Cloughey

Free range eggs and potatoes for sale

Old buildings, Ardminnan Road, Cloughey (Cloughy) (Cloghy), Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland

Old buildings, Ardminnan Road, Cloughey (Cloughy) (Cloghy), Ards Peninsula, Northern Ireland

The Burren revisited

The Burren landscape

The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

The Burren landscape

2 previous visits to the Burren here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2017/05/10/the-burren-landscape/

Robertstown Cross

Robertstown Cross

Robertstown Graveyard Gate, Co Meath, Ireland

Robertstown Cross
Robertstown Cross at the bottom of the lane to the graveyard

Gleniff Horseshoe

Gleniff horseshoe cliffs
Gleniff Horseshoe, a scenic six-mile loop near Cliffoney, Co Sligo, Ireland

Gleniff horseshoe cliffs
A view of the Cliffs on the drive

Cottage ruin
Gleniff horseshoe cottage ruin

Gleniff waterfall
Small waterfall at the old mill ruins

Gleniff wood sculpture
Wood sculpture at the old mill ruins

Gleniff wood sculpture
More oddities

Caves of Kesh

Caves of Kesh
Caves of Kesh, Keshcorran, Sligo, Ireland

Kesh Caves
In Irish mythology the caves of Kesh were believed to be an entrance to the the Otherworld. One story tells how, when on a hunt, Fionn mac Cumhaill, head of the Fianna, was put under enchantment by three witches along with a troop of his men. The witches were the daughters of Conaran of the supernatural race Tuatha de Danaan who ruled in the underworld of Keshcorran. As the witches prepared to kill their captives the last of the hunting party Goll mac Morna encounters them and in a hard fought engagement slices in half two witches then beheads them and gets the better of the third putting her into bondage. In exchange for her life she agrees to dissolve the enchantment on Fionn and his Fianna. Diarmuid and Gráinne are also said to have sought refuge in the caves as the lovers evade Fionn mac Cumhaill who Gráinne had been betrothed to. Another story tells how the high king of Ireland Cormac mac Airt was born at the foot of Keshcorran and reared by a she-wolf with her cubs in the caves.

Keshcorran

Caves of Kesh

Caves of Kesh

Caves of Kesh

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern 2017

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Last year I made a couple of Jack O’ Lanterns and kept them… they shriveled up and shrunk, that’s them beside the new one I made for Hallowe’en 2017. You can see how one of the shriveled ones looked originally here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2016/10/27/irish-jack-o-lantern/

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Atlantic Bar

Atlantic Bar
Atlantic Bar, Portrush, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland – Kodak HIE infrared film

Woodlawn House Follies

Woodlawn Tower House folly
Woodlawn Tower House folly and fake entrance

Gothic style wall and arch folly
Gothic style wall and arch folly

Woodlawn entrance folly
Woodlawn fake entrance and Round Tower folly

Woodlawn Round Tower folly
Round Tower folly built circa 1900. Woodlawn, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, Ireland

Woodlawn Tower House (Gate House) folly
Gate lodge built circa 1850 in the style of a Tower House

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher, Co Clare, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher
At their lowest point the cliffs are 120 metres rising to over 200 metres at their highest

O'Brien's Tower
O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher sign
Cliffs of Moher – Wild Atlantic Way sign

Cahercommaun Stone Fort

Cahercommaun Stone Fort
Cahercommaun Stone Fort, The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

Cahercommaun Stone Fort
Three ringed stone fort perched on a cliff edge. Built circa 800AD

Cahercommaun Stone Fort
The outer walls are quite ruinous

Caherconnell Stone Fort

Caherconnell Stone Fort
Caherconnell Stone Fort, The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

Caherconnell Stone Fort
The cashel was built in the 10th Century.

Caherconnell Stone Fort
The new entrance dates to the 15th – 16th century

Caherconnell Stone Fort
Wall detail.

Caherconnell Stone Fort
Caherconnell Stone Fort is located in the karst rugged limestone landscape of the Burren like Cahermore Stone Fort.

The Burren Landscape

The Burren Landscape
The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

Burren - The Wild Atlantic Way
Burren – The Wild Atlantic Way

The Burren County Clare

The Burren Landscape

Burren wall
Typical Burren wall

Karst Burren landscape
Karst landscape of the Burren

The Burren Landscape in colour
The Burren in colour. Four images on film circa 1990

The Burren Landscape photograph

Image of the Burren

The Burren , County Clare

Cahermore Stone Fort

Cahermore Stone Fort
Cahermore Stone Fort aka Ballyallaban ringfort, The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

Cahermore Stone Fort
Fortified farmstead with walls up to 9 feet thick and high, built in the medieval period.

Cahermore Stone Fort
Cahermore Stone Fort is located in the karst rugged limestone landscape of the Burren like Caherconnell Stone Fort.

Glenade Lake and the legend of the Dobhar-chú

Glenade Lake is where one of Ireland’s lake monsters the Dobhar-chú (Water hound) is said to have killed Grace Connolly in 1722. Her husband found her bloody body with the Dobhar-chú and killed the beast. The legend has the creature emitting a high picked shriek that summoned its mate as it died and the mate attacked the husband who fled on horseback. The Dobhar-chú gave chase and eventually the man was forced to confront the creature. There was a fierce fight ending with the slaying of the beast.

Glenade Lake

Glenade Lake where the Dobhar-chú (Dobharchú) is said to live in the deep waters

Glenade Lake

The graves of Grace and her husband can be found close to Glenade Lake in Conwal graveyard, Co Leitrim.

Dobhar-chú

On Grace Connolly’s worn grave slab is a carving of a hound like creature with its head twisted back and a hand thrusting a dagger into the neck of the Dobhar-chú.

Grace Connolly's grave
Grace Connolly’s grave slab

Dobhar-chú (Dobharchú) slayer

Her husband’s grave slab has a carving of him with dagger in hand on a horse.

Grave of Grace Connolly's husband

The grave of Grace Connolly’s husband

Conwal graveyard

Conwal graveyard

 

St Patrick’s Well and Shaver’s Well

St Patrick’s Well (Tobar Phadraig) and Shaver’s Well (Tobar An Bherrtha)

St Patrick's Well and Shaver's Well sign
The sign for St Patrick’s Well and Shaver’s Well, Bunduff, Co Leitrim, Ireland

St Patrick's Holy Well
St Patrick’s Holy Well

Shaver's Holy Well by the sea
Shaver’s Holy Well is a short distance away by the sea

Shaver's Holy Well