Ireland

Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland

Cashel Castle Ireland TipperaryThe castle was being renovated when we got there. A bit disappointing considering pictures I would have liked to take however it was still magnificent and impressive. It’s called by many names among them: Rock of Cashel, St. Patrick’s Rock, Carraig Phádraig or Cashel of the Kings. It is said to be a place where St. Patrick converted Aenghus the King of Munster.

Cashel Town Council

Cashel Castle Ireland Tipperary

Cashel Tipperary Ireland

Rock of Cashel Ireland

Cashel castle cementary celtic cross

Rock of Cashel Munster Ireland

Cashel Ireland

Chapel at Cashel Castle Ireland

Chapel at cathedral Cashel Ireland

Rock of Cashel Ireland castle Munster

Cashel castle Ireland

Cashel castle Ireland

Cashel ireland

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Cahir Castle

Cahir castle Ireland

We didn’t know Cahir Castle will be closed for maintenance until March 2015 so on a lovely sunny day in March we headed down to Cork and Cahir. Yes the castle was closed and the Swiss Cottage was closed. Bad luck. Both sights look amazing even if you can’t go inside.

Cahir Castle is a stronghold located on a small island on river Suir. It’s one of the biggest castles in Ireland I’ve seen.  After walking around the castle we decided to follow the trail to Swiss Cottage. It’s a nice walk leading along the river. We only got a glimpse of it through the back gate but it looks like taken out of fairy tale. Enjoy the pictures!

Cahir Castle Tipperary Ireland

Cahir Castle South Ireland

Cahir Castle Ireland

Cahir Tipperary Ireland

Cahir Park trail

Cahir Castle Ireland

Golf course Cahir Ireland

Golf course Ireland Cahir

Cahir Heritage Trail Ireland

Swiss Cottage Cahir Historic Town Walk

Swiss Cottage Cahir Ireland

Cahir Ireland scenic walk

 

Howth – Binn Éadair, meaning “Éadar’s peak” north of Dublin, Ireland

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth is located on the peninsula of Howth Head north from Dublin. You can get there by DART from Dublin Connolly station.  If the weather is nice it’s a lovely spot for a day out, picnic and even swimming.

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth is a popular area for sailing. You can also spot various birds (razorbill, guillemot, fulmar, kittiwake, stonechat, linnet, whitethroat, yellowhammer, skylark, wheatear, peregrine, buzzard and kestrel) and seals.

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth Dublin ireland

Howth Dublin Ireland

Howth Dublin ireland

Howth Dublin ireland

Howth Dublin Ireland

New Year Festival Dublin

New Year Festival Dublin 2015

The free family spectacle is set to light up Dublin’s iconic locations – Barnardos Square, Trinity College and Wolfe Tone Square – with cutting edge 3D displays from 5pm each evening  from 30th December 2014 to 1 January 2015.

Barnardos  Square (Dame Street) will become a magical canvas, animated each day by a myriad of fabulous fairytale characters and vibrant landscapes.  This bespoke interactive installation is a super family experience where the audience will become the story teller, allowing children to create their very own Fairytale  from a pick ‘n’ mix menu of well known fairytale scenarios. With all of your favorite characters and happy endings to choose from this is one magical journey not to be missed!

New Year festival Dublin 2015

Prepared to be enchanted and surprised as Trinity College will come alive and take you on a journey through ancient and contemporary Irish iconography with state of the art 3D imagery.

The sounds of the city, its voices and character draw you into an immersive original sound and light installation in Wolfe Tone Square. The Urban Voices celebrates the acoustic environment of the city through sound activated graphics based around the AXA building. The viewer will be treated to a unique soundscape designed musically around the sounds of the city that they interact with everyday through their  speech, Luas trams, cars, mobile phones, the Ducks in St Stephens Green, Dublin Bike bicycle bells, Sellers on Moore St, footsteps…… creating a uniquely Dublin,  Urban Soundscape.

Source: http://nyfdublin.com/luminosity/

Maamturks, Connemara, Ireland

View from MaamturkMammturk Mountains are a picturesque mountain range in North Connemara. You can drive N59 to Maam Cross and continue straight in the direction of Clifden, take right turn into R344 along Lough Inagh. Another right and you keep going along the range. Stop where you wish to start climbing. They are less well known than their more famous neighbours, the Twelve Bens on the other side of the Inagh Valley.

Western Way Connemara IrelandThere was nobody there on the day we hiked (17th Aug 2014). The weather was changing rapidly, sun, wind, rain, sun and so on. There is no real trail or path (other than the one made by sheeps). So you can just go cross country.

Maamturks Connemara Ireland

The ground was very wet, covered with grass and moors with exposed rock and some loose stones. We also came across lovely waterfall and saw a few small ponds at the top of the range. We only climbed one of the peaks. I think it was Maumahoge/Knocknahillion. Hope to go back another time and do the Maamturks challenge!

View from Maamturks Connemara Ireland

Every year Maamturks Challenge takes place. You start not far from Maam Cross and hike from one peak to another which takes from 10h upwards. The route runs most of the tortuous Maamturks ridge finishing in Leenane. The maximum height is a modest 700m but the successive steep slopes are very demanding.

Start = L969 496 – Turn = L964 489 – Corcóg – Turn = L947 496 – Mullach Glas – Binn Mhór – Patrickswell = L902 504 – Binn Chaonaigh – Binn idir an dá Log – L883 530 – L Mham Ochóige = L879 535 – Cnoc na hUilleann – Binn Bhriocáin – Top = L861 554 – Maam Turk = L857 564 – Top = L855 568 – Top = L856 576 – Col Despondency = L856 582 – Ridge = L864 594 – Meall Cheo = L861 598 – Western Way = L854 621 – Finish = L873 618

hiking Maamturks connemara Ireland

maamturks connemara ireland

Leenaun, Aasleagh Falls and White Strand – Welcome to Co. Mayo

This post will have almost no text. I just wanted to share my pictures from a day in Connemara, Ireland. Most of the time pictures of landscape do not give the impressions of space and magnitude so treat it as teaser rather than faithful representation of reality.

map of connemara

Connemara is situated at the very edge of Europe, on the west coast of Ireland, and is one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places I’ve seen in Europe.

Beautiful Aasleagh Falls is situated near Leenane in the heart of Connemara. The waterfall featured in a scene from the movie ‘The Field’ which was written by John B. Keane. The story was adapted for the big screen by Jim Sheridan in 1990 and starred the late Richard Harris.

Connemara ireland

Connemara Ireland

Aasleagh Falls Connemara Ireland

Connemara Ireland

Aasleagh Falls Connemara Ireland

Connemara Ireland

Connemara Ireland

Connemara Ireland

White Strand Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand Connemara Ireland

Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand Ireland Connemara

Whitestrand beach Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand Connemara Ireland

Whitestrand beach Connemara Ireland

Now… turn the volume down! Seriously, down!

Yes this is me scaring away the birds which you can’t really see.

 

 

Desert sand

Today I was awoken by rain. It’s one of the best feelings when you lie in warmth and know that you don’t need to get up yet listen to the rain outside. My thoughts went back to Ireland where I used to live for what seemed a lifetime. So different to London.

In Galway it rains often, in spring, in summer (5 times a day) in autumn and in winter. And yes, you can get used to rain. I remember running in the rain, coming back from work in the rain, going to work in rain, going out in rain, drinking in pub in rain. All those precious memories and I miss it now.

What is true for this magical place is also that rain  comes from every direction. From in front of you, from behind you, from above you and sometime from beneath you, and I don’t mean when you fly. It’s because of the wind, you can forget about an umbrella. Most people give up and leave broken ones on the side of the street and never get another one.

The rain can be warm or cold, coming in big drops or just drizzle.  It washes the streets, pavements, street lights, green meadows in Connemara, diving boards n Salthill, mooring in Barna. It can rain for days or it can rain for minutes.

They say the weather makes Irish people depressed and overuse alcohol, I was never depressed in Ireland. My headaches stopped and I always had something to do so I forgot about the rain.

You are probably wondering why the title and pictures have nothing to do  with the text hahahaa I guess it’s because not many people really like rain :)

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