Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monasterboice, Co Louth

Monasterboice is a famous 14th century Christian settlement, it is more famous for its collection of Celtic high crosses. High Crosses originated in Ireland and were brought to Scotland , England and to mainland Europe by Irish Monks. This is regarded as the finest collection and contains Muiredachs which at 5.5metres is regarded as having the finest example of carvings of this religious art form. This round tower was built in the 10th Century and though there is argument on purpose of design it is generally thought that it served as a bell tower and a place of refuge from the Vikings. The doorway was usually well above ground, this one was too but layers of soil have built up over the years to lower this door. Round towers are predominantly Irish, tho' there are 3 in Scotland and one in the Isle of Man, another example of one I have posted is here, is in Galway. Muiredachs Cross, with the tower in the background

Canal Dublin City

Leafy-with-love banks and the green waters of the canal Pouring redemption for me, that I do The will of God, wallow in the habitual, the banal, Grow with nature again as before I grew. Patrick Kavanagh

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ice cabin Lismore, Co Waterford.

I know that I have posted pictures of Lismore a few times that is why I never put up these. I was walking along the road from the bridge towards the Golf club when I noticed this curious building on the side of the road There was not much in the front part but I noticed that the were windows to something so I wandered thro the thicket and saw this gate I could not see much. However the Flash from my camera highlighted a room with a passage. This led to another gate hidden in the bushes and again it was dark inside but there appeared to be a void. putting the camera thro the bars of the door and as you can see there was a this circular pit with a ladder. I imagined if I was a kid and I came across this what it would be, a dungeon for prisoners from the castle across the road, but I found out in the guest house that it was only an ice house.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Evening sky Galway

Nice view to have a cup of coffee outside after a days work

Light at the end of the road

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tyrone Cattle,

As per a request to post the tenth photo from my first folder and tell the story by a nuisance. I don't have my laptop with me and the only folder I had was from my SD card. As the header this site says my job takes me all over Ireland, this week I am in Tyrone in Northern Ireland. When I have time I take pictures of scenery or whatever catches my eye, however I have not had much of a chance to get many pictures this week as I have been kept busy. This was taken today as I was parked today on the side of the road sipping bad coffee, looking at a traffic tail-back(caused by me). Something about this scene beside me caught my eye, I am not sure if I was going to post this, I think its missing something like an old man looking wistfully into the distance chewing a blade of grass. But my obligation has been fulfilled and a picture that would not have seen the light of day got posted!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dirt Track Tyrone.

This is the only picture I had time to take in Tyrone, where I was working I stopped by this dirt track to have a coffee. There is some fantastic scenery in this area hopefully I will get some pics this week when I am back.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cong Abbey, Co Mayo.

This is a little fishing hut where the monks used to fish, the water flows underneath so they would not get cold in the winter. A view through the trees Another view through the trees a view of the old cloisters a view of the old church across the way from the abbey the gable against the sunlight An old Irish high cross with the abbey in the background

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sutton Dublin

These shots are panorama shots combining 3 pictures*, all are taken from Sutton in Dublin. The first is taken looking north to Howth head one of the most expensive areas in Ireland to own a house, middle is a view of Dublin bay, last is looking south towards Marino in Dublin *These were taken with my phone, sorry for the quality, you might have to open them to get a better view.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

Small towns and built up places, Ireland

Someone teased me that I take pictures only of old buildings and country side, there is not that much architecture in most of Ireland besides old buildings, All towns look somewhat similar, there are differences but mostly the streets are similar with older two and three story buildings with shops at the bass that takes away the character. The title is part of an Irish expression, used jokingly in answer to some unusual story, 'Sure what would you expect in small towns and built up areas' The first picture is an example of a main street in an Irish town, there is a square at the end of this street, some are wider, some have green areas. A street in a village on a rural road A street in village on a national secondary route. These pictures where taken through a windscreen which is why the quality is so bad.

Thursday, June 4, 2009