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Monaco based fine art painter,Mark Mc Fadden.His clients include Prince Alert Of Monaco.
Visiting Howth with my Mam,Dad and brothers when I was young was the greatest gift of all.The days when my aunts and cousins joined us are beyond priceless memories to me now.We played football late into darkness and were treated to ice creams and fish and chips,lemonade and anything that our parents could give us most importantly their presence.I love the place and knew from an early age that travel was unimportant to me as this was the most special place on earth(after my home).There is definitely something deeply spiritual about Howth for me and I spent many days of my youth staring into the ocean wistfully after my Mother passed on and humming songs of my favourite bands The Smiths,R.E.M. and The Waterboys.I am even known now to hum in Icelandic.I remember a harshly cold November day in November 1998 when my Dad and I found a seal washed up on the rocks,helpless and pining for a return to the sea.My Dad insisted that we wait til The Seal Sanctuary arrived from deepest southside.We were both perishing but all that mattered to my Dad was the safe return of the seal to his family.Three hours later,the vets appeared and returned him to his proper envirnoment.My Dad and I obviously had to warm ourselves up beside the fire in The Abbey Tavern.The best part about Howth is not living there and being deprived of that feeling of getting of the Dart,turning the corner and each and every visit seeing it for the first time.
"I know this path by magic not by sight"