Clouds & Kayaks, Achill Island

THE clouds do strange things on Achill Island. There’s probably a very simple meteorological explanation. But I’m just happy to appreciate it and photograph the results when the opportunity arises. As well as being the largest island off the Irish coast, Achill is also the most beautiful. On a sunny day, it’s simply an exhilarating place to be. You never …

Classiebawn Castle #1

Fans of the Netflix series The Crown may not be aware of the British Royals tragic connection with the eerily majestic Classiebawn Castle in Mullaghmore, County Sligo. Classiebawn sits in one of the most spectacular locations in Ireland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and in the shadow of the mighty Ben Bulben. From 1950 for nearly three decades, the castle was …

Toormore Dolmen #2

Quite a different image of the altar wedge tomb overlooking Toormore Bay in West Cork which is said to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age – making it around 4,500 years old. As the name indicates, it was originally a pre-historic burial site. But during the period of the Penal Laws in the 16th and 17th centuries …

Mare and Foal

What can I say – cuteness overload! For reasons that don’t require explanation, this is one of the most popular images in my entire portfolio. This charming shot presented itself to me during a family visit to Westport House in County Mayo. The mare and her foal were more interested in eating than in having their picture taken. But for …

Ben Bulben

Ben Bulben is probably Ireland’s most distinctive mountain. Geologists will tell you that it was formed during the Ice Age. Moving glaciers cut into the earth, creating layers of limestone, mudstone and shale that ultimately became the iconic landmark we see today. But Ben Bulben’s majestic presence is so much greater than the sum of its constituent parts. At 526 …

Deirbhle’s Twist, County Mayo

This spectacular arrangement of granite standing stones overlooks the Atlantic Ocean on the windswept southern tip of the Belmullet Peninsula in County Mayo. They look like they have stood guard there since pre-historic times. But in fact they were erected in 1993 as part of the North Mayo Sculpture Trail. Deirbhle’s Twist is the work of pioneering Offaly sculptor Michael …

Classiebawn Castle #2

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Céide Fields, Mayo

Céide Fields on the north coast of County Mayo has been described as the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. During the 1930s, local turf cutters became aware of large numbers of stones in regular formations deep beneath the bog. Modern excavations revealed an enormous and complex network of walled fields, dwelling areas and neolithic tombs dating back …