Bettystown Beach, Summer 2020

The coastline of County Meath is just seven miles long – but it is unique in being almost entirely beach. People in the adjoining villages of Laytown, Bettystown and Mornington share this wonderful shoreline with many thousands of visitors throughout the year. But 2020 has been different – and not just because of Covid19. This year, following much local debate, …

April Sunrise, Irish Sea

A truly spectacular sunrise over the Irish Sea photographed from the promenade at Laytown. It was 6.28am, a time of day to which I usually have a natural aversion. But it’s worth making the effort sometimes. In fact, because of the Covid travel restrictions, there was almost nobody else around to witness it. (I should point out, lest there be …

Voyager

Voyager, a ten-foot bronze sculpture by the internationally acclaimed artist Linda Brunker, greets the rising sun on the promenade at Laytown. The intricately-wrought work which gazes eastwards over the Irish Sea has become synonymous with the village since it was installed in 2004. A slightly earlier version of Voyager has, since 2002, been facing in a westerly direction towards the …

The Maiden’s Tower

The Maiden’s Tower at the mouth of the River Boyne is the defining landmark of the tiny seven-mile coastline of Co Meath. It is said to have got its name from the fact that it was built during the reign of Elizabeth I – the so-called Virgin Queen – from 1558 to 1603. Historical records show that the tower was …

Wild Irish Sunset

I captured this massive explosion of colour and energy through my back window on a wild and fiery November evening. Heavy rain sweeping in from the Irish Sea was already pounding off the glass, hence that lovely impressionistic  texture on the foilage. The drama was over almost as quickly as it began. Moments later, the vibrant sunset was obliterated by …

Cooley Skyline At Sunset

Should this image be classified under County Louth or County Meath? What we see is a stunning palette of subtle colours on a balmy August evening as the sun sinks behind the Cooley Mountains in County Louth. However, this wonderful view was shot from much further down the coast at the seafront in Laytown in County Meath. Does it matter? …

Nanny Cottage, Laytown

The Nanny Cottage at Laytown, County Meath, has stood for longer than anyone can remember at the spot where the River Nanny meets the Irish Sea.  It has withstood everything the Irish weather can throw at it – even on days when the gulls are being blown out of the sky. Image available in large display sizes and for licensing …

Visual Music

“There is nothing,” said Claude Debussy, “more musical than a sunset.” And there is music aplenty as these antique-style street lights combine with a rich evening sky to create a subtle and delicate balance of colour and tone. And to the astonishment of many who have seen this image and know the area, it is in fact Laytown, County Meath. …