In the small village of Waterville County Kerry there stands a statue of the silver screen legend Charlie Chaplin. It’s presence pays homage to a cinema superstar who made Waterville his regular holiday home in the 60’s and 70’s.
His family tradition became spring and summer trips to the Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville. The hotel became a major connection in these visits, and even today there is a lounge named in his honour.

Chaplin is one of the giants of cinema. Star of over 80 films and a founding member of United Artists, he built a studio and an empire on the strength of his infamous character The Tramp.

His time in Waterville involved long walks with his wife Oona O’Neill. Infamous fishing trips, horse back riding, sand yachting and a curious game called ‘roll the red’.

In 1952, Chaplin left the US for what was intended as a brief trip home to the United Kingdom. However US Immigration revoked Chaplin’s re-entry permit. It was at this point that made his home in Vevey, Switzerland.

In the 60’s and 70’s Chaplin grew to love Ireland. He would leave his home in Switzerland and travel to Waterville where he would retreat to fish the lakes around Church Island.

The most successful film star of his era found shelter and solace from the world on the edge of Europe, and the locals felt the need to honour his presence with a permanent statue on the sea front.

This is my tribute to him using two images I captured of the statue together with some “heavenly” magic courtesy of the NASA free image website and Photoshop 7!

My name is Carol Bleasdale and I have been interested in photography and art since I was very young.

For my more recent work I am now combining my love of art and photography to produce Fine Art images and portraits.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you like what you see!

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  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleover 2 years ago

  • Carol Bleasdale
    Carol Bleasdaleover 2 years ago

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 2 years ago

    oooh this is fabulous Carol, one of my ancestors worked alongside Chaplin in his early days on stage at one point in her career so I’m led to believe. Great info about his life in Ireland xx

  • Thanks Lissy, he must have been very special to work with!

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...over 2 years ago

    Beautifully done, Carol – it catches the whimsical quality of Chaplin’s work. Stunning.

  • Thank you Christina, so much! x

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    A beautiful capture and treatment dear Carol.x

  • Thanks so much Catherine x

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Carol

  • Thank you so much!

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

    Outstanding work of art! Such a wonderful composition with highlighting in the perfect areas!

  • Thank you Pamela, you are very kind! xx

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 2 years ago

    What a great tribute to such a genius Carol…creative and so well done…beautiful image! Have a great weekend!

  • Thank you Marie, you are so kind! Have a great weekend! x

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much xxxx

    – Carol Bleasdale

  • Chelei
    Cheleiover 2 years ago

    Oh my – unbelievable that the US revoked his re-entry!! This is wonderful treatment to him (or his statue)!!

  • I know! I bet the US kicked itself afterwards!!

    – Carol Bleasdale

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