Henry McCullough, Musician

Henry McCullough had the distinction of being the only Irish musician to play at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969. As Joe Cocker’s guitarist, he featured in one of the most memorable performances of the entire event – Cocker’s mighty rendition of A Little Help From My Friends.  I had the pleasure of doing a lengthy interview with Henry on …

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 …

Classiebawn Castle #2

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Toormore Dolmen #1

The ancient stones of Toormore Dolmen are dramatically lit by the last rays of the setting sun out over the Atlantic horizon. While the world changed and empires rose and fell, this timeless scene has remained unchanged for around 4,500 years. The construction you see here is an altar wedge tomb which overlooks the beautiful Toormore Bay in West Cork. …

Healy Pass, Beara Peninsula

Religion is no longer the social force it once was in Ireland. But remnants of the country’s once dominant Catholic heritage can still be seen on some Irish roadsides. None is more spectacularly located than the crucifixion scene at the 300m summit of the Healy Pass on the border between counties Cork and Kerry. Take the winding R574 mountain road …

Old Mellifont Abbey

The ruins of Mellifont Abbey in County Louth are rich in Irish Christian history. Founded in 1142 by Saint Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, it was the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland – built in the formal style of French Cistercian abbeys. At its peak, it had one hundred monks and three hundred lay brothers. It survived for more than four …

Boyne Viaduct, Drogheda

The town of Drogheda has many notable historical landmarks, of which the Boyne Viaduct with its fifteen stone arches is a relatively recent arrival. Construction began in 1853 and lasted some two years. At the time, it was only the seventh bridge of its kind in the world. The Viaduct carries the main Dublin-Belfast railway line. Prior to its opening, …

Icarus Was A Seagull

Fog can be magical, mysterious, atmospheric and sometimes eerie. This heavy November sea fog sweeping in from the Irish Sea at Bettystown completely filtered out the sun’s rays, revealing it as a perfect sphere.. The seagulls restlessly flapping about on the roof of the nearby supermarket building added the poetry. Fog can be wonderful.