Reason to Love Ireland #125

I found this castle while driving past Ballyconneely, Ireland, and of course what random castle in Ireland would be complete without a flock of blackbirds diving in and out of it? I'm not sure who this one belongs to...maybe Maeve the Pirate Queen? With so many intriguing legends in Ireland, some interesting history must be …

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Children of Lir

Long ago, in the dark, pre-Christian ages of Ireland, King Lir tragically lost his beloved wife and was left alone to raise his four children. Of course, no man is capable of remaining alone for very long, and he soon took another wife, whose bitter heart quickly hardened over her stepchildren's love for their deceased mother. She …

OXO Boys

I like a bit of a mystery. Captivated by the Georgian architecture in Dublin, I set out to photograph some of the doors and buildings for a later project. On this particular door, I found a note that read The OXO Boys. The OXO Boys...who are they?? I wondered. Did they like kisses more than hugs? …

Crumble and Fall

The only way to experience the west coast of Ireland is by car - even if you are like me and have absolutely no sense of direction. I often find the most interesting subjects to photograph just by getting lost, though. Here is one roadside gem from County Clare, Ireland, found on one of my …

A Fairy Bridge

Once again, Ireland has piqued my curiosity and imagination. Within the quiet, forested acres of Lough Key Park, a Fairy Bridge rises from the leaf-covered trail to guide hikers over a lazy brook. Vines stretch and curl around the limestone voussoirs that shape its playful arches, and under a canopy of autumn the bridge almost disappears …

The Hole of Sorrows

Dolmens, also known as portal tombs, generally consist of at least two upright stones that support a capstone. Rising dramatically above the limestone pavement of the Burren, Poulnabrone is the most widely photographed of all the Irish dolmens and dates back over 2,500 years. Found within its chamber were the remains of over 20 people, including …

Coffin Ship

In 1845, an airborne fungus swept through Ireland and infected the leaves of the potato plants, turning them black and causing them to rot. Due to the moist climate the spores multiplied and spread quickly, and soon all of the crops across the country had failed. Crops continued to fail for the next several years, thrusting Ireland …

Croagh Patrick

The day I visited Croagh Patrick, Ireland's most sacred mountain, clouds obscured its peak and tiny water droplets collected on my eyelashes. I hiked as far as the statue of St. Patrick, who overlooks the stunning waters of Clew Bay with a staff in one hand and three-leaf clover in the other. Had I continued …

The Fairy Tree

County Galway, Ireland has a dangerous beauty that can kill the ordinary tourist. Wending the Connemara Loop through an enchanting landscape of rust-colored mountains and rocky glens, I tried to avoid distraction and keep all four wheels on the road. But, as the sites grew more spectacular around every corner, and my eyes kept focusing on the mounds of …