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, …

Lupins In June

According to an article by gardening expert Diarmuid Gavin, Lupins are sometimes regarded by the cognoscenti as being “a little cheesy”. Thankfully, however, they have undergone some critical re-evaluation in recent years, so it’s now cool to like them again. We’ve got several fine specimens on our back garden, including this one here backlit by the evening sun. Prints of …

Beach Haus, Bettystown

Commanding one of the finest views over Bettystown beach is this striking architectural creation. It’s fair to say that the Beach Haus – so called because of its echoes of the Bauhaus style of design – divides local opinion. There are some who feel it is entirely out of character for the area. And there are others who love the …

Covid Tulips

Covid has dominated our year. But the sun still shines and beauty still flourishes in flower beds and gardens all over the world. Those of us who can enjoy small pleasures such as this are indeed among the most fortunate ones.

April Sunrise, Irish Sea

A truly spectacular sunrise over the Irish Sea photographed from the promenade at Laytown. It was 6.28am, a time of day to which I usually have a natural aversion. But it’s worth making the effort sometimes. In fact, because of the Covid travel restrictions, there was almost nobody else around to witness it. (I should point out, lest there be …

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 …

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 …