Here's September's Gallery
I used a different format without thumbnail images this month because
the images come from a lot of different places so I thought I'd say a
bit about some of them. When you're finished with this page, just close
it and you should be back at the main gallery page.
I did a bit of travelling this month so a lot of the pics are a bit
like postcards (!) Next month I'll try and do some more with people in
The first couple are the renovations to the old Farnham House
near Cavan. It's being turned into a hotel to be operated by Radisson
I took a trip to Loughcrew megalithic tombs. I can't believe I live
10miles away from these things and have never been there before. It's a
great day out for kids. The views are fantastic, it's the highest point
in County Meath and you can see 14 out of the 32 Counties of Ireland if
you get a clear day. They're about 5000 years old, predating Stonehenge
and the Pyramids at Giza. They're a bit like Newgrange (never
been there either!!!) but there are no crowds. The day I was there,
there were six people and two of those were guides from the OPW. You
can read more about them here..
Here's a view of Oldcastle from the top
and here's one of the scenery in that direction. Typical Irish weather,
you can see the sun shining brightly on the village of Oldcastle, and
very heavy rainfall over Lough Sheelin in the background..
I tried doing a couple of panoramic photos of the view from the top.
I'm posting them here to give you an idea of the views, they're really
something. It was my first try and I'm not extra happy with the
results. They're a fun idea though and I'll have another go. Click on
each one to open a much larger version of it. Here's a couple of tips
if you want to try it yourself.. use a tripod and make sure it's
level..set the camera exposure on manual...overlap each picture by
about 15-20%. I didn't do any of these, but I will the next time!!!
On a lighter note, It's amazing what you can see in small villages. I
was out on the street one evening and noticed this contraption
Turned out it's a 50th birthday present for Charlie Mullally (I think
he's more...) from his workmates. Hope he enjoys it, I'm sure he will
I was in Donegal at a wedding and the next day I took a little road
trip to clear my head...
This is near Ardara in west Donegal. I think the men in the foreground
are gathering rack (seaweed). I can't think of anything else they could
be doing, the little platforms don't look like anything you could grow
shellfish on. If you know different, let me know..
The cows are not too interested.
Donegal tourism is very well developed, they can even help you to
locate missing elderly relatives..
These next few are of Glengesh pass between Ardara and Carrick and
Glencolmcille. It's a beautiful place but don't go there if your clutch
is slipping and don't forget to apply the handbrake when you get out to
take a picture.
Ideal place to live if you like to play loud music or wander round in
This is Teelin bay looking from the pier back towards Sliamh League. Isn't it beautiful?
Here are the cliffs at Bunglas (Green bottom), the highest sea-cliffs
in Europe at 600m. Look for the small boat in the second picture for an
idea of the scale of this place. I've been lucky enough years ago to
see them from the sea, and they're incredible. Click here
for a bit more about them.
This lake is used as a reservoir, it's on top of the mountain near the cliffs.
This is a boat leaving Teelin bay. It's a lovely sheltered spot but
everything changes once you get outside the mouth of the bay. The hills
in the background are the mountains of the north Mayo coast.
Back into Killybegs, the fishing capital of the North-West. The trawlers look really colourful in the summer sunshine.
I took a few pics around the farm of my friend Hugh John Patton. He
keeps cattle and chickens (for free-range eggs) at the mouth of
the Erne near Ballyshannon
This the bar mouth, where the river Erne meets the sea. In the background you can see Benbulben and Mullaghmore in County Sligo.
It's time Brendan got a new motorbike. He's way too big for this one...
It was starting to get dark but the sun was still shining brightly through the clouds
Here's a view of Ballyshannon from the Estuary. The tower cranes you
see are building a new bridge across the Erne right in front of the
Cathaleen falls hydro-electric dam. Should be a nice view from there
when it's finished.
The old beemer's not built for this kind of terrain!!
Here's the Erne estuary and the Leitrim hills from Shegis hill .
On the right at the opposite side of the river is Finner Army Camp
The tide's in, often there would be a lot of sand in this picture. The
Erne estuary follows a very narrow channel and most of it is very
shallow, boats are always running aground
And last, here's a pic of myself, the only one on the site so far. Don't tell anyone