• Spinning Hay in County Cork, Irish Farming Life
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    Spinning Hay in County Cork, Irish Farming Life

    Imagine the scene, it's a fine summer's day in the Irish countryside, County Cork this time; the sun is shining strong, stronger than for most of the summer of 2021.

    We stop off to view some old ruins and find this fine big field, one of many in this part of Ireland's southwest that isn't green with this old David Brown tractor spinning hay.

    At one point a joke was made that if the farmer was in a modern tractor he would have more comforts, including a comfy seat and air conditioning but...of course he has the best air conditioning going - no windows!

    Anyway, on we went to photograph the ruins nearby and further afield on a day of photography in the Irish countryside.

    Written on Thursday, 14 October 2021 22:55 in Guide Read more...
  • Saint Peter's Tin Church, Laragh, County Monaghan
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

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    Saint Peter's Tin Church, Laragh, County Monaghan

    A few months after my cancer treatment in 2019, I was travelling through the sunny, lush Irish countryside and found a sign that I had passed many times before. 

    It was for Saint Pater's Church, Laragh, County Monaghan.

    So off I went for a bit of exploration. Travelling along a small, windy road lined with heavy vegetation, in particular large ash trees, I found the small, attractive church along the roadside; a road that was undergoing resurfacing.

    I could see that the door was open, often a rarity in rural Ireland these days so I headed into the grounds, past a small stream and climbed the steps into the quaint, unusual church.

    Written on Friday, 24 September 2021 23:39 in Guide Read more...
  • Return to Slieve League / Sliabh Liag, Donegal with Clouds
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    Return to Slieve League / Sliabh Liag, Donegal with Clouds

    Amongst the most popular places to visit in Donegal and indeed in the whole of Ireland and in particular the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way that stretches from Donegal's border with Derry right down to Kinsale in Cork, Slieve League's impressive sloping sea cliffs are inspiring.

    The impressive cliffs and uninterrupted Atlantic views of Slieve League are located approximately one hour's drive west of Donegal Town in the south west of Ireland's most northerly county, Donegal.

    On my previous visit to these cliffs that rise to about 600 metres off the Atlantic Ocean the weather was bright and golden with beautiful light striking the facets of grey rock and green grass.

    On this occasion, summer 2021, it was warm but overcast so there was no direct, golden sunshine light. Still, at least the Atlantic weather was sympathetic to our photographic pursuits and there was plenty of colour as you can see in this image.

    Written on Monday, 20 September 2021 23:24 in Guide Read more...
  • Torc Waterfall in Summer, County Kerry
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

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    Torc Waterfall in Summer, County Kerry

    I have written about Torc Waterfall in County Kerry before, my last visit was during the winter on a trip to the Kingdom that saw me photograph snow on the mountains and visit some of the finest sections of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.

    Here, what is probably Ireland's most photographed waterfall, Torc cascades from behind a natural green curtain of foliage, notably brighter than in the winter image featuring only the darker shades of evergreen holly.

    Written on Tuesday, 14 September 2021 00:00 in Photo Tours Read more...
  • Donegal's Friendliest Sheep - Relaxing in the Irish Mountains
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    International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

    Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

    Cancer survivor.

    Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

    Donegal's Friendliest Sheep - Relaxing in the Irish Mountains

    A recent photography tour in County Donegal brought us to the edge of a mountain to photograph the landscape of Ireland's most northerly county.

    The weather was overcast, torrential rain had put an early end to photographic pursuits the previous evening, so despite a long journey across the country we headed off to photograph at least a few of the scenes missed.

    Just off the boggy path, sodden from the recent heavy precipitation, we spotted a relaxed sheep just sitting on the edge of a rock. 

    With a smile it watched our every move, unperturbed by our presence and the glass of our long lenses pointed right at it.

    No doubt finding mirth at our clumsy perambulation across the narrow, slippy track.

    For a time this was the most photographed sheep in Donegal, and the most accommodating, as it continued with its perfect pose for some time.

    A moment of utilitarianism.

    On we went in search of waterfalls and ancient ruins.

    Join Panoramic Ireland, that's me, to photograph in the Irish mountains or the urban wilderness of Dublin.

    Sheep relaxing in Donegal's rugged mountains
    Sheep relaxing in Donegal's rugged mountains
    Written on Saturday, 04 September 2021 16:45 in Photo Tours

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