Limited edition run of 180
Size: 11.5 x 17.5 inches or 290 x 440 mm
The scéal: This spot in Ballyshannon is known as the Pool. It can be accessed by a sometimes slippery path down through a wee gate in the wall opposite the old presbyterian church on the Mall- just up from the Mall Quay. Please be careful if you go exploring. This calm area is still used for berthing boats at times.
At bottom left of the picture there is an inquisitive trout peeking up at us from under the water. John Sweeny has been trying to catch him for years!
Across the river is the area of Ballyshannon south of the river commonly known as the Purt. There’s Sweeny’s White Horse Bar peeking out between the trees, the road up to the Rock, & the outline of St. Joseph’s Church above.
On the grassy banks of the river you can make out 12 heads lying back in repose. These represent the 12 men who died in accidents during what is locally known as the Cementation. The works involved the blasting of the world renowned Assaroe Falls to create the dam for the ESB hydroelectric scheme above the town, known as Cathleen’s Falls, in the 1940s. Although a fishpass was introduced, the great salmon river of the Erne was never to recover. The scheme was seen as a great achievement for ‘Modern Ireland’ at the time, but one wonders now at the cost of the great & bountiful beauty that we have lost.
Upper left in the picture is the northern bank of the river where you can make out a spirally celtic seam to be detected &…… yet another head, this time in profile.