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 …

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 …

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 …

Wave Up To The Shore #2

A companion piece to the previous image. This was shot from an almost identical spot on Bettystown Beach also on a cold but beautifully calm afternoon in winter. Again the Mourne Mountains provide the dramatic backdrop. And as with the previous image, the title comes from one of my favourite songs written many years ago by the singer Barry Moore …

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. …