Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing away of Savita Halappanavar.

Galway Pro-Choice like many other groups all over Ireland held vigils for her today to honour her memory. In attendance were some of Savita’s family and friends, the local public and members of various organisations fighting for the choice of every woman in Ireland.

I wanted to photograph the vigil as a mark of remembrance and so people who couldn’t make it could feel like they were there too.

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A classic Irish spring afternoon yeah. Bright, warm sunshine beaming down from between muddy grey clouds onto the landscape. A bitterly cold, snappy chill on my nose which freezes my ears as well. Sunglasses, scarf and warm jacket are essential, the paradox of good Irish Weather I suppose. I breathe in the scent of salty ocean spray and hear the sound of seagulls cry and children’s laughter in the air. The little dog’s little paws speed past me. The little dog delights in her moment of unbound freedom as she runs up and down the cliff with pure joy! Here she is a wild canine, a ferocious killer of tennis balls.

We rest at the top and watch the people below, the little dog is breathless from her excitement. Sitting here, in the sun at the top of the world, life slows down. Life is easy in these moments, life is simple. Problems drift away. These are the days I live for, the days I wait for. This is where I dream.

Things will change (again) sooner than we think. C’est la vie.

 

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
–William Butler Yeats

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12801413_10154003592419252_2788988911338076214_nYou probably know its International Women’s Day today (8th March), thus I think it appropriate as ever to talk about local women. Local women in my city, Galway are homeless, some with their children and they are trying to seek refuge, right now.

COPE Galway work to temporarily house and help the homeless, women & children experiencing domestic violence, and older people. They are a local Galway charity, not even as big as Cancer Care West, they look after the people in YOUR community.

COPE Galway Osterley Lodge is a women’s refuge in Galway. This service is a 12 unit hostel which provides emergency and short term accommodation for women on their own and women with one or more children experiencing homelessness.

Support local women this International Women’s Day. Donate today via their website – Every little bit helps, even €5 – www.copegalway.ie

“In 2015 Waterside House could not accommodate 288 individual women with 405 children who were seeking refuge. While all attempts are made to assist women to access safety when they call, refuge spaces need to be available on an ongoing basis for women at risk.”

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