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 …

Mare and Foal

What can I say – cuteness overload! For reasons that don’t require explanation, this is one of the most popular images in my entire portfolio. This charming shot presented itself to me during a family visit to Westport House in County Mayo. The mare and her foal were more interested in eating than in having their picture taken. But for …

Classiebawn Castle #2

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All Roads Lead To…

On the border between Sligo and Leitrim, the undisputed king of the landscape is mighty Ben Bulben. This is how it looked from a nearby approach road on a damp, misty and overcast afternoon in early April. Even on the dullest days, its majestic presence dominates everything for miles around.

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. …