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, …

Old Town Skyline, Drogheda

The town of Drogheda, County Louth, is dotted with historical buildings and landmarks – more than most Irish towns of its size. This silhouette image of the municipal skyline features two such structures. In the centre is the Tholsel, constructed in 1770, with its distinctive domed clock tower. To the right is St Peter’s Church of Ireland which dates back …

Mornington Beach

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, County Meath. It was 6.28am, a time of day to which I usually have a natural aversion. But it’s worth making the effort sometimes. Covid travel restrictions then in force meant I had this stunning scenario almost entirely to myself. Image also available in large display …

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 …

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 …

Wave Up To The Shore #1

“Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “Like a wave up to the shore. Like a river into the sea” – Luka Bloom (song lyric). This image was shot in late December at Bettystown Beach, County Meath, with a backdrop of the glorious …