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The Work of My Father

The Work of My Father

The Work of My Father

Eoghan Condie

My dad has always been working. When I was younger I rushed to join his projects in the garden - mini hammer in hand – and he helped build my Lego towers to the ceiling. On school days, I often awoke among the morning rush to find my father had already left for work, the Tupperware lunch box gone and tire mark grooves through our drive ways gravel. He would arrive back late from the fish farm, tired from a busy day.  I now understand his commitment, how my father built himself up alongside the sea, working his way from the bottom to the top. As I paint him now I can see the labours of each day in every feature; from the fade in his white blond hair, to the rouge of capillaries brought to the surface through exertion and then the coarseness of his beard grown bushy against the gales of the Atlantic. He taught me what it meant to persevere.  I would like to honour him, honour what his dedication represented to me, honour the work of my father.

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The Unknown Story

The Unknown Story

Standing Still

Standing Still