“Omey is a tidal island off the Galway coast in Connemara measuring approximately one mile square. During the mid-nineteenth century the population stood at 400 residents, today there is only one, former stuntman Pascal Whelan.
I first encountered Pascal hitching a ride from Clifden back to Claddaghduff, I offered him a lift. During the brief journey we shared stories and struck up a friendship. We agreed to meet again the following day to discuss a project focussing primarily on Pascal’s life.
Pascal spent his working life travelling the world as a stuntman appearing in movies and performing in live shows. It was at one of these live shows that a member of his stunt team tragically lost his life, this finished Pascal’s career. Pascal returned to his childhood home on Omey Island where he lives today as the only full time resident.’