Summer Rainbow, The Burren

I’ve posted this image on a dreary winter day when Ireland was lashed by gales and torrential rain – to remind myself that we also have lovely soft summer days in this country with sun showers and rainbows.

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 …

Poulnabrone Rainbow

Irish weather can be a fickle creature. It’s not that unusual to experience sunshine and rain together in the one place at the same time – particularly in the summer. But to witness a fleeting rainbow over a sunlit Neolithic monument estimated to be at least 5,000 years old was a bit special. Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren in County …

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 at 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 …

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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Green Irish Fields

There’s a reason why Ireland’s national colour is green. It’s all around us. The late great Johnny Cash once wrote an unforgivably sentimental song calculating that it comes in forty different shades. There’s not quite forty in this image from County Laois, but you get the idea.