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, …

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 …

No Cars Beyond This Point

Self-explanatory, really, this one. If the beach is disappearing beneath a surging storm tide, it’s probably best not to drive your car past the sign.

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 …

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 …