Saturday, May 29, 2010

Birthplace of Barack Obama's GreatGreat Grandfather Fulmoth Kearney

Moneygall should have been one of those villages that people passed on the way from Dublin to Limerick  and would have been forgotten* when its bypassed in November but for one reason, its the birthplace of Barrack Obama's ancestors. There is nothing that would make you want to stop, no where to stay, no Petrol(Gas) station, nowhere decent to eat(theres a "Deli" that makes any type of roll as long as it contains ham or cheese and only instant coffee) and nowhere to stay if you wanted to. Baracks GreatGreatGreat Grandfather Joseph was a shoemaker in the village and his son Fulmoth left these shores in 1850 at the age of 19 for New York. There is no physical link as in a grave or a house etc unlike Kilkenny , but the landscape was quite nice last week. 
These pictures were not all taken on the one day and were taken at different times, hence the difference in clouds and sky colour. First a panorama shot of the landscape, this is on the Laois side of Moneygall. Open the picture to get a better view

If you opened the top pic you might have noticed this little tower.

A closeup of the tower.

Another again, I liked this shot with the contrast of the Whitethorn the grass etc

A graveyard on the hillside.

This was taken around six in the morning, it was like the two cows were playing King of the Castle. The mound is the same one thats in the picture above taken later in the day.

A Panorama view of the other side. Open for a better view

I liked this shot of the horses lying around in the midday heat (we had some sun in Ireland this week). As you can see the Whitethorn is in full bloom, its nice to drive slowly past the hedgerows with the window down to get the aroma.

* Thanks to Mr Obama this village with nothing in it got direct access to the motorway and no doubt there will be places to stay and eat so they can overcharge tourists, Sorry to people from Monygall but I hope tourists get better treatment than I got while working there.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Buttevent-Doneraile Co Cork

This is between Buttevent and Doneraile in Cork where the first recorded  Steeplechase took place
In case that you didn't spot them in the first picture a close up of the Swans.

*Sorry that I have not put anything up but unfortunately/thankfully I have been crazy buzy at work these days.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Doonbeg Castle remains, county Clare

Doonbeg gets its name from this spot, it means small fort on which spot this castle was built, in the 16th Century for the Earl of Thomond, Daniel O'Brien. But it was seized in 1585 by Turlough McMahon, he died 10 years later after a long siege where the OBriens seized the castle and hung the entire garrison back to back! O'Brien who supported Queen Elizabeth was given McMahons lands and the castle.
Even though it lacked gables in 1893, people still lived in parts of it up to 1930. The mossy covered upper floor was used by locals as a picnic spot with its private location and views of the sea.

Cloudscapes, Shannon Estuary Co Clare

I bring fresh showers for the thirsting flowers, from the seas and the streams, I bear light shade for the leaves when laid in their noonday dreams. Shelley, The Clouds
This was taken near Labasheeda
This was taken near the Killimer ferry

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Lispole DIngle Peninsula, Kerry

This shot taken from Lispole wwith the shadows running across the mountain.
A panorama shot of the same range

the back of the pub near Lispole an old telephone kiosk

A closer view

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ring of Kerry, revisited

The Ring of Kerry like Connemara is one of the places in Ireland where you could spend your life taking photos and not run out of landscape, you could stop literally anywhere and get a great picture,
the first one is taken near Molls Gap is a panorama shot so open to get a better idea
A single shot of one of the lake
Tonight I stayed here, the Sneem hotel, this is the view from the bar and restaurant
the short walk from the hotel along the sea
some guys out rowing 
the things I have to endure

Friday, May 14, 2010

Dingle bay, Kerry

This is a view of the northern stretch of the Ring of Kerry from the Dingle Peninsula.
sorry that I have been quiet of late just been too busy to take pictures

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Monday, May 3, 2010

Old Friary graveyard Stradbally Co Laois

I have passed this spot hundreds of times but seldom had the time to get pictures, these were taken a week ago at sunset. This dates from the 16th Century.
Not sure who's burial place this was I haven't traced it yet.
I liked this one of the Angel holding flowers

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Brackloon Sunset

Cloudy Sunset over two evenings