Dun Briste Sea Stack

Dun Briste (the Broken Fort) on the North Mayo coast is probably Ireland’s best known sea stack. It stands a full 45 metres high – slightly less than the distance between it and the mainland clifftop at Downpatrick Head. Dun Briste is described as a “relatively new” sea stack in that it separated from the mainland as recently as 1393. …

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 …

Keem Beach Rocks

Let nobody be in any doubt – Keem Beach at the far end of Achill Island is one of the most spectacular coastal locations in all of Ireland. Many people would say it is THE most spectacular, and indeed beautiful. New visitors sometimes find the steep and winding narrow road a bit daunting. I have walked it and driven it, …

Blue Hour, Clew Bay

The Blue Hour is that short period of twilight in the morning and the evening when the rising sun is still below the horizon or shortly after sunset. The indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade. This is Clew Bay in County Mayo, on the Irish west coast, seen from the village of Mulranny on the northern shore. – …

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 …

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 …

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 …