Keem Bay, Achill Island

I first set foot on Achill Island, County Mayo a couple of years ago. At the time I was only a little aware of its significance in the life of Ireland’s beloved pirate queen, Gráinne Ní Mháillem (Grace O’Malley). In the last few months my awareness of this incredible woman and her place in sixteenth […]

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Twas the Night before Christmas

Twas the Night before Christmas By Clement Clarke Moore Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, […]

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Dinner And A Show

Peak Restaurant in Bundoran has one of the most awesome panoramic ocean views I have ever experienced. Being seated there was something between being on the bridge of an ocean liner leaving port and some palatial dining hall. Combining a window table with sunset timing and we got both dinner and a show of Ireland’ […]

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Sentry

Standing sentry to all passers-by, four of these these eagle sentinels adorn the Swiss Cottage Bridge over The River Suir. I wonder if their gargoyle like appearance was meant to instill some form of apotropaic magic to protect the cottage from ill. Probably not but it’s fun to imagine! Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Sentry’, 1/500s f/2.8 […]

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