Saturday, 30 April 2022 23:36

April Heat Haze in Ireland, Rathlin Island

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I have read a few articles recently, and many over the years, that in part mention how gloomy the weather is in Ireland, how you shouldn't move or holiday here because of the weather. Well, here is a fine April day of 17C to 19C temperatures on Rathlin Island off the Antrim Coast. Pictured here is the East lighthouse, one…
The fulmar Fulmarus glacialis is not a native bird to Ireland, although it is now resident here all year round having first been recorded on the island in 1911. It is similar in size to a seagull but is a member of the tubenose family or procellariids, more commonly known as petrels. It spends much time gliding, as it was…
The weather has been marvellous over the past week in Ireland, although some cold air has arrived to bring frost but at least no snow. Here, on a journey through one of Ireland's most scenic counties - Tipperary, I drove along the scenic road to a famous viewpoint known as The Vee to photograph the view of the Galty or…
Little bunches of daffodils in a stone wall field in the west of Ireland. Each bunch looks about the right size to make a perfect gift of flowers, ready to cut straight from the field. Daffodils are so colourful at this time of year. Just out of sight some sheep grazed in the corner of the stone walls, keeping the…
March 2022 has seen many changes in Ireland, there are now no public health measures in place in order to mitigate against COVID-19. This has allowed people to attend large sporting events, music concerts and to travel through Ireland with no forms to fill in - the useless Passenger Locator Form is gone, unfortunately the mask-mandate has gone too meaning…
After photographing a concert in Dublin this week, I headed out through the city centre to photograph some more before making my way home. It was a cold evening and dark by the time I was along the River Liffey, in the distance I could see the Convention Centre and Samuel Beckett bridge lit up in green for Saint Patrick's…
2022 sees the return of Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and festivities here in Ireland with 2020 and 2021 having seen cancellations due to COVID-19. Usually March 17th is the holiday but for 2022 the government has created a new public holiday which this year falls on March 18th to make a double holiday. From 2023 onwards that new holiday will…
Wednesday, 09 March 2022 16:12

Snow in Ireland, March 2022

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Snow has finally arrived, the 9th of March 2022 and a decent amount too but it is unlikely to last for long. Ireland has been under a weather warning for wind, rain and snow over the past two days. When this snow melts, expect flooding. For now, the landscape is quiet and the colour of the countryside is temporarily changed…
Thursday, 24 February 2022 14:03

A Little Dusting of Snow in Ireland

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After my last post mentioning the lack of snow thus far in winter 2021-2022, a vista of fresh snowfall in Ireland, the green of the Irish countryside whitened for a short time. In places, particularly the northwest of the country, enough snow fell to make travel hazardous but further south and east there was only a dusting of snow as…
Thursday, 27 January 2022 21:07

Ireland Reopens - January 2022

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January 2022 has seen some big changes in Ireland compared with much of the past two years. There are now no restrictions on availing of hospitality, travel and tourism in Ireland, visitors who have received Covid-19 vaccines can enter the country without a test, and those who are not can use a negative test to gain entry. Once here, there…
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