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Sunday, 30 September 2018 23:39

The Irish Graveyard in Colour

Graveyards in Ireland

The stereotype of graveyards often is that they are sombre, forlorn places but in Ireland, as indeed in many parts of the world, the graveyard is often a colourful place full of wildlife and of course most usually quiet.

Here is no exception, this small graveyard in County Tipperary shows traditional style crosses and headstones amongst bright grass under a blue sky.

Published in Guide
Saturday, 02 June 2018 10:11

The Irish Donkey

No journey through the west of Ireland can be complete without seeing one of the most characterful sights of the Irish countryside, the Irish Donkey.

Here on a recent photo tour by Panoramic Ireland, we sought out horses and donkeys.

It was a hot day and in a field of energetic donkeys this one stood, resting momentarily with sunshine and shadow.

During the 19th century and for much of the last century donkeys played a vital role in rural life, doing most of the heavy work on farms before mechanisation particularly on those farms where horses were too large for the small fields or expensive to keep.

Now there are few working donkeys in Ireland but there are many neglected Irish donkeys, as a result the Irish Donkey Sanctuary looks for suitable places all over Ireland to rehouse these long-eared friendly creatures.

And thankfully so, the Irish donkey is an essential component of rural life.

So keep an eye out for the long ears sticking up over a stone wall or the loud braying sounding throughout the countryside.

Why not join me on a photography tour in the west of Ireland?

Published in Photo Tours
Thursday, 29 March 2018 17:34

Good Friday in Ireland

The Irish pub, scene of many a good evening but traditionally not on Good Friday one of only two days of the year when pubs are not allowed to open in Ireland - until now.

2018 sees the end of the ban on pubs opening on Good Friday due to the amendment of a law from 1927.

Published in Guide
Tuesday, 09 January 2018 22:50

Ireland in Winter - Above the Snowline

Slievenamon - above the snow line in winter


Braving the elements on a cold winter's day we climbed up Slievenamon, a 720m-high mountain in Ireland's Ancient East and part of the scenic Munster Vales region.

Starting along the scenic lanes we walked through green fields past pine forest with views along the Suir Valley towards the Knockmealdown, Comeragh and Galtee Mountains.

At the top it was a white and blue sky winter wonderland with iced snow coating everything, it was cold and the strong north easterly wind made it feel even colder.

Here is an image from the top of the sun and that wintry scene.

More to come on this adventure, why not join me on my next outing to learn how to photograph Irish landscapes.

For more on photography tours and workshops in Ireland contact me.

Published in Photo Tours
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 00:33

Field of Potatoes

At this time of year cloudy skies are not that common but fields of green potatoes are.

Ireland is of course the land most commonly associated with potatoes and in the summer green leaves and white flowers of potatoes provide a carpet across much of the Irish countryside.

Join Panoramic Ireland, that's me by the way, and visit the Irish countryside to learn more about the Emerald Isle and how to photograph better.

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Friday, 19 February 2016 21:29

Snow in Co. Kerry, as seen from Dingle

There can be few places in Ireland as scenic as the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland's and Europe's most westerly point. And of course it sits on the Wild Atlantic Way.

It had been a while since I visited the rugged, mountain-filled land of rocks and beaches and a photography workshop with Patrick from Chicago was the obvious place to head to.

Published in Photo Tours
Sunday, 29 November -0001 23:34

The Panoramic Ireland Review of 2014 in Images

I have started my review of 2014 in images over on another section of the site.

Last year saw me visit many counties, cover the Wild Atlantic Way and write articles on the Antrim Coast's Game of Thrones connection and street art in Dublin as well as Belfast's peace walls - now a focal point for community based art.

Published in Guide
Friday, 30 November 2001 00:00

Workshop in the Woods of the West of Ireland

Mayo and Galway - my favourite part of the west of Ireland, is it yours?

I have written recently about leading photo tours in the west of Ireland and it being one of my favourite places on the island of Ireland. By the west of Ireland in this case I mean Galway and Mayo as distinct from the southwest which is Cork and Kerry or the northwest which comprises Donegal and Sligo.

Galway is Ireland's second largest county after Cork and Co. Mayo isn't small either. Driving across both of these counties you really do get a feel for their large size. The differing landscapes between Ballinasloe in the east of Co. Galway and Clifden, capital of Connemara in the west are obvious to the traveller.

Published in Photo Tours
Sunday, 29 November -0001 23:34

Another morning, another sunrise

Dublin Photo Tours at the Coast

Leading photo tours around Dublin is interesting and often challenging, there are no two days the same. Despite visiting the same locations over and over again, it's hard to become tired of it. 

Published in Photo Tours
Sunday, 29 November -0001 23:34

Some Wildflowers of the Irish Bog Landscape

Irish Bogs

Irish bogs are interesting places, sometimes thought of as barren wasteground and fit only for cutting for fuel or conversion to forest, they cover approximately 12,000km2 of the country.

Two types of bog are found in Ireland, blanket bog and raised bog.

Published in Miscellaneous
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