Carrickfergus Castle was begun by John de Courcy in 1177. De Courcy was an Anglo-Norman knight who came to Ireland at the behest of Dermot MacMurrough, King of Leinster, who sought the English King Henry II's help in becoming King of Ireland. With no inheritance in England due, no lands and title - de Courcy set off from the southeast…
A storm rolls in from the northwest, across the North Atlantic towards the Sea of Moyle and in the distance the islands of the west of Scotland - Islay and Jura amongst others. In the foreground sits Rathlin Island, one of the largest islands off the coast of Ireland. The last warm colour of the evening's daylight fades as deep…
I have written about Croagh Patrick many times here on Panoramic Ireland, most recently with the story of a brocken spectre panorama. And here is a view from the other side of this majestic peak situated out on the Atlantic Coast of County Mayo in Ireland's west.
Croagh Patrick Brocken Spectre and Ringed Glory Ireland is a magical place, many myths and legends abound of superheroic endeavours and mysterious peoples. That magic didn’t disappear centuries ago either, it still exists.
With recent cloudy overnight weather it has been difficult to find an opportunity to get out and photograph Comet NEOWISE or C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE). The celestial body is now heading away from Earth and is fading, soon to disappear. So with a good evening sky and a forecast for clear skies I headed into the mountains. Photographing clouds and other…
Stone walls in Ireland are as old as farming, the oldest known to be those from Ireland's prehistoric farmers at the Ceide Fields in North Mayo which are approximately 6,000 years old. Like any field enclosure they provide many uses: keeping cows and sheep in, keeping others out, delineating 'my land' from 'your land', but these stone walls also provide…
A walk along Synge Street in Dublin. Located just off the South Circular Road, beside Saint Kevin's Church and Portobello - Synge Street is a quiet and leafy street inside Dublin's canals. In recent years it has featured in the Irish film Sing Street, a fine film set in 1980s Dublin that features the story of Conor Lawlor, his troubled…
Perhaps in order to allow the good folks of South County Dublin to visit IKEA, the Irish Government today announced that restrictions due to Coronavirus / COVID-19 would now be relaxed to a county travel basis. So, from 8th June Irish people can travel freely within their own county as if rural Ireland lives in some kind of GAA theme…
One of the few yellow ladybirds to be found in Ireland is the 14-spot ladybird Propylea quattuordecimpunctata which, like most ladybirds, feasts on the gardener's enemy - aphids. Here, seen walking around looking for dinner this charming ladybird is sure to make anyone growing fruit and vegetables happy. Also known as ladybugs in North America, the Irish name for ladybirds…
The old farmhouse sits, slowly decaying amongst trees planted by former inhabitants of this bleak place; in an almost treeless landscape in the Irish mountains. I visited on a recent sunny afternoon, the fine cut sandstone absorbing late day sunshine colour, grass slowly subsuming those stones fallen onto the ground in a gradual softening and reclaiming of the man-made scene.…
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