Dún Chaoin - West of Dingle
For a number of reasons, I was struck by this headstone.
I really like the circular opening carved out and the view through it. I like the appropriateness of the porthole and the sail-like curves of the stone to the solo-navigator.
Recourse to the web reveals that the Pat Lawless was in his seventies when he completed the round the world sailing – how uplifting and motivating. (My base level is low today so the uplifting effect is even greater).
When I spotted this last Friday, Christy Moore’s lyrics from the Brendan Voyage came to mind with the calm sea and miles of visibility doing its best to tempt the navigator back.
Maybe Brendan isn't the only one badly needing a break.
Solo World Circumnavigator
Died 20th August 2010
Aged 84 Years
May he rest at peace forever
In the great ocean of eternity
'Worn down by rejection that pierced his humble pride,