date of arrival
The “Father” receiving claps on the back for his effort
his job is done
The “Mother” however has to contend with Morning sickness regular visits to the doctor to be weighed and checked
growing to alarming proportions
and being told to be patient and breathe deeply!
The final dash to the hospital with the bag that never holds everything anyway and then …………….
A baby is born
Everything else fades into insignificance
“ Oh Happy day” when it is all over and someone says
“It is a perfect little baby
Congratulations”

 

 

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Limited Edition Print

1/500
1998
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Long distance

Two people away from home
meet and fall in love
They spend every last moment
together
But She has to return home
alone
He is left behind
He travels home
alone
He writes her many long letters
She reads them
alone
They spend hours and hours
and hours on the telephone
But it is not enough
they both long for the day
they will meet again

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Limite Edition Print
1/500
1998
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Two heads are better than one

If you look beyond the obvious
Lateral thinking is fun!
Your solution to a problem
may not be anyone else’s
but if it gets the job done…..
What does it matter?
Variety is the spice of life!
……….and if you do
have to carry a long plank
then two heads are better than one!
Even if for no other reason than that:-
Each head usually comes with two arms
and a body attached!

 

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1/500
2005
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The Match

Going to The Match is the greatest!
Win, loose or draw – they did their best
Supporting the Team is what matters
Next week “We’ll show them!”
Going to The Match
is the greatest! 

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1/750
2003
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Team Spirit

To fight for personal victory
and to win
is always great
but
when your efforts
affect the outcome for everyone
when your failures
affect the result for everyone
Then the desire to fight
for your team
and to win for your team
Is what gives ‘team spirit’
its greatest power

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Limited Edition Print
1/750
2005
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