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Second Southern Ireland Trip

Hi there, wow how long has it been since my last post? A good few months, for sure! For my comeback post I have photos from my second Southern Ireland trip. I was there at the end of March, again just for a few days. The weather wasn’t too good but I managed to grab a few decent shots. I hope you like ’em. As always click on the pics to enlarge…

Trim Castle

On the first day I took a drive down to County Meath to Trim Castle. It’s a Norman castle, built by Hugh de Lacy over a 30 year period. I took the tour which was a great way to spend a few hours learning the history and seeing the castle from the inside.

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Trim Castle

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Trim Castle and Bell Tower

Near the site of the castle stands an old Bell Tower called The Yellow Steep;

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Yellow Steep Bell Tower

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Yellow Steep Bell Tower

I took a walk along the River Boyne and noticed this heron swimming and diving for food;

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Heron in the River Boyne

And the shot below is of St Patrick’s Church in the town.

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St Patrick’s Church

Ross Castle and The Rock at Cashel

The next day I took a long drive southwest to Killarney, County Kerry to see Ross Castle

I was really looking forward to this trip as the photos I’d seen of this castle looked amazing. Of course I was relying on the weather…sadly it had other plans. Still, it didn’t detract from the imposing building that awaited me.

It was a little busy so I took some long exposure shots to try to blur them out.

Even with grey clouds above, the surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful.

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Ross Castle

Second Southern Ireland Trip

The Lake at Ross Castle

Second Southern Ireland Trip

An Irish Chaffinch

On the way back I stopped off at The Rock at Cashel in County Tipperary. Again I had visions of it being lit up against a beautiful sky but the weather gods conspired against me. The only decent shot I took I had to make as a composite and change the sky for something more easy on the eye…

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The Rock at Cashel

Howth and Glendalough

The last day saw me take a drive to Howth, an outer suburb of Dublin which forms part of Dublin Bay. Being a peninsula it kinda had its very own weather system. One minute but skies, the next…well you can see from the second shot 🙂

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Lambay Island

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Howth Pier

Second Southern Ireland Trip

St Mary’s

The church above had been built around with houses and bars. I only noticed it by chance as I was wandering up the steep hill. Had to stop and ask how to get to it, such was the higgledy-piggledy way in which the town had been built. But it was a beautiful building.

I was so struck with the serene countryside and lakes of Glendalough that I knew I had to go back and visit again. I took a more direct route this time rather than meandering through the Wicklow Mountains which gave me plenty of time to walk up to the Great Lake.

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Beautiful Glendalough

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Great Lake

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Great Lake Again (slight long expo)

On the way round to the old village I spotted a cheeky little Robin…(wouldn’t be the same without a bird pic or two 🙂 )

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Irish Robin

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Irish Robin Again

And to round the trip off, a long exposure shot of the Glendasan River. In the distance you can just about see the Round Tower.

Second Southern Ireland Trip

Glendasan River Long Expo

I hope you have enjoyed the photos, sorry it took so long to post them up.

Please do leave me feedback, I’d love to know what you think of them.

Thanks,

Mart

 

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