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Home / Uncategorized / Closing time 10 Minutes With… Sean Curtin

Closing time 10 Minutes With… Sean Curtin

Name: Sean Curtin

Occupation: Photographer

Fun fact about you:
I am a Landrover fanatic. It’s an illness really.

Lesser known fact: I’m a water baby according to my wife Kate. Any chance I can get I’m beside the sea, in it or covered by it. I discovered surfing a few years back and am hooked. I love being in the open water. It’s refreshing for the body and soul

What motivates you in the morning?
Not to sound clichéd, life itself. It is for living.

I walked the Camino de Santiago in 2014 with my wife. I was a bit reluctant to go at the time as work was so busy (City of Culture). We walked 750Km in 24 days with a total disconnect from work, social media and life really. A complete disconnect allowed me to see the world in a whole new light. In that time we talked about not waiting until retirement to do all we had dreamed. Who knows when your time is up so why wait for that rainy day? It was an experience that changed our lives. I came home and rearranged the way I live life. I have a “work life balance now” Or what Kate calls a work hard play hard life! I still work long hours but now really appreciate the small things. For example when I am in Limerick, I take a walk around the three bridges at sunrise before I start into the day. Just to have that hour or so before delving into the madness.
As a photographer, I appreciate light a lot and sunrise is one of those special times of the day that many people miss quite often, which is the shame as each new sunrise radiates with possibilities.

So as Landrover say “One Life, Live It”

What one thing do you never leave the house without?
I forget everything, I’d like to say keys, wallet, phone but always end up ordering lunch to find out I have no wallet or can’t ring Kate because I have forgotten my phone.

Any hidden or lesser known talents?
Depends who you ask……..

As a child what did you want to be growing up?
A truck driver, thought I would be a globe trotter and get to see so much of the world meet so many interesting people. My ambitions changed when I realised that you really didn’t get to enjoy the world from the cab of a truck.

What is your favourite word?
Fred

Favourite quote of all time?
“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.” Jo Walton

What is the most recent book you have read?
The little book of lost things by John Connolly. It really sticks with you.

Are you superstitious/Do you have any personal rituals for good luck?
I am not superstitious at all, not really a believer in that stuff. I have learned that you make your own luck and sometimes not as the case may be. As they say “Prepare for the worst but hope for the best”

How would you sum up your life in 6 words?
Driven, fast, breath-taking, invigorating, illuminating and passionate

Describe your ideal weekend in Limerick?
I try escape to the coast whenever I can. However, some of my favourite weekends in Limerick have gone like this, lazy breakfast in the milk market, strolling around getting nibbles, bumping randomly into familiar faces, catching up with folks in the bustling crowd. Its the best way to start a day, the vibe in the Milk Market is hard to beat. Going for a run along the canal bank out by U.L and home for lunch with the wifey. An evening stroll around the river invariably ends up with a few sneaky pints before dinner with friends chatting till the late hours in some of the greatest bars limerick has to offer. Sundays are lazy and normally spent chilling the folks and family.

Favourite place to grab a bite to eat?
This is a hard one. Kate and I have three favourites, The Curragower for everything from a quick lunch to a cozy night by the fire. Azure has always been a firm favourite for us, we have celebrated many an occasion there in style. Last but by no means least, The Piccola Pizzeria, Kate brought me there when we were first dating (nearly twenty years ago now) and for both of us it is like home.

Best drink in town?
Tuesday night pints of Guinness in Myles Breens

Favourite people?
My parents, wife, family and friends. (in no particular order of course!) All of whom I owe everything and would be nothing without.

Happiness is……. Contentment, well for me at least. I am grateful for those in my life that l love and who love me. I am grateful for this life and who I have become in it, for all that I have achieved and for all that is yet to be. Almost every day I reflect on what I have to be thankful for and it’s these three that makes me feel all the good vibes. Some think mediation takes hours, seriously though, a few minutes when, walking to work, making coffee or stuck in traffic is all it takes to breath in reflect and be happy for a great many things in life. Try it. You might surprise yourself.

Article by: Michelle Costello
Photography by: True Media

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