Festival of Bridges #15 ~ Irish-American Connections

The connections between Ireland and America are immense and I can’t but think of them when bringing you Rod Figaro’s contribution to The Festival of Bridges.

Rod is a professional photographer, based in New York, and you can find his excellent website here. Bridges feature a lot in Rod’s work and when I asked him about this he said:

As for my fascination for bridges, particularly the ones in New York, their sheer sizes alone can easily capture your attention, and one can never get used to that.

Here is the magnificent photograph that he sent me:

Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Brooklyn Bridge, New York

For years, as I’ve stood on the Promenade here in Tramore, I’ve felt that Brooklyn Bridge and America were what were glittering on the horizon at the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.  By sheer coincidence, we now have a bustling beachfront restaurant on the Prom, called Brooklyn, with the bridge logo!

Brooklyn Cafe, Tramore, Co. Waterford.

It would be impossible for me to leave Rod Figaro’s photograph of Brooklyn Bridge without highlighting the extent to which it is a bridge with a huge connection to poetry.  Here are a few lines from the great Walt Whitman poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” which celebrates the exact spot where Brooklyn Bridge, which was completed in 1883, now stands.

The current rushing so swiftly, and swimming with me far away;
The others that are to follow me, the ties between me and them;
The certainty of others–the life, love, sight, hearing of others.

Others will enter the gates of the ferry, and cross from shore to shore;
Others will watch the run of the flood-tide;
Others will see the shipping of Manhattan north and west, and the
heights of Brooklyn to the south and east;
Others will see the islands large and small;
Fifty years hence, others will see them as they cross, the sun half an
hour high;
A hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence, others
will see them,
Will enjoy the sunset, the pouring in of the flood-tide, the falling
back to the sea of the ebb-tide.

I sincerely hope that one day I will finally get to see Brooklyn Bridge with my very own eyes and meet Rod Figaro there to go on the photo-shoot he has so kindly promised.


The Festival of Bridges runs until October 31st. Submissions are now closed. 





Blogging Satisfaction ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 285

I never cease to be amazed by the global reach of this blog and I’m always very curious to know more about my readers who hail from all corners of the world.

What brings me the greatest satisfaction of all is connecting with readers, be the locals from Co. Waterford or people from far flung places. It matters more to me that a particular post truly resonates with one person than that hundreds click the ‘Like’ button and carry on with their journey, be it real or virtual.

Recently, I wrote about Promenades http://wp.me/p1ip9d-228, largely because of the wonderful Prom which  is a fundamental part of my Tramore, here in Ireland.  It was obvious that the post struck a significant chord with one of my regular readers and she kindly offered to send me photographs of  her Promenade/Esplanade in New York.

Here are the stunning images that landed in my inbox yesterday and that made my blogging week. I’d love to know what brings you the most ‘Blogging Satisfacation,’ both generally and specifically?

Brooklyn Heights Promendade, New York
Photo: Joanne Dillon
View of Sail Boats from Brooklyn Heights Promendade, New York
Photo: Joanne Dillon