Kilkee Cliff Walk, Co. Clare, Ireland

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work you do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams, possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.
— from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, by John O’Donohue

Ireland: Che’s rebel spirit rears its head again

THE rebel spirit of Che Guevara lives on in Kilkee – where locals have painted fresh images of the Cuban revolutionary, following a council move to scrub out an existing mural.

The appearance of two murals of the historic figure follows Clare County Council’s removal of a large mural of Che Guevara on the Alley Walls last week. The appearance of the two new murals – one of the side of the Marine Hotel – comes ahead of the third annual Che do Bheatha festival celebrating Che Guevara’s visit to Kilkee in 1961.

Local businessman and founding member of the Kilkee Chamber of Commerce, John Williams, described it as “a spontaneous reaction by local people to the high-handed way in which the council removed the mural”.

The council removed the mural last week, saying it contravened Local Government legislation and was deemed graffiti.