Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunset Cloonshecahill

I have posted pictures of this Faerie tree before here and here, read below how the faeries got there(readers digest version). 
The Tuatha De Dannan were semi gods and the representation of civilization and culture, their last battle was against the Mileseans or followers of Mil Espaine (soldier of Spain), these were not Spanish but Celts that had traveled through Europe to the Iberian peninsula and were of Mils tribe. He was foretold that he would be King of Ireland and he defeated the Tuatha De Dannan, As part of the truce they agreed that Ireland would be divided up between them and it was the task of the Mileseans to divide the country. In a clever stroke they partitioned such that the Mileseans would have domain over the ground and the Tuatha de Dannan would have all that is underground. After the battle as part of the terms of surrender they had to go to the otherworld, each Tuath de Dannan chief got his own mound. Obviously a small chief got this one :) Now the boring bit, Recently it has been proven using DNA that the first people to land on the Island of Ireland were not from the nearest landmass England, but from the Basque region and the DNA traits along the western coast of Ireland which was less diluted than in the east is similar to that from the Basque region. So there is some truth buried in the Myth.

Sunrise Athenry

Forgive the quality and reflection in the foreground this was taken by my phone last week from the 3rd floor of our new office last week. The trees in the foreground are at the edge of the railway track and blocks of the buildings in the background.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Cloonshecahill Ireland

This is the only pic I have taken today one of the little birds that comes to feed, when my father was alive he would watch them for ages and sit with a contented smile on his face I would like to wish anyone who looks at these photo's a happy holiday and thanks for all the nice comments.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Before Sunset, Navan , Co Meath

Reminded me of something Findabair said about a sunrise "looks like someone took a knife and slashed through heaven, leaving some rifts to let the light down through" . It was nicer than what I could have put here.

Trees along the road Navan County Meath

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Old cottage Drumcondra, County Meath

Sunset Drumcondra County Meath

All these were taken around what appears to be a burial mound (I might be wrong*) on the road from Kells to Ardee, these are just inside the Meath border.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sunset Kells, Co Meath

The death-bed of a day, Bailey

Tower of llyod, Kells, Co Meath

The tower of Llyod is built on commonage just 3km north of Kells county Meath, it was designed by Henry Aaron Baker for the First Earl of Bective in memory of his father Sir Thomas Taylor in 1791. There are different ideas on the purpose, for some it was built as a folly at a time in Ireland to provide money for the people after the first great famine. For others as a look out tower to view the local events, from this point on a clear day you can see the witches peak in Oldcastle to the west , the mountains of Antrim to the North and the hills beside the sea (including Fourknocks passage grave) to the East.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Frost and Fog County Offaly.

Someone teased me about having 2 postings of one object. Here is the same scene taken over the space of an hour or so. I liked the silhouette of the trees against the fog and the frosted ground. These were taken near Bluebell cross in Offaly yesterday.

Old cottage Kilkenny

Forgot to add this last week, I liked the way the ivy has consumed this old cottage

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Daybreak near Athlone

This is what I saw after getting my coffee, this morning. This was the same spot as the picture of the moon eclipsing venus was taken yesterday .

Monday, December 1, 2008

Occultation of the planet Venus by the Moon

After the moon had passed Venus this evening Ballinasloe

Ballynahown sculpture at sunsset

Kilkenny frosty dawn