Yesterday I drove to the Slieve Bloom Mountains in search of snow. There has been a lot of snow this winter. By Irish standards I mean! Yet somehow I’ve managed to miss it all. We had a decent snowfall in our home town back in December but I was away in Dublin for the week and couldn’t help but be a little envious of all the lovely photos appearing online. Of course by the time I got back there was no trace of it. Since then there has been the odd sprinkling but nothing was sticking. There were a few other instances of wrong time, wrong place and I figured since it’s February now, I’d probably missed the chance.
Before heading to the Copper Coast I tried to do a bit or research online to figure out where I’d like to visit. While doing so, I came across some pictures of Tra na mBó but couldn’t really figure out where exactly it was. The best I could gather was that it was close to Bunmahon beach but the rest I would have to figure out when I got there. The other mystery was its name. Tra na mBó means Strand of the Cows and even just looking at the pictures I could see it would be a pretty tricky place for cows to get to! Read More
Last month I took to the road to explore Waterford’s Copper Coast, an area I only heard about early last year but one I had been very eager to explore since then. I had high hopes setting off on my trip and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I was only sorry that I didn’t have longer to explore this stunning 25km stretch of coastline from Kilfarassy Beach in the east to Stradbally in the west. The Copper Coast is seriously a photographer’s playground and I found each stop more impressive than the last, as I hopped around it’s beautiful beaches and bays. Read More
The impressive heritage site of Clonmacnoise is less than an hour from where we live. We’d talked about going many times but as usual with the places closest to you, we never seemed to get around to it. Well last week, we finally got our butts in gear and went to check it out.Read More
When we visited Cork with some friends earlier this year, I almost brushed off the suggestion of a visit to Blarney Castle as I had it in my head that it was a total tourist trap. I can’t even tell you where that opinion came from as I have never visited or heard that from anyone else who had visited. How our minds can play wicked games on us!Read More
This freshwater lake in Connemara, Co Galway, is a beautiful spot to stop off for some photos. It looks like the kind of place you might have to do some serious hiking to reach but you can actually just pull up at the side of the road, grab your gear and get shooting. It’s here you’ll get your classic postcard shot of Connemara, featuring Pine Island with the peaks of the Twelve Bens in the background. On a calm day you will be able to get beautiful reflection shots too.
Our trip to Garinish Island was totally unplanned. It’s what I love about traveling around without a strict itinerary. You can can stumble upon some unexpected gems by chance and they often turn out to be highlights of your trip. We’d been traveling with some friends and had spent two full-on days driving around the Dingle Peninsula and then the Ring of Kerry. We planned to just spend the night in Glengarriff and do the Ring of Beara the following day.Read More
We only recently discovered that there is free admission on the first Wednesday of every month to Heritage Sites managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). There are so many great sites all over the country, so no excuse not to get out and explore! We’ve ticked off some great ones like Garnish Island, Brú na Bóinne and of course our local attraction, Portumna Castle but there are still heaps more we are looking forward to checking out. Here is a list of participating sites from the OPW. These are just ones that you would usually have to pay for. There are many others that are free at all times and further details can be found at the Heritage Ireland site.Read More