A day out with The Fox Man

I promised Pat Gibbons, The Fox Man, to take him to the Jerpoint Abbey some day. Pat lives outside Thomastown, five minute drive from the abbey, but he has never been there before. It took me a while, but I finally came over to pick him up a couple of weeks ago. It is when I learned that beautiful Gráinne, the fox perching on Pat’s shoulder, has died in her sleep, apparently of old age. Gráinne was twelve – it is how long the domesticated foxes can live. In the wild, however, they live 1-5 years.

Gráinne was Pat’s first fox. Pat’s brother-in-law found her dying inside a cardboard box, weighing just a pound. Since that day, Gráinne has had an amazing life – from the point of view of both a fox, and a human 🙂 She was a happy fox, never short of fruitcakes and vine gums 🙂 She starred in 12 movies! 

I asked Pat if there was a grave, on which he replied that he took her from the Nature, and returned her back to the Nature. There was an old tree with a big hole under the roots, he said, so he put Gráinne’s body in that hole.

Run free, beautiful!

Pat Gibbons foxes


Pat went to the pen to get Henry. Henry’s left eye never recovered and seems blind.

We took a few pictures.



Now it is Minnie’s turn to pose for a picture. Sweet old Minnie. She is ten this year.


Pat and his brother decided that we take a family picture of Minnie and their new dog.

This was the best we could get. All the dog wanted to do was either sniff Minnie’s butt or run to the road to watch my car in case it starts moving.

I hope to see you when I come again, Minnie.

The day continues. In my next blog post, we will visit some historical places with Pat The Fox Man.

There are some links for those who want to hear the fox story: 2014    2015   2015  2017   2018

www.inesemjphotography Have a wonderful weekend!


    1. Sorry for the late reply. 25 comments ended up in my Spam folder. I am afraid I will never track them back to the articles…

      It was a sad visit, but such is life. I am glad I cheered up this wonderful man taking him to the Abbey.

  1. Oh Inese, I am happy to follow along on this continuing journey. Thank you for sharing dear friend, and please, don’t feel obliged to reply to this. You know how much I enjoy your work ❤

    1. Ah, sorry Takami. My friend died after long illness and her funeral was yesterday. I was very busy, and today I am wrecked and very sad.

      1. I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. I am thinking of you, dear friend. I understand it is very challenging and difficult when these things happen. Especially in our modern age, where “daily life” is full of challenges and complications. You are always welcome to email if you want to release stress, or, if you want to see more bird photos.
        Hugs, your friend in Japan,

        1. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. These last two months were so hard and busy, and now I feel such emptiness.
          I shared your blog with the bloggers Julian and Fiona, the ones who posted the kingfisher story. They are in awe of your photographs ❤

  2. So sad and happy at the same time.
    Beautiful Pat and his foxes!
    I’m very thankful you post about Pat and his foxes. xxx

  3. I’m so sorry about the loss of Grainne, but so happy and moved that she had such wonderful care. Pat Gibbons is a fine person, caring for those fox creatures in need!

  4. I rarely see foxes in the wild, Inese. They’re such beautiful creatures. It was fun to visit with them again through your lens. I love the photos of Grainne on Pat’s shoulder. RIP dear fox..

    1. Thank you, Diana! I was in shock when I heard the news even though I knew she was quite old. Now Minnie is reaching the age limit. They had a great life with Pat which is comforting.

  5. Sorry, my bad, but seeing you left the door open accidentally, this fox is free to come inside and sniff. And what a wonderful aroma and sights to see. Enjoyed your story and vivid photos. Lots of love, JY

  6. You seem to have forgotten to close the comments, which gives me the chance to say a belated Adieu to Gráinne! Glad to meet the Fox Family again.

  7. So sad to hear about Gráinne but glad to know that her days were filled with fruitcake and winegums. 😊 Looking forward to more of your lovely photos of Pat and his foxes, Inese! xxxxxxx

    1. Thank you Derrick! I went to my friends funeral this morning and published the blog forgetting to change the comment settings. I will have a hard time answering them as I am going to be very busy these days 😦 What a shame.

        1. Thank you 🙂 I noticed this in the evening, too late. It is all right, I just don’t want to delay my replies. These were hard two months.

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