Eoghan Harris: The Garden of Eden -- and the house of awful horrors
September is a mellow month in west Cork. The madness of high summer is no more. Calm descends on the countryside before the big battle with winter.
Baltimore village relaxes as the more relentless Cork summer sailors move back to the South Mall. Those still around are not the boring types who fret about forecasts, but more laid-back mariners with time for banter.
Dave Twomey is one such. In Jacob's Bar he recalls a recent night's carousing in Castletownshend where his party was joined by Bishop Paul Colton, the Church of Ireland's top man in Cork. At the end of a long liquid evening, Dave offered to convert but was sobered by Bishop Paul's response: "He said in view of the recession there might be a bit of a signing-up fee."