Hungry Cat

Hungry Cat

A hungry, scrawny cat came up to us while walking around Schull in Co. Cork last weekend. The poor thing was crying for food and affection. This was the first time Adam saw a real cat and he was delighted but we had to leave the poor thing to fend for itself.

I discovered that the Irish name of the town called Schull is “Scoil Mhuire”, a much nicer name IMO. In English that would be “Mary’s School”, or more likely, “St. Mary’s School”. West Cork is so beautiful but the basterdisation of Irish names is shocking. I even saw a sign for a town called “Snámh” which had been translated as “Snave”. “Snámh” is the verb, “to swim” in English. Perhaps the town was created by an English landlord and named “Snave” first and then named “Snámh” by the Irish?

PS. Congrats to fellow Mallow Camera Club member, David Lavery, who left his comfortable 9-5 day job to become a wedding photographer in Mallow, Co. Cork a year ago today! Not many would take the jump, so I hope he’ll get that blog rolling and write about his experiences. I know I’d like to hear about them!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 20D
Focal length 10mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/80s




  1. Reply
    David Lavery May 3, 2008

    Good Evening Donnacha

    Thank you very much for the plug.Much Appreciated.

    It was good to catch up and family with you today.I would like to have stayed for the coffey but being self employed there is always a job to follow up on.

    Ps I do hope to get a blog and word press site rolling shortly

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    Flickr: uninorth13 May 17, 2008

    An awesome portrait of him. (I would not have resisted bringing him home..)

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    Flickr: miguev May 17, 2008

    That cat looks indeed scary, looks like it’s about to rip your hand off, it gives me the willies!

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    Susan July 8, 2008

    Used your photo in a blog on hungry cats including a link to your page. If this isn’t okay, let me know and I’ll take it off. superb photo. sad story.

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    Zelfase March 14, 2009

    That poor cat!

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    Kat March 18, 2011

    Poor baby. 🙁 I wouldn’t have been able to leave her out there with no food or love.

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