Donal O’Neill, aka Old Road, was a fisherman in Castletownbere. In 2012 he drowned beneath a bridge in the village, where a river meets the harbour. In the autumn Dublin Review, Caelainn Hogan – who had known Old Road since she was a child – writes about his eventful life and sad death, set against the backdrop of a fishing port whose fortunes have been in constant flux. ‘Death of a Fisherman’ is a beautiful evocation of a person and a place, and of a wild Ireland that has been slowly disappearing.
Also in the autumn Dublin Review, Seán Lysaght haunts the former – and possible future – nesting sites of eagles on the coast of north Mayo; Joanna Walsh writes about fear and freedom in Mexico; Nick Holdstock accompanies a friend back to his home village in Hunan, and observes how China’s mass urbanization has altered rural life; Peter Cunningham recalls the summer of 1964 in the city he does not call swinging London; Brian Dillon on the photographs of William Eggleston; and short stories by Nicole Flattery and Richard Lea.