Inside the same abandoned Irish house as Saint Brigid’s cross silently hung this ceramic plaque of the ‘Man of Aran’. Man of Aran is a 1934 Irish fictional silent ethnofictional documentary about life on the Aran Islands off the western coast of Ireland. It portrays characters living in premodern conditions. Known for its drama, spectacular cinematography of landscape and seascape, and concise editing, it reminded me of how brief our passage is through life. 20 minutes away from this decaying wall is Doolin, where a ferry can take you to the Aran Islands. Soon I hope to be on that ferry. 


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