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 …

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 …

Toormore Dolmen #2

Quite a different image of the altar wedge tomb overlooking Toormore Bay in West Cork which is said to date from the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age – making it around 4,500 years old. As the name indicates, it was originally a pre-historic burial site. But during the period of the Penal Laws in the 16th and 17th centuries …

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 …

Classiebawn Castle #2

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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 …

The Watchers

Trekking in the foothills of Ben Bulben in County Sligo on a gently overcast Sunday morning, we realised that we were being watched. They made sure to keep their distance. But they stayed around long enough to confirm that we posed no threat as they, unknown to themselves, posed for the camera. – SHOP HERE – Image also available in …

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. …