• Sleet Across the Irish Countryside
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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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    Sleet Across the Irish Countryside

    The little bit of snow we have had in recent days in Ireland has now gone, melted more by heavy rains than warming temperatures.

    Today saw some bright and sunny winter clear skies but also almost-night winter sleet and rain brought by thick, dark clouds.

    Here, in the image above this afternoon, a weather front spreads across the green Irish landscape towards me bringing with it sleet, followed by dark, wintry showers just out of scene.

    Ireland remains green and often bright in winter, the days are now lengthening again after the winter solstice on December 21st

    No images from the recent snow but some video that I might get posted soon.

    Join me, perhaps later in the year, when weather conditions improve to learn how to photograph in the Irish countryside.

    Panoramic Ireland's photography tours and workshops run all year round.

    Written on Saturday, 08 January 2022 17:35 in Miscellaneous
  • Ireland Coronavirus Update - January 2022
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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.

    Ireland Coronavirus Update - January 2022

    As of the 6th of January 2022, people travelling to Ireland will not need to have a negative PCR test to visit the country.

    The rules were introduced in the autumn of 2021 when the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was beginning to spread throughout the world.

    Now that it has well and truly catapulted positive cases in Ireland and the difficult task of controlling its spread means that it is difficult to continue with the process of making tests mandatory since the virus is so widespread here as in most other European nations.

    However, unvaccinated travellers will still need to have a negative PCR test or show proof of recovery from the virus.

    And all arrivals should take a daily lateral flow test (LFD), more commonly known as an antigen test here in Ireland, for five days after arrival.

    That is, if you can actually find one to buy, nevermind five! They have become incredibly difficult to source, in Ireland; until recently anyone who wanted to test for Covid has had to buy one of these tests but recent days has seen the HSE provide three free tests to those under 39 in place of PCR tests. The best places to find them are in supermarkets such as Aldi and Dunnes Stores as well as chemists.

    Panoramic Ireland's one-to-one tours of Dublin and beyond eschew large groups to allow you to concentrate on seeing Ireland, photographing your interests all without outside interruptions.

    Take a private tour with Panoramic Ireland.

    Written on Saturday, 08 January 2022 14:13 in Guide
  • Winter Solstice 2021, Shortest Day of the Year - Sunset in Ireland's 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.

    Winter Solstice 2021, Shortest Day of the Year - Sunset in Ireland's Mountains

    Today, December 21st, marks the shortest day of the year in Ireland and the northern hemisphere.

    Daylength in Dublin has shortened to just under 7 hours and 30 minutes today with sunrise at 08:38 and sunset at 16:08.

    Although this is the shortest day, the winter solstice, sunset has been getting a little bit later over the past few days with today's contraction in daylight hours coming from a later sunrise.

    From here the days will gradually lengthen even if, typically, our winter weather remains dull and grey for several weeks as the coldest months of winter are yet to arrive.

    Written on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 23:04 in Guide Read more...
  • Christmas and Coronavirus Update 2021
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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.

    Christmas and Coronavirus Update 2021

    It's now the week before Christmas 2021 and Ireland, like much of Europe and the world, is experiencing a sharp increase in Omicron variant Coronavirus cases.

    For the moment, there are some public health measures such as 8PM closures for hospitality, those arriving into the country need to fill out a Passenger Locator Form and take antigen tests for five days after arrival; mask wearing has remained throughout in shops and public buildings.

    With a late, and slow, start to the booster vaccination program, Ireland looks set to be badly hit with the more transmissible Omicron variant so we do expect there to be further measures introduced such as lockdowns or other restrictions on movement.

    Because there are many uncertainties around Coronavirus and the new Omicron variant, I am again offering no-deposit-required bookings for January and February 2022.

    Written on Monday, 20 December 2021 00:03 in Guide Read more...
  • Leafy Banks and Green Waters of the Grand Canal, Dublin
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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.

    Leafy Banks and Green Waters of the Grand Canal, Dublin

    Patrick Kavanagh, the cantankerous poet who came to live in Dublin from the tough country life in County Monaghan, spent much time on Dublin's Grand Canal.

    So much so that he was honoured with a bench and a statue on the waterway that runs from the River Liffey to the River Shannon.

    In his Canal Bank Walk he starts Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal.

    He wrote the poem after his treatment in 1955 for lung cancer, in which he had one of his lungs removed, during a summer of convalescing on the banks of the canal.

    Panoramic Ireland spends much time also on the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin, the very canal that Kavanagh loved so much, drawing inspiration also both before and after cancer treatment.

    Remember to support local business this Christmas, buy a photo tour for yourself or a voucher for a friend.

    Written on Wednesday, 08 December 2021 19:40 in Guide

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