Thursday, May 23, 2019

Bird Life!

Collared Doves
(Streptopelia decaocto)
own garden.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

May 3rd . . .

Last Friday, May 3rd, I decided to go for a walk on a different route than usual,
and went down from the Salaheen entrance to King John's bridge to see what 
what was in bloom at the time.

I was pleasantly surprised at Salaheen cottages to see that re-furbishment of the houses
is taking place. These 'old world'  picturesque dwellings have been photographed and painted 
by people for many years.

Half way downhill, I met the above gentlemen who were clearing a large area of Laurel bushes,
which, when unchecked,  seem to take over wide areas like Rhododendrons.

Bluebells were to be seen covering much of the roadsides and also in among the trees.

The approach to King John's Bridge was brightened by the above yellow flowers,
which I was unable to identify at the time
Later, following an Internet search I discovered they were in fact 
'Japanese Rododoendrons/Azaleas',
according to info and a good colour photo on a UK garden centre website.

A close-up shot of these flowers showed how beautiful they were.
These shrubs produce foliage which is quite colourful in the autumn,
and which I had photographed previously, but whose name I could not ascertain then. 

Further example of Rhododendron/Azaleas at the Deerpark, Howth Castle,
a wonderful place to spend a few hours on a walk or simply
to drive uphill there from the castle,
and view the spectacular scenery at any time of year. 
Taken on April 19th last. 
Entrance is on the road from Sutton to Howth, and beside Howth Church of Ireland. 
Well signposted. No entrance fee. 

King John's Bridge arches from the east side approx.
(built during the reign of King John, a visit from whom was anticipated,
but did not materialize).

Same arches from west side, showing branches trapped there following recent storms and flooding. 

The approach to the bridge from the north side approx. 

Finally, a look at the now-low waters of the Clódagh,
as it flows towards Portlaw and the river Suir. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Early Summer days.

Fruit trees have been in bloom for some time, or are opening their buds . . . 

. . . as can be seen here on a local apple tree.

However, some garden plants have been flowering for very many weeks,
especially Siberian Wallflowers,
which have lit up own garden for ages and are still in full bloom.
The plants were grown from seed set two years ago.

Likewise, with Anenomes (above and below),
which have been flowering for a considerable length of time.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Arrival of Summer . . .

Suddenly the colour green is all over!

Lots of sheep and lambs can be seen around the country,
but especially here at Curraghmore.

Rhododendrons are coming to life too,
but in sunny areas the flowers are wide open;

. . . this roadside specimen in Ballyquinn townland looking superb!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


Following rain, strong winds and low temperatures for some time,
torrential rain fell non-stop on 14th and 15th of the month,
but anticipated high floodwaters in the Clódagh did not materialize.
Here, Séamus Crotty has been keeping an eye on the river, as have many others,
and enjoying the great rise in temperature. 

Young locals were arriving at the riverside
to, hopefully, catch some trout!

Other adventurous teenagers, on Easter holidays from schools,
were exploring an old 'Grotto, on the site of the former Millfort House,
a Malcomson/Morley mansion. These buildings were a feature
in the gardens of many of the big houses,
probably intended for children as much as adults. 

Then a 'stone's throw' away stands this ancient ring-fort,
with some fine trees, survivals from the Malcomson/Morley era.

A single left-click on any image, will show an enlarged copy.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Adventurous Ducks!

Far from their usual habitat on the Clódagh river,
these mallard were seen in recent days at the front door of local couple,
Jack and Bridget Kelly!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lá Fhéile Pádraig 2019

Recent Weather

                                                                                                                                                            Cold, Rain, Fog, a little Snow, Strong Winds, and Sunshine too,
but sheep have to eat!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Recently-captured Images

Photographed just two days ago.

'Captured' today, March 7th. at Dunmore East. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Valentine's Day 2005 . . .

Another look at the car in the fountain.
(poor quality image from fourteen years ago

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Guilcagh Church

Beautiful piece of architecture, now converted to a dwelling house.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tobair na nAingeal

The now-sadly-neglected, TOBAIR na nAINGEAL, (Well of the Angels), 
in Ballyquin townland, photographed in 2005, surely an important Portlaw heritage site.
Was looked after for years by the late David Foley. 
It took years to find it's name until the late Sgt. O'Hara informed me regarding same. 
Someone out there might be able supply further information on the place?

Friday, February 1, 2019

A Winter Evening

                                                                                                                                                             Sunset on a very cold January evening at Curraghmore.
Croughán Hill in the background.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Square at Christmas

Two images of the nicely lit-up Malcomson Square,
kindly supplied by grandson, Kieran Gleeson,
back home for a rest after sixteen months travelling around the world,
and with approx. 30,000 pictures of his travels stored in 'The Cloud'. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Some Statistics

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China 229
Russia 206
Canada 189
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Spain 76
Germany 64
United Kingdom 40
Hungary 33

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Most used operating systems in Dec:
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Macintosh 16%    Android 12%
IPhone 6%

New Year's Greetings to all our viewers!