Newgrange Pastoral

Bright tillage fields and sheep grazing contentedly on green pastures near the 5,000-year-old passage tomb at Bru Na Boinne, also known as Newgrange. This UNESCO World Heritage monument, which is older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids at Giza, attracts close to 200,000 visitors annually – prior to Covid, of course. It’s tempting to imagine that this is a scene which …

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, 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 …

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 …

Dunes & Sky, Mornington

The estuary of the River Boyne is an officially designated environmental special protection area. This takes in the substantial expanse of dunes with their numerous criss-crossing pathways that stretch from Mornington to the neighbouring village of Bettystown. Here a bright January afternoon sun enhances the detail in the marram grass which, in turn, is nicely balanced by a lively little …