Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kerry Coast

A few shots along the coast of Kerry
Click on panorama shot for better view
 Inch Beach during the height of the summer, but in its defence it was a horrible day.Its a sand spit that spreads over 4 kilometers into the dingle peninsula and is popular with surfers.
This beach was made famous by the film Ryans Daughter, where they built a village nearby on a mountain, that was taken apart after the film was over.
 Taken beside Beehive huts which will be in the next batch

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Staigue Ringfort, Sneem Co. Kerry.

Staigue Fort is about 2500 years old, it has walls up to 6 metres high and four metres thick at the base. There is evidence that the walls supported timber buildings.
A view out the front door
A panoramic shot from on top of the wall, click on it to enlarge if you look to the left beside the kid you will see the little storage area built into the wall.
Click on the picture to see better
Again an appearance being made by our Norwegian friend, in the picture you can see the steps to climb the walls.
The view from the top,
Close by the stream where they would get fresh water.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Killarney to Kenmare last in series

These are the last in the Killarney to Kenmare section of  the ring of Kerry.
Ckick on this panorama shot for better view
This little spot where we had out picnic, its a tough life.
This should have appeared in last set

Monday, September 27, 2010

Killarney to Kenmare

Shots of the river that joins the upper and middle lakes in Killarney National Park
This old guy hires out his boat to tour around the river.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ruin overlooking lakes of Killarney.

A little ruin just before 'Ladys view' when travelling from Killarney.
The view of from the ruin.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Roscrea, Highcross, church and roundtower

This is on the grounds of a monastery built in the 1200's, the High Cross is not the original but a replica.
A road now runs trough the remains of this monastery so the round tower is on the other side of the road. One of the beliefs that some historians held was that round towers like these were used as shelter from attacks from the Viking raiders, but more likely a safe place to keep the valuables rather than people as they would not have survived a long attack without food and water.
All thats left of the Romanesque church, with a modern day Viking checking it out, though no plundering was done. As can be seen the road was built right at the front door.
A close up of the front door carvings.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Gods Teardrops and Lady's view revisited

I only found out this year from another Norwegian (see her pictures here) fluent Irish speaker that Fuchsia Fuchsia magellanica in the Irish language is known as Deora Dé or Gods Teardrops.
Click on the picture blow to see panorama view

St. Stephens Green Dublin City

Up to the mid 1600's this was a marshy green area just outside Dublin city centre used for grazing. Then the city council decided to enclose it and turn it into a park and sell of the land to raise some money. Up until the 1880's it was exclusive to just the residents of the Square, the Guinness family updated its layout to its current design.
"In Gratitude for the help given to the German children by the Irish after world war II"
Yeats memorial

For Dublin can be heaven, With coffee at eleven
And a stroll in Stephen's Green,There's no need to hurry
There's no need to worry, You're a king and the lady's a queen
From the song  Dublin Saunter

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Molly Malone

In Dublin's fair city,where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow, Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!

This is the busty representation of the fictional character Molly Malone who came to sad end in the song dedicated to her. She has been made famous internationally by the amount of Irish bars around the world bearing her name, and was immortalised in bronze to celebrate the Millinium of Dublin. While many Dubliners believe her to be a real character that lived in the 1600's, there is no proof of this and the song was written 200 years after she died.
But the interesting thing about girls like her at that time, after it got dark the wares they sold on the street was often themselves, I will have more information on that later posted here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cascades of Ennistymon, Co Clare

Just a short trip from the Cliffs of Moher is the little town of Ennistymon, behind its main street it hides this little gem.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cliffs of Moher, revisited

More shots of the cliffs taken on two different days with two different Norwegians, for others click here, The first two are panoramic shots.
The Aran Islands in the background along with the Doolin cliff cruise boat
Changeable weather and a seagull flys by

Two shots with flowers for her who says I do not take enough pictures with flowers

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Stroll though Galway City

These were taken on a Stroll through the city on a Sunday Morning
First the statue of writers Oscar Wilde and Estonian Eduard Vilde in conversation, though they lived at the same time the two never met. This replica of one in Estonia and was presented to the people of Galway.
The swans lining up by the old mills, Galway Cathedral in the background.
Ironically close by on the street taxis are cueing in line too.

Reflection of an apartment block and an old bridge, close by to where Nora Barnacle was born. She was the lover,inspiration and eventual wife of James Joyce.
This reminded me of the Simpsons when the Oaps being promised 'the most duck filled pond'
These two were not ready for a dip just yet
Some shots along the river and the little canals
Our Norwegian Friend below taking pictures, keep an eye out for her thoughts on Ireland coming up.
Founded in 1845 the Quadrangle of University of Galway opened to 63 students in 1849. It was built as a replica of Christchurch in Oxford and was built during the famine as a relief to people suffering and give them some employment.

Our Norwegian buddy appears again

Sculpture depicting woman being liberated from inequality.

The Stump of a tree carved into the shape of a Salmon, during the Salmon fishing season there are always a few fishermen in the waters behind this.