Oil painting on canvas (cotton) 100x150cm
Aisling an Ógfhir or “The Young Man’s Dream”.
This is also the title of an old Irish melody written down in 1796.
It seems to have been the basis for the Londonderry Air, better known as either “Danny Boy” or “The last Rose of Summer”.
In folklore and literature, Ireland is often represented by a young woman. She appears, lamenting her fate, in a dream (aisling) to a young man.
Dorus emigrated in October 2010, immediately after having received his Masters degree in Celtic Studies at Utrecht University, only “armed” with a backpack with some clothes and his laptop. And of course he took his violin with him.
He has lived in Ireland since, playing music, working and progressing his studies further. I refer to his newly established natural habitat as “Dublin, city of Dorus”.
Bus Átha Cliath:
This is the name of Dublin City’s public bus service, Baile Átha Cliath being the Irish name for Dublin.