Saturday, May 30, 2015

Old bridge at Windy Gap Mayo

 Just before Windy gap north of Castlebar 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Little river divides a country, Leitrim Fermanagh Border

This little river is just north of Kiltyclogher Co Leitrim.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dunkellin River, Killimordaly Co Galway

A few shots taken in Brackloon in the evening

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Meehambee Dolmen, Co Roscommon.

The Meehambee Dolmen is a megalithic portal tomb dating from about 3500 BC located in Ardagawna County Roscommon, Ireland.
 It was discovered by two local children in the 1960's and is found at the end of a 300 metre tree covered pathway
Originally supported on 6 upright portals, 2.3 metres high. The capstone is estimated to weigh twenty-four tonnes. The portal stone supporting the back of the capstone has collapsed, allowing the capstone to slide backwards out of position, causing the doorstone to collapse also. The capstone now rests at a 45-degree angle
It is thought that these tombs, of which over 1,200 have been identified in Ireland were either the burial place of a single important king or chieftain or perhaps the tombs of several members of a tribe who inhabited the area in the Neolithic era. A great example of a Dolmen can be found by clicking here 

Horse watches world go by, Loughrea Co Galway

Saw this horse just outside Loughrea watching the traffic coming up from motorway. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Old Bridge Waterford

This dissused bridge was on the old Cork road out of Waterford, but now nature is slowly taking it back.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shannon Estuary near Kilkee Co Clare

Waitin on a Sunny Day
Rocky Beach

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Carrigaholt Castle, Loop head Co Clare

The castle was built in late 1400's by the McMahons chiefs of the Peninsula who were descendents of the the King of Munster. 
The castle was occupied by Teige Caech "the short sighted" McMahon in September 1588 when seven ships of the Spanish Armada anchored at Carrigaholt. Although aid was refused by the McMahons, the castle was nonetheless unsuccessfully besieged shortly afterwards by Sir Conyers Clifford (Governor of Connaught). 
View from the wall
The following year the renegade fourth Earl of Thomond Donagh O'Brien captured it after a four-day siege and, in breach of the surrender terms, hanged all the defenders. 
Ownership then passed to the Earl's brother Donal O'Brien, who was responsible for inserting many of the castle's windows as well as the fireplace on the fifth floor, which bears the date 1603. Donal's grandson was the celebrated third Viscount Clare who resided at Carrigaholt and raised a regiment of horses known as the "Yellow Dragoons" for the House of Stuart King James II of England's armies. After the forfeiture of his extensive 89 square mile estate by the Williamites, the castle was acquired by the Burton family.
The castle today is under the care of the Office of Public Works. All that remains is a shell of its former nobility. The Burton Family were the last inhabitants and left it in the late 19th century

Cahir Castle, Co Tipperary

For the history and more photos click here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marriage Equality Castle Mural, Galway

Roscommon artist Joe Caslin, who previously installed a large mural which features on todays NY Times front page of two young men embracing at the corner of South Great George’s Street in Dublin, has added a 50 foot second mural to his project, inspired by Frederic William Burton’s painting The Meeting on the Turret Stairs.
for more see this click here to see Irish Times Article

Old church and graveyard, Kilcolgan Co. Galway

Thr remains of this church and graveyard are just outside the village of Kilcolgan. These pics were taken at the start of April when the daffodils were still in bloom.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prince Charles visit. Mullaghmore sligo

This picturesque spot is one of the spots where Prince Charles will visit today overlooking the spot where his great Uncle was killed by IRA. Lord Mountbatten his 14 year old twin grandson a 15 year old local boy and an 82 year old Baroness all died as a result of a bomb placed in a boat by the IRA in 1979

Monday, May 18, 2015

Kilkee Cliffs Co Clare

A few shots of Cliffs along the coast taken between Kilkee on and Loop head lighthouse.
Loop Head Lighthouse

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Furbo, Cashla, Camus, Rosmuc & Maam, Connemara April 2015

Photo's taken at end of April in Connemara.
 Cashla tide out
 Fishermans shelter between Rosmuc and Maam
 between Rosmuc and Maam