wild, natural countryside in Donegal, Ireland, where my grandparents are from

For Patrick (CA)
REQUEST #84

Hello-

I am writing because I heard about your photo program.

I am in Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor. I’ve been held in isolative conditions for 17 years. The image I would like is of Northern Ireland. Specifically Donegal. Any image of the wild, natural country there in donegal would be cherished. My grandparents and great grandparents are from there. Their stories of the place remain forever entrenched in my imagination and minds eye. I never took the time to seek out images of that far away land but, since being buried in SHU, I have longed to see it.

I once had a dream of Donegal in which I was walking, barefoot, across the grass. I could literally feel the cool blades between my toes. As I woke, in my windowless cell, I felt a palpable sense of loss. It felt like I was underwater and drowning. In the waking moment I realized I’d be wading through time for the rest of my life.

So, my request to you is for an image or photo of this beautiful land that haunts my dreams.

I also want to thank you for your innovation. You’ve given choice to men who have lost the ability to choose.

So thank you...

With Respect,
Patrick

 
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