Brendan Hayes at Ormston House

‘THREE ORDINARY GHOSTS NEAR ORMSTON HOUSE’

They were just three ordinary ghosts that I met, going about their ghostly business-
so was I surprised? Well: I was surprised that I wasn’t more surprised by
meeting the three ordinary ghosts.

I guess they were not at all spooky –
No silly sheets over them with burnt-out holes for eyes …just three ordinary
ghosts as I’ve said . Near Ormston House

Later I was asked many questions: how did I know they were ghosts?
Could I see through them? Now that was I thought stupid …
But they definitely could see right through me …

And what of their business that caused them cross my path that day —
yes it was day, not night!? THEY WORE NAME-TAGS of men that I’d known
so there was recognition.. but I’m not sure; were they the likenesses of those
I’d known? Which might have made events easier understand.

Or were they simply carrying the tags of others departed …. I had many questions-
and I was much questioned later ..and later again. Oh, usual stuff; did I not try
and take a photo… Ask for email ,twitter, even facebook links.
it wasn’t like I was scared, either .

Yes. They knew my name, I’d heard it said- by someone in the trio-
as I stood aside, quite clearly ‘That’s Brendan!!!    And when they’d walked past I turned and saw -Yes, they had their feet firmly on the ground
and their backs jerking, like they were laughing …

They were just three ordinary walking, talking ghosts
that I left alone …and continue with whatever was their business that day
as I walked near Ormston house . Was that so weird from me ?
What else should I have done or said anyway ..

– Brendan Hayes

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TomCat Street Festival

TomCat Street festival was a great opportunity to engage directly with people on the street, pitching the idea and gaining feedback.  A huge thanks is in order for Natalie Woociker, the photographer for the weekend and David Tierney, who spent the weekend helping out in every possible way.  A thank you of course also to all the businesses on Catherine and Thomas street and the festival organizers and curators Anastasia Artemeva, Steve Maher and Gimena Blanco.