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Week number 8.

Hi all, glad you could join me on this weeks Irish photo rally point. This week we are at Lady Baltimore’s Statue, Bornacoola , County Longford

Lady Baltimore’s Statue, Bornacoola , County Longford .

More information here. https://www.longford.ie/en/visit/explore-the-past/baltimore-statue/

Thank you for stopping by,

George☘️

Rathlin Island

Rathlin island sits about six miles off the north coast of Northern Ireland and around 11 miles from Scotland. In the spring/summer months sea birds in there hundreds converge here for the breeding season.

The Island is a dog leg shape around 8 mile long and around 1 mile wide, there are three lighthouses at the three points. The south lighthouse is closest to the N.Ireland shore, the East lighthouse looks out towards Scotland and it here that Robert the Bruce hid in a cave close to the lighthouse during the  First War of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland’s place as an independent kingdom and is now revered in Scotland as a national hero.

Looking across the Irish sea to Scotland 11 miles away from Rathlin. Island..

rathlincommunity.org

Its’ at the other end off the island the main centre for sea birds lies at the West lighthouse. It’s a reserve run by the RSPB and a bus runs from Church Bay out to the centre. The first thing is the noise from Thousands of sea birds fill the air and the other can be the smell that can fill the air if the wind blows in the wrong direction. But the sight you will never forget.

This is the top of one of the sea stacks, covered mostly with Guillemots.

Guillemots on another sea stack,

https://abhainncruises.com/portfolio-items/rathlin-island-trip/

The above photo is from abhainncruises.com and is a view of the west lighthouse. It’s different from the normal due to the light being at the bottom, you can see it here in this image situated in front /bottom of the main building.

The next images will be from the main viewing platform which is on the left of this image.

Kittiwake nests on the ledges high above the shore. These are true seagulls, with non-breeding period spent entirely at sea.

Razorbill, note they lay there eggs on the rock without a nest. Another bird that is rarely seen outside the breeding season. It spends most of it time far out at sea.

Razorbill. A beautiful bird with it’s striking marking on the bill.

Fulmar: to me this is one of our most beautiful seabirds, And to watch them fly in to land is a marvel to watch. They approach at high speed looking like it not stopping, then land so softly. Or to watch them hang on the wind coming off the cliff faces, truly amazing. has the next photograph shows.

Fulmar: Hanging on the breeze.

Fulmar: hanging the breeze.

This is all from Rathlin at this time. Planning a walk around part of the Island soon.

thank you all for viewing, take care

George.

Before I go I’d like to say hello to Evelyn and her mum who chatted to me on the ferry back to Ballycastle. Thank you for taking time to look at some off my images and enjoy your life at university.

ATB George.

https://www.rspb.org.uk

http://www.rathlincommunity.org/visit

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Week 11

Continuing this week with another Irish photo rally point. This one is just a couple of mile from my home. The Dromara Destroyers roadracers. Here in Ireland a lot off motorcycle racing is done on public roads that are closed to the public for the days racing. The four that made up The Dromara Destroyers are Brian Reid, Ray McCullough, Trevor Steele and Ian McGregar. I grew up watching this racers through the1960’s, 1970’s and into the 1990’s.

I grew on one of the oldest road racing courses in Ireland, the Temple 100. I include a YouTube link

So back to the Dromara Destroyers garden in the village of Dromara, County Down, Northern Ireland.

Temple 100 road race.

These are just four of the many racers that gave us some great racing here in Ireland. I take my hat off to all of them, the ones that are still racing, the ones retired and those that died too young.

This week one of the biggest road races in the world is happing, The Isle of man TT. Yesterday a local racer lost his life competing on the island.

Davy Morgan R. I. P, and deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Thank you for dropping by.

George☘️

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Week 10

I have missed a couple of week’s posts due to a bout of illness. But back on track, so we are going to Ballydevitt Cottage in County Londonderry . I have tried to find some history about this small cottage,without success.

I talked to a local couple but they are only a few years in the area, so at some point I will go back and see if I can get some information about it’s history.

Ballydevitt Cottage

This is another Irish photo rally point, it’s in Aghadowey, County Londonderry.

I’m going to add the coordinates which you can copy to Google maps and go to street view to see the location.

55. 03506100° – 6.64184700°

Have a great weekend and take care.

George☘️

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Week 9

This week I’m in Downings (Na Dunaibh) in the north of County Donegal.

This photo is of the Laurentic Gun at Downings Pier.

Laurentic gun at Downings Pier.

The following links give the history of the gun the ship and the gold that it was carring when sunk. .

https://www.inishowennews.com/LGun.htm

https://www.whitestarhistory.com/laurentic1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Laurentic_(1908)

Thank you for visiting.

George ☘️

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Week 9

Hello and welcome, here we are at the start off another month. So this week’s photo comes from County Meath, Ireland and the grand gateway to Rathaldron Castle a few kilometres from Navan town.

Some of the castles history can be found at this link: http://www.navanhistory.ie/index.php?page=rathaldron-castle

Rathaldron Castle

Thank you for viewing, have a great week.

George ☘️

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Week 7

With low cloud coverage over Drumkeeragh forest it brings a light that seems to change has the cloud drifted through the trees. This shot is from the highest point and also the hardest hit by strong winds. The number off dead and fallen trees also makes for some great pictures. At least they do to me. So here’s one image for this weeks post.

Low clouds in the forest.

Thank you for viewing and enjoy your week.

George.

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Week 5

Another Irish photo rally point this week. It comes from the town of Pomeroy in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

http://www.irishphotorally.ie/

It is number six on the Irish photo rally map.

The lady with the golden hair, Pomeroy, County Tyrone

If you would like to see the colour photo it’s on my Instagram account.

Vision_of_Seoirse

Thank you and wherever you are in the world be kind to one another ☘️

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week five.

So with a mini heat wave this week I got out on the motorbike. I done one off the Irish photo rally points. http://www.irishphotorally.ie/

For those that look at the I. P. R site this photo is number five on the map.

This is the old Water pump/post office in Donaghmoyne in County Monaghan.

The date above the door is 1857, not sure if it was a post office from that date.. Today it could be somes home.

The m/c is a BMW r1200gs and me and this old girl has covered many happy miles. Hopefully a few more this year.