momentsThe Death of a Friend

August 5, 2016by admin2
panorama view over Cul Dorcha
panorama view over Cul Dorcha



Who and how we make friends is arbitrary in one way, but in another I believe we draw them toward us. While lots has been discussed and said about Oliver over the last couple of days ┬ásince his sudden and untimely death I felt a desire to verbalise his impact on me. Apart from stating the obvious, that I shall miss him, and put in as a succinct way as possible….. He enabled me to see my own strengths.

We formed an unusual friendship from the outside but our similarities materialised over the last few years and as I was going down into the depths of depression he provided a very real sense of being there. By this I mean, he believed in me and encouraged me through that phase to understand my place in the world and he empowered me to understand my value. Confidence is something a lot of people struggle with, but he had oodles of it, while confidence can appear as arrogance to some this he certainly was not.

So, I wish to thank Oliver for giving me confidence in myself, my abilities and what I am striving to achieve.


  • Frank Gildea

    October 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Adrienne, You are so right about Oliver. Yes, he will be missed.
    Mike Long and I enjoyed our early morning visit with you in early October. Glad to hear about the progress you are making with the brewery and the pub/ hotel. Your hard work and dedication is to be admired.
    Hope to see you next year when we return for the Dingle Founding Fathers weekend.
    Frank Gildea
    Edgartown, MA, USA


    • Adrienne

      October 27, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Frank, Lovely to hear from you, your early morning visit was, if I remember correctly quite welcome it gave me the opportunity to sit still for a while and draw breath! As for my hard work, experience has taught me it doesn’t always yield rewards, but somehow the reception our beers are receiving has enabled me to see light at the end of the tunnel! It is fair to say I enjoy immensely brewing beer, being in a position to make something out of the water in the ground adding grain and garden botanicals etc really excites me… Such an ancient process and still integral to many social gatherings……Warm regards to both you and Mike


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