White canal

What is rare is beautiful. And the canal blanketed in snow and etched in ice is one such beauty, thanks to the #BeastFromTheEast and #StormEmma.

It’s not the Black Water of my novel. More the White Canal.

Photos taken by my wife, Jacinta Leigh of Scatterpillar Designs.

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The day after the photos were taken, the thaw has begun and the landscape is shifting, slowly, from banks of powdery snow to mounds of slush. So, with it, the rare beauty.

 

 

 

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About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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