Killary Fjord, Connemara
       
     
Dún Briste Sea Stack, Co. Mayo
       
     
Classiebawn Castle, Co. Sligo
       
     
Dún Briste Sea Stack, Co. Mayo
       
     
Gleniff Horseshoe, Co. Sligo
       
     
Aughris Head, Co. Sligo
       
     
Union Wood, Co. Sligo
       
     
Windmills at Aughris Head, Co. Sligo
       
     
Sunset at Aughris Head Cliffs, Co. Sligo
       
     
Car Lights from Keshcorran, Co. Sligo
       
     
Keshcorran Hill, Co. Sligo
       
     
Keash Caves, Co. Sligo
       
     
Fanad Head Lighthouse, Co. Donegal
       
     
Ballygawley Lake, Co. Sligo
       
     
Killaspugbrone Church, Co. Sligo
       
     
Burren Sunrise, Co. Clare
       
     
Union Wood, Co. Sligo
       
     
Burrishoole Bridge, Co. Mayo
       
     
Ballaghnairillick River, Co. Sligo
       
     
Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal
       
     
Killary Fjord, Connemara
       
     
Killary Fjord, Connemara

The village of Leenane sits at the mouth of Killary fjord.  I always thought of this village as a gateway into Connemara.  Once you go past here, you are into the rugged and windswept terrain for which the area is famous.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon 24-105mm

1/20sec, f/11, ISO 100

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Dún Briste Sea Stack, Co. Mayo
       
     
Dún Briste Sea Stack, Co. Mayo

Dún Briste sea stack lies on the northern coast of Co. Mayo, near the town of Ballycastle.  Nearby are the Céide Fields, the oldest known settlement in the world from the Stone Age, at almost 6,000 years old.  It is said that the sea stack was separated from the mainland in 1393, and that the people who were living on top were stranded and had to be rescued using ships' ropes.  The sea stack is a beautiful sight to behold, especially at sunset as the different coloured rock strata reflect the evening light.

Canon EOS 7D

Sigma 10-20mm

1/6 sec, f/8, ISO 100

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Classiebawn Castle, Co. Sligo
       
     
Classiebawn Castle, Co. Sligo

Classiebawn castle in Co. Sligo, was built in the nineteenth century for Viscount Palmerstown on what was formerly a 10,000 acre estate on the Mullaghmore peninsula.  The castle was confiscated by the British to compensate those people responsibile for putting down the Irish rebellion, and was used by various members of the English parliment and monarchy as a summer home.  It is mostly remembered in Sligo as the summer residence of Lady and Lord Mountbatten, until his death in 1979 when his boat was blown up by the IRA.  A snow-covered Benbulben rises in the background.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon 100-400mm

1/640 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800

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Dún Briste Sea Stack, Co. Mayo
       
     
Dún Briste Sea Stack, Co. Mayo

The sea churns around Dún Briste sea stack in Co. Mayo.  This photograph is a long exposure of several seconds which allows the waves to blur into smoothness.  How much longer will it stand?

Canon EOS 7D

Canon 24-105mm

90 sec, f/8, ISO 100

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Gleniff Horseshoe, Co. Sligo
       
     
Gleniff Horseshoe, Co. Sligo

The Gleniff horseshoe is an isolated and tranquil area under the northern slopes of Benbulben mountain.  The Ballaghnairillick river runs off the mountain, creating small waterfalls along its course.  I have spent many hours photographing this area.

Canon EOS 7D

Sigma 10-20mm

100sec, f/8, ISO 200

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Aughris Head, Co. Sligo
       
     
Aughris Head, Co. Sligo

Aughris head lies on the northern coast of Co. Sligo, and is a haven for ocean wildlife.  The mountains of Benbulben and Knocknarea are also visible from this area.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105mm

30sec, f/11, ISO 100

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Union Wood, Co. Sligo
       
     
Union Wood, Co. Sligo

Union wood is on my doorstep in Co. Sligo.  I go there regularly, but on this particular morning there was a light fog in the air, which made the early morning shafts of light visible through the trees.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105mm

0.5sec, f/11, ISO 100

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Windmills at Aughris Head, Co. Sligo
       
     
Windmills at Aughris Head, Co. Sligo

Windmills are becoming a common sight on the horizon in Ireland.  These three were photographed at sunset from Aughris head in Co. Sligo.  There is some resistance to building windmills in the countryside, but I always liked their graceful form and motion.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon 100-400mm

1/1600sec, f/7.1, ISO 800

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Sunset at Aughris Head Cliffs, Co. Sligo
       
     
Sunset at Aughris Head Cliffs, Co. Sligo

The coastline around Aughris head is rough and rugged, and is constantly being assaulted by the Atlantic ocean.  The cliffs here provide a great compositional element looking into the setting sun.  You can imagine that this scenery has not changed much through the ages.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon 100-400mm

1/640sec, f/8, ISO 800

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Car Lights from Keshcorran, Co. Sligo
       
     
Car Lights from Keshcorran, Co. Sligo

A passing car paints its headlights onto the winding road visible from Keshcorran hill, Co. Sligo.

Canon EOS 7D,

Canon 100-400mm

25sec, f/18, ISO 100

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Keshcorran Hill, Co. Sligo
       
     
Keshcorran Hill, Co. Sligo

This is Keshcorran hill in Co. Sligo, which is the basis of much local myth and folklore.  The caves are visible near the top of the mountain, which is also topped by a megalithic cairn.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40mm

1/40sec, f/11, ISO 400

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Keash Caves, Co. Sligo
       
     
Keash Caves, Co. Sligo

Inside the caves of Keash, Co. Sligo.  Local folklore says that Diarmuid and Gráinne took refuge here from a vengeful Fionn Mac Cumhaill.  The view from the caves stretches many miles into the west, and at sunset the orange glow penetrates inside the caves.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40mm

5sec, f/11, ISO 100

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Fanad Head Lighthouse, Co. Donegal
       
     
Fanad Head Lighthouse, Co. Donegal

Fanad lighthouse is situated on the northern coast of the Fanad peninsula in Co. Donegal. The lighthouse was commissioned after the Saldahna wreck. Building commenced in 1815, and the lighthouse was lit on St. Patrick's day, 1817. The lighthouse is fully automated these days. 

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40mm

10sec, f/16, ISO 100

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Ballygawley Lake, Co. Sligo
       
     
Ballygawley Lake, Co. Sligo

Long exposure shot on Ballygalwley lake, Co. Sligo.  The reed beds are a haven for wildlife, and Union wood can be seen in the background.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 17-40mm

25 sec, f/11, ISO 100

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Killaspugbrone Church, Co. Sligo
       
     
Killaspugbrone Church, Co. Sligo

Killaspugbrone church in Strandhill, Co. Sligo, dates back to between 1150 and 1220, but the original structure was reputedly built some time in the fifth century.  The church is steeped in history, and St. Patrick is alleged to have visited here.  In the evening light, the marram grass picks up the glow of sunset.

Fujifulm X100S

1/500sec, f/5.6, ISO 800

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Burren Sunrise, Co. Clare
       
     
Burren Sunrise, Co. Clare

The rising sun illuminates lingering fog over the Burren in Co. Clare.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105mm

1/80sec, f/18, ISO 100

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Union Wood, Co. Sligo
       
     
Union Wood, Co. Sligo

Pine trees rise into blue skies above Union Wood in Co. Sligo.  The bare trunks of the trees provide a nice contrast against the green and blue in this scene.

Fujifilm X100S

1/950sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

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Burrishoole Bridge, Co. Mayo
       
     
Burrishoole Bridge, Co. Mayo

Burrishoole bridge in Co. Mayo under a brooding sky.  The bridge forms part of the western greenway cycling route and is known locally as the 'seven-eye' bridge.

Fujifilm X100S

1/600sec, f/8, ISO 400

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Ballaghnairillick River, Co. Sligo
       
     
Ballaghnairillick River, Co. Sligo

The Ballaghnairillick river in the Gleniff horseshoe in North Co. Sligo creates many small waterfalls as it runs off Benbulben mountain.  This is one of many tranquil ponds along the river.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105mm

30sec, f/8, ISO 800

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Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal
       
     
Slieve League Cliffs, Co. Donegal

The cliffs of Slieve League in Co. Donegal are almost as impressive a sight as the cliffs of Moher in the Burren.  The cliffs are well suited to the panoramic style, although photographing here can be difficult due to the high winds.

Canon 5D Mark II

Canon 24-105mm

1/5sec, f/14, ISO 100

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