It was high summer. the start of August and after photographing a river woodland I stopped to photograph this scene. In front of me, on this hot day in the Irish countryside, a long scene of distant heather-clad mountains with green lower slopes and a vast field of golden barley. A big sky filled with clouds allowed a little blue…
Thursday, 27 October 2022 21:16

Horseshoe House, Galway

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If you are travelling through the streets of Galway you may well spot this unusual house with its horseshoe-shaped windows. The quirky building was owned by horse-mad local man Michael Cunniss who spoke with Ireland's national broadcaster RTE in 1982. A man before his time, Michael complained to the RTE reporter about the "...smelly old cars going along the road..."…
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 23:41

City Quay, Dublin - Planning Permission Refused

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What would have been Dublin's tallest building, to be built on the former City Arts Centre, seen here above on the left - the red brick building, has been refused planning permission by Dublin City Council. In the image above the proposed building would continue out the top of the scene. Dublin City Council found that the proposed building would…
Tuesday, 04 October 2022 23:36

Green Roads, Red Berries in Ireland

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Green roads are a favourite place for Panoramic Ireland and what better time than late summer or autumn to visit these scenic conduits through the Irish countryside. Here red hawthorn berries, blackberries, ash trees, ivy and many other points of interest fill the scene in a rich scene from Ireland's west. What better place to visit on a cloudy day…
A mostly bright and sunny Electric Picnic, held in the grounds of Stradbally Hall in Ireland's County Laois in September annually, is now over until next year. I made the return to photograph at the largest festival in Ireland, this year the Picnic was back after missing 2020 and 2021. Seen here, enthusiastic fans watching Irish band The Coronas on…
Such a colourful scene as Cirsium vulgare, the common thistle, provides pollen for the brightly coloured red-tailed bumblebee or Bombus lapidarius in the Irish countryside. The red-tailed bumblebee is a common bee in Ireland although according to a 2006 NPWS report it was listed as near threatened. I could have sat and watched, and indeed photographed, these bees all day…
Sunday, 14 August 2022 23:12

Lightning Over the Church, Ireland

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The heatwave that has finally hit Ireland has now ended, with thunderstorms over the country. Temperatures exceeded 31C this week but as of Sunday night thunder and lightning is now the dominant weather. Here, lightning over one of Ireland's many fine church buildings.
The thistle Cirsium vulgare may be the national flower of Scotland, but they do also grow well in Ireland and Irish bumblebees such as this buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris enjoy the purple flowers in late summer. Seen here on a hot August day in 2022 in the south east of Ireland, where I found some at the edge of a…
Sunday, 07 August 2022 22:40

Meet Jack, Cork's Friendliest Cat

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Meet Jack the black cat, Cork's friendliest cat. Walking through Cork, before or after one of my Cork City photo tours I often take time to go out of my way and visit Jack, who will definitely appreciate it if you do indeed stop to say hi. Join me to photograph in Cork or somewhere else in Ireland.
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 22:41

Ash Tree, Ruins of an Old House

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This ash tree marks a little high point, a prominence at the entrance to a small enclosure, beside the ruins of an old stone thatched cottage. Only a few of the foundation stones remain here, the cottage long since tumbled but this impressive ash, estimated to be 140 years old, still stands and was probably a young tree when the…
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