A Saturday in Dublin

I spent a great Saturday in Dublin–the first I’ve had in over a month due to my travels–walking around Temple Bar, visiting the street marketplaces and the photography and art exhibits. I saw a lot of very interesting things, the pinnacle of which was probably the exhibit that consisted of a large, black curtained room with the lights off and thousands of blown-up white baloons on the ground. In the middle of it all was a swing-set with four speakers pointed at the lone swing, all making different, random sounds. The things people come up with…

But as I was leaving to head back home, I stopped on the Ha’Penny bridge, crossing the Liffey and I talked to a homeless man named Garry. He was sitting on the bridge playing Spanish-style guitar as the shuffling crowds moved past him. When I asked if I could take his picture, he was absolutely thrilled. After I snapped his picture, he hopped up and started telling me about the one time he was in America with his buddies and wound up in Canada. And before I knew it, we were sharing stories and our admiration for the city of Barcelona, guitars, etc.

He was just a warm man, and a joy to talk to for a while. I feel like that’s how most of the people are here in Ireland. If you get past the rough exterior, you’ll find a compassionate, caring individual with plenty to say. As we’re about to part ways, he smiles and says, “Take care. I’ll see you in heaven.”

I hope so, Garry.


Garry and his guitar


~ by Peyton Lea on February 17, 2009.

4 Responses to “A Saturday in Dublin”

  1. Peyton,

    I’ve been keeping up with your travel blog and I must say I’m super impressed with how far you’ve come with your photography, you have some truly stunning pictures here. I become more jealous of your trip with each entry. Just thought I’d drop in and let you know! I hope your trip stays amazing!

  2. Peyton–I am thoroughly enjoying your photos. You have a great “eye”. Keep with the great work!!

  3. Hi Peyton,

    I am currently working for a charity project in Hamburg, Germany. It is an organisation that tries to improve the life of homeless people by – amongst other offers for help – making music with them. Right now we are working on some shirt design, the shirts are supposed to be given to supporters who donate a bigger amount of money. So there will not be hundreds or thousands of shirts, just a few. And here’s my question: I would like to make use of the photo with Garry and his guitar on the bridge as a master for an illustration for a shirt and would like to know if you would support us by agreeing to the use of this picture. Of course I would send you the artwork I’m thinking about before and of course you would get a shirt for free after it’s done! If you need further information don’t hesitate to contact me! Thanks a lot so far! Hope to hear from you soon!

    • Hey Alex,

      That sounds like a wonderful cause.. Absolutely I would love to help you out. If you’d like, you can send me your email and I’ll send you the original sized picture of Garry. I have a few more that I didn’t post that you may want to take a look at as well. Thanks for contacting me about this, I’m thrilled to know my picture could help you out.

      If you want to email me, I’m at plea2@elon.edu, and we can discuss details and I can send you the full sized photos. Thanks and take care.

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