Glassilaun Beach, Tully Cross, Ireland

Brigid Avery's avatar Brigid Avery

In October, I traveled to Tully Cross, Ireland for the Aquinas College Ireland Study Abroad Program 40 year reunion. On the winding road to the small town, my eyes fixated on the green moss, cobbled stone, and smell of wet wool outside our small rented car. I felt a sense of belonging and familiarity, like I was meant to be here now and I should definitely return. After a full Irish Breakfast, Guinness, and a nap, we drove up to Glassliaun Beach. The tide was out, allowing us to walk where normally waves crash the shore and climb up rocks usually buried under the sea. The patterns beneath us indicated where the water has rhythmically yet chaotically caressed the sand. We were privy to the secrets of the sea, what lie beneath, the beauty and order beneath the chaos of the crashing waves. These photos are a sampling of the beach that day, in that moment. Like the deep sea rising into plain view, something deep in my soul rose to the surface: a sense of belonging, a sense of peace.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 24 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 30 inches