Limited edition run of 305 colour prints signed & numbered by the artist.
Size: 450 mm by 320 mm.
Paper: Antalis Edixon 300gm white card.
The Story: One day in 1998 I landed down at Creevy Pier to find all the local boats parked up there like this. There was nobody around except for Alec Reynolds chatting to someone out at the end of the pier. I had just missed the annual blessing of the boats & those assembled along with the holy friar had adjourned to the hotel above for refreshments. Creevy man, John Menarry, informs me that: the blue boat is the “Star of the Ocean” & belonged to John Gavigan; the small red & white boat was his own at the time; the white boat belonged to Pat Ward; Willy McNeely owned the big red boat at the front called the “Silver Star”. All of these boats fished for lobsters & crabs; nowadays only one boat works out of Creevy Pier, skippered by Michael Farmer. John Menarry still fishes for lobsters along these shores but sails out of Killybegs.
The wave is called the Corahan. It breaks on huge Mullaghmore size swells & like Mully is not for the faint hearted. I’ve seen big wave surfer Al Mennie towed into it. Emmet Doherty along with Neil & John Britton have paddle surfed it.
I photographed the scene intending to start on this picture immediately. But the 24 years of gestation in my head have brought a sort of nostalgia to the subject & it is all the better for it. Thank God I did take my photo before the authorities got around to vandalising the pier with their ridiculous array of guardrails, yellow lines & modernistic blocks of stone.