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Pat Lawton

Interviewed by Sean Lawton

Sean: How long have you lived in the area?
Pat: 62 years.

Sean: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Pat: I remember going to hurling matches and living near the beach.

Sean: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Pat: There were petrol shortages and the foot and mouth disease.

Sean: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Pat: I have enjoyed going for walks along the beach and gardening.

Sean: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Pat: Being heavily involved in the community means everything to me. I’m involved in the lifeboat crew, as a referee in the GAA, and I work in the local co-op.

Sean: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Pat: To stay and appreciate the scenery and the general area.

Pictured below is Sean’s creative response to his interview with Pat- artwork highlighting his GAA referee position.