Donegal's Atlantic Way

Donegal's Atlantic Way

 

A well-know Donegal-based surgeon’s love of photography and poetry has inspired a beautiful new coffee-table book, Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way.

Dr. Michael Sugrue returned to Ireland with his wife Pauline and family after 20 years in Sydney Australia.  He was so  inspired by  the freedom and beauty of  Donegal that he wanted to capture its mystique and raw beauty.  Michael is an avid outdoor fan and has walked, cycled or kayaked most of the county. After eight year’s work, the result – Donegal’s Atlantic Way – was published by Nicholson and Bass and is a true labour of love. It is a 208 page coffee table photographic book of over 200 images capturing’s Donegal’s sea and landscapes combined with a new collection of 30 poems. The theme of the book and  pictures follow a story of the unfolding of the day from dawn to dusk and beyond in Donegal’s hinterland in the Northwest of Ireland.  It has been decribed as “one of the most striking Irish Landscape books of the decade”. Mr Sugrue, a surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital has a more modest view and feels: “it it something you can open and turn the page to the next vista, allowing  you to dream a little more”. He is very grafteful to the supporters of the books who made his vision come true and now three charities  Donegal Hospice, Donegal Mind Wellness and the Breast Unit Letterkenny University Hospital, will benefit from the proceeds.

The poems are for most part linked to the photographs; through combinations of light, lines and lyrics this book is a must for those who love nature and its rhythm.    The introductions from Donegal’s Nobel Laureate in Medicine and Physiology, Professor William Campbell and Donegal’s favourite son Daniel O’Donnell set the scene for the illustrated poetic journey that awaits.

Michael hopes the book can do justice to some of the magic moments he had while capturing them.  This limited-edition book would make a beautiful gift for anyone that loves Donegal and Ireland’s spectacular Wild Atlantic coastline. It’s available in many locations throughout the county, as well as Dublin and Galway and costs €35. It can also be purchased directly via  www.donegalhospice.ie or by emailing thedonegalhospice@gmail.com.