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 the summer home of the Queen’s cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten, who enjoyed boating and fishing from the nearby picturesque harbour with family and friends.
But as we all know, he and three others were murdered by an IRA bomb in that very harbour on a pleasant sunny morning in August 1979.
When I shot this image, Ben Bulben was mostly obscured by late evening cloud, creating a haunting and quite dramatic effect.
Classiebawn has a different owner now. But the Mountbatten coat of arms remains on the entrance gate.
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