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In the fall of 2000 Arline and I took a two week bus tour of the Emerald Isle. Both of us have Irish blood. Arline descends from the Clan Plunkett. I descend from the hugh Clan O'Brien, also, Clan Ivory, Clan Kealy, Clan Carr & Clan Henry.
Our trip started and ended at the Shannon Airport near Ireland's west coast. We circled counter clockwise around the island to include Northern Ireland.
During a two week tour of Ireland in 2000 Arline and I were taken to Dan O'Hara's farm in beautiful rugged Connemara area of County Galway. Seeing the two room cottage where two parents and seven children had lived made me think of the possibilities of what conditions my Irish ancestors must have left behind. I started crying and could not stop all of the way to the bottom of the hill in a horse drawn wagon. I was so moved by the spirit of the place. Dan O'Hara's cottage is featured on several pages of this book.

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About the Author

Michael F. O'Brien
onggi Waikoloa, Hawaii, U.S. A.
Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea. Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera. 1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.

Comments (21)

paulashford

paulashford says

Mr O'Brien,

As a native Irishman I am always interested in seeing the appeal in our wee country through 'foreign' eyes, and your book depicts it beautifully. Even such a simple thing like a door or some pub signage etc, that we pass off as 'the norm' everyday is nicely captured in your book. Normally small details like these are taken for granted here so it is refreshing to look at these things in a different way. You have made me appreciate this little island a little more :)

As an avid amateur photographer I love finding the details that impress, the small everyday things that are so different to the rest of the world.

Very nice book, and some awesome photos through out.
:)

posted at 05:26am Dec 09 PST

paulashford

paulashford says

Mr O'Brien,

As a native Irishman I am always interested in seeing the appeal in our wee country through 'foreign' eyes, and your book depicts it beautifully. Even such a simple thing like a door or some pub signage etc, that we pass off as 'the norm' everyday is nicely captured in your book. Normally small details like these are taken for granted here so it is refreshing to look at these things in a different way. You have made me appreciate this little island a little more :)

As an avid amateur photographer I love finding the details that impress, the small everyday things that are so different to the rest of the world.

Very nice book, and some awesome photos through out.
:)

posted at 05:26am Dec 09 PST

erikfarley

erikfarley says

Micheal, Gorgeous book. I have email the site on to all my children and cousins. Yu brought back my memories of my trips to Ireland. Thakns. Erik Farley

posted at 04:02am Jun 25 PST

tooter824

tooter824 says

Mike I believe your books just get better and better. hanks for sharing.

posted at 06:45pm Jan 19 PST

chjenn

chjenn says

Being from Iowa where Michael lived and knowing his mother years ago. Michael this book Beautiful Ireland is wonderful. Wish I could see it in person as Clyde's g grandmother came from there.
HelenI ni Dorthers

posted at 12:10pm Jan 04 PST

eriephotos

eriephotos says

Michael, very nice book. I can't believe you photographed it
in just two weeks in Ireland. Your pictures make me want to
head out to Shannon Airport right NOW. Many thanks for
shariing it with me and all. Pat.

posted at 07:04am Dec 14 PST

franbur

franbur says

Thank you very much for looking at my little book. It was my first attempt and I used a rather unhelpful old camera, but it was fun. I find your book beautiful; wistful - the country sensitively observed and photographed - also some truly exquisite interior photos. I agree with you that it is very interesting to note individual ways of seeing and representation.

posted at 10:42am Dec 10 PST

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