• Taghadoe Round Tower, County Kildare
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    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Taghadoe Round Tower, County Kildare

    The Irish name for a round tower Cloigtheach  literally means bell house and they indeed functioned as bell towers, it's a logical construction with the high tower being visible from miles around, as a way-point guide for pilgrims and other travellers. Also sound travels further from a height and therefore the monastery - round towers are almost always associated with important churches and monasteries - would have been heard from quite a distance too, especially inside valleys where the sound of ringing bells coming from above the tree canopy would have been impressive.

    Written on Friday, 10 November 2017 22:58 in Guide Read more...
  • The River in Autumn
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    Photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    The River in Autumn

    Autumn is of course well known as a colourful time of year and without doubt Ireland has many colourful places in September, October and November - the three months traditionally associated with autumn here at this latitude.

    On this occasion, a small river in spate with water flowing over salmon weirs, captured on a photography workshop in the Irish countryside.

    Written on Saturday, 04 November 2017 22:46 in Guide
  • Lough Leane and Ross Castle, Killarney County Kerry
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    Photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Lough Leane and Ross Castle, Killarney County Kerry

    Killarney, Ireland's original tourist destination town is as scenic as it gets anywhere in the country.

    Situated on a lake - Lough Leane, and surrounded by mountains including Ireland's highest Carrauntoohil this is a place that has seen a lot of cameras and photographers over the decades since the invention of photography.

    As I was leading a photography workshop in Killarney I took an extra day for myself and captured some footage of Lough Leane a bronze age copper mining area, the cloud-topped mountains and the rowers, swans and other wildlife using the lake in the late evening.

    The video finishes with an image of Ross Castle, an Irish tower house that dates from the late 15th century. It is typical of many fortified dwellings from the period when defence was important - outer walls, portcullis, thick tower walls, narrow windows and arrow loops amongst other such mechanisms. The castle is restored and can be visited. It has artificial lighting at night and looks well.

    To find out more about my photography tours and workshops, contact me using the menu above. I have been leading workshops and tours for ten years in Ireland and I have been commissioned by the biggest names in the travel industry including the New York Times, Sunday Times, Easyjet's Traveller magazine, Ritz-Carlton hotels amongst others.

    Written on Friday, 03 November 2017 15:24 in Photo Tours
  • Morning in Cork
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    I've been busy over the past few weeks, first with a trip to London to photograph Marillion at the Royal Albert Hall and then a photography assignment in Cork, Ireland's southern city.

    Here on my Instagram feed you can see one of the behind the scenes images from the photography assignment that took me to the friendly city.

    Of course there will be more images to follow, especially once the article for which I was photographing is published.

    Written on Sunday, 29 October 2017 21:15 in Photo Tours
  • Busking on Grafton Street, Dublin
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    Photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Freelance photographer for New York Times.

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    Walking through Dublin is one of my favourite things to do, especially as I create personalised walking photo tours of Ireland's capital city.

    Here on an evening after a photography tour in the city that I know so well, I spotted this busker on Dublin's famous Grafton Street.

    Check out my Channel on YouTube or just watch the video here below for a moment of Grafton Street after dark.

    For more about my Dublin Photo Tours check out my Dublin page here on Panoramic Ireland.

    Written on Sunday, 29 October 2017 00:35 in Photo Tours