FALL IN LOVE WITH MAYO: #7 – THE SOUTHERN LOOP

Soft day. Thank God! smiles the waiter at breakfast. Soft day. Thank God! nods the cleaner in the hallway, waiting to start on the bedrooms. Soft day. Thank God! chirps the receptionist on our way out. What is WRONG with you all!!! I don’t WANT a ‘soft day! I want heat and sunshine! (but I’d […]

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FALL IN LOVE WITH MAYO: #6 – THE CÉIDE COAST

‘Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away ‘ (Sarah Kay) And what a shoreline! With the mighty Atlantic pounding against the cliffs or lapping the sandy beaches, this remote and rugged north coast, hanging off the edge of […]

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BELOW

This week’s theme from Debbie for One Word Sunday is BELOW Looking up at the entrance to one of our monastic Round Towers. The doorway would have been accessed by some sort of removable stairs. Almost unique to Ireland, it’s thought the towers might have numbered about 120. Many are now in ruins but about 18-20 are are […]

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FALL IN LOVE WITH MAYO: # 5 – ACHILL ISLAND

‘I took my return ticket to London out of my pocket and tore it into small pieces and scattered it into the sea’. Paul Henry, circa 1911 Artist Paul Henry was to stay on Achill on and off for the next nine years, some of his most famous paintings depicting the island’s dramatic landscape and traditional […]

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PULL UP A SEAT PHOTO CHALLENGE 2021: # 38

I came across this seat earlier this summer in County Mayo in the west of Ireland. The woodland is located alongside an old railway line – now a very popular cycling route. I can’t find much about the piece but it serves as a poignant reminder of the past – this part of the country […]

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