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October 2017 ISSUE

The Last Boat-Builder in Ballyvoloon

“There are of a certainty mightier creatures, and
the lake hides what neither net nor fine can take.”
—William Butler Yeats, The Celtic Twilight

The first time I met Más, he was sitting on the quayside in Ballyvoloon, carving a nightmare from a piece of linden. Next to him on the granite blocks that capped [...]