Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year from Ireland, Full Moon

Happy New year to all, wishing you all a prosperous New Year.
Full Moon* Brackloon Kiltullagh

* to read some of the full moon Myths and superstitions click here

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy Christmas and all the best for 2010, Kiltullagh Galway

This I took yesterday afternoon but I thought it was lost, this was Brackloon Christmas day before the thaw. Temperatures reached -8 Celcius that is very cold for this side of the world, it might be a warm day elsewhere, eg see here for White Xmas, it pretty much causes the country to come to a slowdown.
This picture was taken from my kitchen window, before someone mentions my horizons not taken straight, there is a slight hill.

Then we had a thaw and rain yesterday


A view this morning, its dark, grey, freezing cold and miserable, the rain we had last night has frozen and the roads are now frozen again, YAY :(.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Frosty morning Galway

A cold frosty morning, real Brass Monkey weather.



Sunday, December 20, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Kilkenny Castle Sunrise

Kilkenny Castle is the centre of the City of Kilkenny, the first castle was built by the Anglo-Norman Leader 'Strongbow' Richard de Clare. He played a leading role in the Norman invasion in Ireland, he had the most success as he was not just a soldier but also a politician. He married the Aoife (ee-fa)the daughter of the King of Leinster and on the death of her Father succeeded him.

These shots were taken at the back of the Castle from the Canal.






Just after sunrise, I would have taken some more pictures as it is a stunning Castle and open to the public but alas I had work to do.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Little River side Park, Dromohair, Co. Leitrim

This horse grazing in the flood plain of a river feeding into the Shannon caught my eye this evening.






Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Epic Sunrise Cooley Mountains, near Carlingford loch, Co. Louth

This was my view driving over the Cooley mountains this morning, after this the day disintegrated into a grey miserable day. The Sunrise made it worthwhile though.
Taken with my phone !




Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Last Pictures of floods in Ireland....Hopefully!

We have had the wettest November since records began, with 100mm or 4 inches of rain on 2 of the wettest days. The ground was already saturated, so there was nowhere for the water to flow, thence a lot of floods. The rain has stopped in the west, the sun has come out, but in places floods remain and some peoples lives have been turned upside down. I did not take any pictures of those because there is enough of that in the news and in the papers, for a while the sun came out while I was travelling. I use the word hopefully because the rain has eased of at the moment.








Thursday, November 19, 2009

Floods in Galway,an Irish winter

When we were in school we learned in Geography that Irish weather was mild moist and changeable, as you can see it was more than moist today and yesterday. The funniest thing though that I have seen is a guy in an agricultural tractor driving people back and forth to the pub. Meanwhile elsewhere a guy I am not sure if he said his name was Noel or Noah is gathering animal's of every variety.
the pictures were taken through a rain soaked windscreen so forgive the quality.
Kiltullagh old road in the foreground with Kiltullagh Castle nearly surrounded


Ballyfa this afternoon


Kilconieron Austin DB9 stuck in flood, he almost made it.


Kiltullagh the turlough had burst over ther wall, a brave soul tries to get through, I turned back but got stuck later :(, back on the road again :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Kilcash Castle and Church, Co Tipperary

One of the first Irish poems that was put to music, that we learned in school was about this castle. It sounds better in Irish language, it is about Lady Iveagh of the Butler family, this was one of the last seats of the Butler family of Tipperary. The poem is about the sad demise of this home.
Now what will we do for timber, with the last of the woods laid low?
There's no talk of Cill Chais or its household and its bell will be struck no more.
That dwelling where lived the good lady most honoured and joyous of women
earls made their way over wave there and the sweet Mass once was said.











Old buildings on the castle grounds


The old Church, I had to shoot all the pictures tight, because of restoration work








Saturday, November 14, 2009

Knocknarea, Queen Medb's burial mound, Co Sligo.



Knocknarea mountain is supposed to be the final resting place of the Warrior Queen Medb (Maeve), this was taken from across the bay in Rosses point. On the top the what looks like a pimple is a burial mound 55 meters wide and 10m in height making it one of the biggest burial mounds in Ireland, outside of the Boyne Valley.

Before we changed over to the Euro currency, this was the Irish 1 Punt (Pound) note. the woman represented was Queen Medb

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Under bare Ben Bulbens head, Co Sligo



Under bare Ben Bulben's head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid

These shots are taken just north of  Drumcliff where W.B. Yeats is buried, those words were part  of the poem Under Ben Bulben. I know I have taken pics of it before but it is a striking mountain, the way it shoot straight up sharply.
A shot from the foot looking out to the sea

As most people see it looking east

The other side of the mountain looking west

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Milford Mills county Carlow

This mill was set up in 1790 by the Alexander family and by 1830 it had a turnover of nearly £200,000, amzing in that the buildings and land were valued in 1853 at £370(not including machinery). It had both an 18 foot and a 22 foot wheel making it one of the largest and most powerful mills in Great Britain and Ireland at the time. In 1862 it was turning out 40 to 50 thousand bags of flour a year when disaster struck. Fire struck in November destroying most of the machinery and a several thousand bags of wheat, but leaving the contents of the office. The fire is thought to have started by a spark of the grinding wheel and burned for several days, it was seen in Carlow town nearly 7 Kilometers away.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gods Country revsited, Co Donegal.

The first picture is just outside Loughanure

This was taken further along the N56 I think at Dunfanaghy.