Colouring Tramore

Whenever I see a rainbow over Tramore Bay, I just drop everything and whizz down to the seafront. I glimpsed a big, bright one out of the corner of my eye as I was in the throes of getting supper ready yesterday and took off to chase my dreams.

Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford
Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford

What more could anyone want than the sheer beauty of rainbowed sea and sand, especially here in Tramore?

Contrasts, in all walks life, can be stunning and the sight that met me as I turned when the rainbow had finally faded was one that will linger in my mind for a long time. There was Tramore in silhouette, as if highlighting the magic of black and white.

Tramore from The Promenade.
Tramore from The Promenade.

Swimming in a Rainbow

I finally fulfilled one of my many dreams this evening. I got to swim in a rainbow. Yes, I mean it!

There was a magnificent rainbow reflecting on the sea here in Tramore and I happened to be down the Prom with my swimming gear in the car. I ran along the brightly coloured wet sand and followed the rainbow’s arc into the sea. It was indescribably wonderful.

Naturally, I thought of the inspirational words of Christy Brown, so full of hope, that my mother used to quote and often sent to me when she knew I was troubled about something:

And there are rainbows

There are and there always will be rainbows.  Be sure you appreciate them!

And there are Rainbows~ Gatherings from Ireland # 71

The tiniest glimpse of a rainbow spells hope to me.

Years ago my Mother came across a quote,  from I think it was Christy Brown, that just said:  And there are rainbows.  From that time on, rainbows were no longer about stereotypical pots of gold or ‘all the colours of the rainbow,’ they were about hope at times of adversity.

I remember so vividly getting a postcard from her when I was at Trinity College back in the 1980s. I was going through a stormy patch in life and she was away with Dad on holidays in their beloved Co. Clare.

The postcard had a deep blue sky and a rainbow and on the back in her familiar hand were just four words: And there are rainbows. 

Life brings storms but it also brings rainbows. The storms tend to last way longer than the rainbows,  but, for me, Mother’s rainbows of hope will last forever.

 Rainbow over Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford
Rainbow over Tramore Bay, Co. Waterford