The Mischievous Irish
I have had the good fortune
to travel to Ireland on several occasions. I spied this Volkswagen hiding
behind a tombstone almost by accident. It was a chilly (cold, actually)
November day and I had spent several pleasant hours at Kilkenny Castle,
the Kilkenny Design Center, and the Black Abbey. It was getting late and
I began walking toward Tynan's Bridgehouse Bar for a wee bit of
Irish whiskey to take the chill away. Kilkenny's main street meanders
erratically and has several names, calling itself variously Castle Road,
The Parade, High Street, Parliament Street, and Watergate. I got a little
turned around and found myself in the back of an old church, possibly
St. Mary's (built in the 13th century). I was immediately drawn
to the prominent "No Cars" sign and the old VW. The temperature
had fallen and there was a fine mist in the air (what the Irish call a
"soft" day) so I made a quick exposure and regained my bearings.
To me, the picture reflects the humor and mischief of the Irish that has
survived a melancholy past.
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