Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shannon Estuary near Kilkee Co Clare

Waitin on a Sunny Day
Rocky Beach

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Carrigaholt Castle, Loop head Co Clare

The castle was built in late 1400's by the McMahons chiefs of the Peninsula who were descendents of the the King of Munster. 
The castle was occupied by Teige Caech "the short sighted" McMahon in September 1588 when seven ships of the Spanish Armada anchored at Carrigaholt. Although aid was refused by the McMahons, the castle was nonetheless unsuccessfully besieged shortly afterwards by Sir Conyers Clifford (Governor of Connaught). 
View from the wall
The following year the renegade fourth Earl of Thomond Donagh O'Brien captured it after a four-day siege and, in breach of the surrender terms, hanged all the defenders. 
Ownership then passed to the Earl's brother Donal O'Brien, who was responsible for inserting many of the castle's windows as well as the fireplace on the fifth floor, which bears the date 1603. Donal's grandson was the celebrated third Viscount Clare who resided at Carrigaholt and raised a regiment of horses known as the "Yellow Dragoons" for the House of Stuart King James II of England's armies. After the forfeiture of his extensive 89 square mile estate by the Williamites, the castle was acquired by the Burton family.
The castle today is under the care of the Office of Public Works. All that remains is a shell of its former nobility. The Burton Family were the last inhabitants and left it in the late 19th century

Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary

For the history and more photos click here


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marriage Equality Castle Mural, Galway

Roscommon artist Joe Caslin, who previously installed a large mural which features on todays NY Times front page of two young men embracing at the corner of South Great George’s Street in Dublin, has added a 50 foot second mural to his project, inspired by Frederic William Burton’s painting The Meeting on the Turret Stairs.
for more see this click here to see Irish Times Article

Old church and graveyard, Kilcolgan Co. Galway

Thr remains of this church and graveyard are just outside the village of Kilcolgan. These pics were taken at the start of April when the daffodils were still in bloom.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prince Charles visit. Mullaghmore sligo

This picturesque spot is one of the spots where Prince Charles will visit today overlooking the spot where his great Uncle was killed by IRA. Lord Mountbatten his 14 year old twin grandson a 15 year old local boy and an 82 year old Baroness all died as a result of a bomb placed in a boat by the IRA in 1979

Monday, May 18, 2015

Kilkee Cliffs Co Clare

A few shots of Cliffs along the coast taken between Kilkee on and Loop head lighthouse.
Loop Head Lighthouse

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Furbo, Cashla, Camus, Rosmuc & Maam, Connemara April 2015

Photo's taken at end of April in Connemara.
Furbo
 Cashla
 Cashla tide out
 Camus
 Rosmuc
 Fishermans shelter between Rosmuc and Maam
 between Rosmuc and Maam

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ballinalacken Castle, Sea views and Ghost. Co Clare.

On the site of this Castle the O Connor Clan had a stronghold dating back to the 10th century, the current castle is a two part built tower. The first part was built in the 14th century by the O Connors and in the 16th century the  castle was taken over by the O Briens and they added the second part. The Guest house on the site with its fantastic sea views and great food was built in 1840 by Lord O Brien and was taken over by the O Callaghans who open to the public for the Summer months.. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tipperary Hills

Hills between Nenagh and Borrisoleigh in County Tipperary.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Ruin on a hill, Tipperary

Ruin on a hill top just North of Borrisoleigh

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fertility Stone, April Amadán Festival

For hundreds of years pagans have whorshipped the Brackloon Fertility stone, with people travelling miles to get a rub of the relic. Every year during the April Amadán Festival people dance naked around it at midnight.*
*Please note date of posting April 1st ;-)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Eclipse Ireland 2015 Macroom Cork

Thanks to the cloud cover no special glasses were required