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…
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.
Fraoch mór is the Irish name for heather, Calluna vulgaris and it can be found over large parts of the Irish landscape. It is also known as ling and it prefers acidic, boggy soils that cover the upland areas of Ireland. These are places that often, at first glance, appear barren with vast open tracts of treeless ground with only…
After a day when the weather was supposed to have been better, the evening's stormy sky changed to bright golden sunshine at sunset. But only for a brief moment or two. This image is of that sunset light, the embedded post below is of the stormy sky just before sunset and after the day's rain had ceased. That's how the…
Looking up into those vaulted ceilings and bookshelves that fill two floors of the Long Room Library, that's as much as I could do on today's return to the iconic book repository. The busy tourist site was full of people, mostly international visitors so photographing at ground level was impossible, except for views into the bookcases - more of those…
It isn't always hot in Ireland, in fact the first two weeks of June 2017 saw colder than usual temperatures and, in places, double the rainfall average for the whole month. Today, the longest day of the year has been hot, along with the past few days we have seen temperatures of over 28C. Here on Howth Pier in County…
On a recent photography workshop to the Antrim Coast, specifically the Giant's Causeway, in between shooting images I made some video of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site that is close to where I grew up and studied at University. I have written about the Causeway in recent weeks, you can read more about that here and to book a…
Think of spring, think of colour. Think of cherry blossom and Dublin doesn't spring to mind. From my previous post on cherry blossom in Dublin I have had many comments expressing surprise that Dublin looks quite so colourful, that looking at the image of bright pink blossom overhanging paths it looks more to the eye like Japan or other countries…
Some say it was a giant, Finn McCool or Fionn mac Cumhaill who built the causeway known as the Giant's Causeway. Finn was an Irish giant who, according to one version of the myth, was having a fight with his rival in Scotland called Benandonner. Finn built the causeway, using rocks as stepping stones across the Irish Sea to Scotland…
A recent photography tour in the west of Ireland encompassed several sunrises but of these this was the most impressive.
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