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Ruairí de Barra
Ruairí de Barra hails from the wilds of Tawneyshane, Co. Mayo and now resides in Cobh, Co. Cork.
An award-winning military journalist, he regularly contributes articles on maritime, military, historical and international subjects to many publications and he is a regular contributor to ‘An Cosantóir’, the Irish Defence Forces magazine
A sailor with over two decades of service with an tSeirbhís Chabhlaigh & Óglaigh na hÉireann, he has been twice nominated for the European Military Press Association awards in 2017 and 2018.
His poetry work has been published nationally and internationally.
Something in the Water.
There must be something in the water that nourishes writers on this Great Island of ours, as it has such an abundance of them. Perhaps, as the Lee flows along, it gathers stories from its many tributaries and courses, tumbling them in its stream as it flows ever onward on its journey to the Atlantic. Or maybe it’s the nature of living on the harbour, where for centuries ships have sailed and sheltered as the flow of commerce from across the nation has funnelled goods and people to its quaysides; then onward to new horizons waiting out past Roches point.
Something draws them to come to rest, like so many grains of sand, onto the shores of Cobh. This never-resting, ever-changing harbour has borne witness to the heartache of the emigrant and the excitement of unknown adventures for those drawn to a life on the ocean. Cobh’s every corner is etched with history and the endless search for fresh possibilities seems to stimulate the creativity of the local writers. They wait like Heaney at his desk, ‘Between my finger and my thumb, The squat pen rests. I’ll dig with it.’, and what a range of stories our local writers unearth in their digging.
Cobh -Gateway to Munster.
Cobh is the most beautiful seaside town in Ireland, looking out over the vast Cork harbour where the mighty River Lee runs down to meet the ocean. A place of rich history, which has stunning natural beauty and it is where the world’s largest liners come alongside the Deep Water Quay. The huge floating palaces carrying thousands of tourists each year are vast in scale and they tower over the brightly painted fishing boats which set out from the small little piers and coves with their pots & nets seeking to bring home the bounty of the waters outside the harbour.
From a vantage point at the foot of the magnificent St. Colman’s Cathedral, where over one’s head the 49 bell carillon rings out the passing of the hours, one can see the fortress island of Spike, Irelands Alcatraz, which is a must visit location for any family on holiday with something for everyone from history buffs to ghost hunters. Further to the right Haulbowline Island where the sleek grey ships of Irish Naval Service can be seen. The sight of a state ship returning home from a month-long patrol in the far reaches of the Atlantic, the tri-colour ensign streaming, the ship's company fell in facing Cobh, following the ancient tradition of indicating that no guns are manned, is stirring to the imagination.
Out further still one’s eye is drawn past the industry of the White Gate oil refinery & terminal to the harbour mouth where all maritime traffic must pass beneath the watchful forts of Camden & Carlisle as they were known when all the harbour defences were still in possession of the British Empire.
I am currently working on articles featuring ex-service personnel and the incredible work they do after military service.
I am also currently writing the first in a series of Action Adventure stories.
This will be known as the Storm Series.
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