Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pokiok Mascot McGillicuddy !



One afternoon last summer ( June 200 ) Rebekah and I observed this jovial - looking guy sunning himself and vigilantly overseeing "goings on" from the Pokiok side of "The Crick" (Spar Cove). For myself it was love at first sight ! His cheerful look and sunny disposition drew me like a magnet ........ such that I decided there and then to adopt him as our Pokiok mascot , emissary and watchbird. His name is McGillicuddy and he makes two stealth flights a day along the Pokiok shoreline between The Crick and Boar's Head ...... plus one across the interior with stop off in the shallow , grassy , food-rich waters of Robertson's Lake. McGillicuddy's main job is to watch out for people using Pokiok for a public dump , poachers , car thieves turning our back woods into outdoor chop shops ..... and especially keeping a keen eye peeled for voracious , greedy developers ...... ever eager to bulldoze and "embellish" our beloved Pokiok ..... sacrificing its natural beauty to the Almighty Buck ( and this with the blessing of our weak-kneed city elders ) much as they have already done to our majestic beacon... Boar's Head !!!

McGillicuddy reports back to the direction of Pokiok.net twice weekly. Below , our mascot demonstrates his great acrobatic abilities and prowess. All photos were taken by Rebekah, min älskling.

  

9 comments:

  1. hi gerry & rebekah,

    your piece and shots of McGillicudy are exceptional! what a team you two make ... gerry with his pen & rebekah with her Pentax(?).

    in spite of all his glory, however, "ole mac" has a "lean and hungry look" about him, don't you think?

    'told mum about Mac and she said gerard always had a special way with God's creatures.

    again, super shooting rebekah!

    cheers!

    dickie.

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  2. Thank you so much , Dickie.... you're absolutely right about McGillicuddy's mean look ... the type of guy you don't want to run into down some dark alley .... he's a pussycat though inside ! Yes, Rebekah has the equipment and over the last two years has attained near perfection in her photography work.... and to boot , she absolutely loves doing it !! You Mom knows me well ... and I truly do love "critters" !
    Sláinte
    Gerry

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  3. hi gerry,

    'going to ireland in september and will be exploring in and around the "ring of kerry".

    one spot that I will be seeing are the MacGillycuddy's, a series of mountains in the area.

    who knows what little item of interest I might find for you & your mascot, ole Mac?

    slainte!

    dickie.

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  4. Hey Dickie.... lucky bird.... mac Giolla Cudha or son of servant of Chuda ..... great placename and family name and our Pokiok mascot to boot..... I've been to old Gort Félim a few times and loved every moment I was there.... publife is highly contageous and please come back to us before the rivers Liffey and Guinness run dry !! Gerry

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  5. hi gerry,

    further to my irish trip in september:

    did you know there was a "McNulty stronghold" located in Cavan - located northwest of Dublin?

    I'll be stopping there and checking out fact & fiction of clan mac an ultaigh (is this the correct spelling?)

    you're right! publife is NOT only highly contagious but it could be downright sinful. this is from direct Dublin experience in places like McDaids, O'Neills, and of course, The Palace Bar, where many a rosary has been started but NOT completed!

    slainte & blessings,

    dickie.

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  6. gerry, just an update correction:

    Mac an Ultaigh.

    and, oh yes, the Dublin pubs were encountered while doing the Way of the Cross ... talk about edification!

    slainte!

    dickie.

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  7. hi gerry,

    we'll see you on wed. 11 am at TH's, and hopefully, master dowd will be there too.

    when you return from France, would love to go over your collection of shots from st. mary's days.
    it's great to have this rare opportunity after so many, many years. the names, faces and events from those hallowed halls remain with me still!

    cheers!

    dickie.

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  8. Hi Dickie.... Just getting around to answering your comments , my son... please forgive an old "snail" ! With the Irish Blarney were both exposed to during our early years and filling in the blanks over the years with study and experience I feel certain you are going to have a ball and a highly meaningful trip to the Old Sod. I have visited Cavan but did not check out our family name there.
    As agreed to via the phone I shall be at Tim's on Wednesday at 11 bells.
    You remember your Latin grammar a wee bit ? Well " Ultach " is the nominative case sing. and "ultaigh" is the genetive case sing .... the "of" or possessive case .... mac an ultaigh .... son of the Ulsterman ... Amen ... and we'll get together for a special conflab with my two Brockville albums after I drag my sorry ass back from France.
    Slán fo fóill , a chara
    Gerry

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  9. hi gerry,

    thanks for the Mac an Ultaigh info, and the "edifying" discussions "Billy & meself" are enjoying almost weekly now.

    also, a sincere merci for sharing so many of your delightful pictures ... you're making our past come back to life!

    enjoy France and your friends, and return safe & sound. we'll try to keep the level of discussion at a meaningful level during your absence.

    cheers!

    dickie.

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