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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Marlfield Tree

  Two of many beautiful trees at Marlfield, Co. Tipperary. Modified.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Landslide, Copper Coast:

 Coastal erosion is now happening frequently all around Ireland.  Don't walk too close to or on to cliffs.  

Saturday, May 25, 2024


 A delightful plant that has grown little in years. An abundance of flowers each May.  There must be many species on display in Curraghmore right now. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Barley (for Whiskey) Sign, Curraghmore.

 Similar notice spotted in another field also!

One left click will show a larger copy. 

Monday, May 13, 2024

Curraghmore Dog Show 2024


Only heard about the show at the last minute.  When I arrived, most of the people, vehicles and dogs had left! I managed to 'capture' three images, shown above! Still, there was quite a few around, just talking and eating.

Monday, May 6, 2024

  A series of images taken at the event on Sunday, May 5th,showing, mainly, many of the amateur artists participating and some of their tutors. One left-click on any image will show a larger copy.

( You can read about the place at:  )










                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Still more to follow.

 Was pleased to be invited to the 100th birthday of Jack O'Sullivan, Waterford,  a retired Garda Síochána sergeant for many years, on Sat. May 4th last, with all his family and about seventy friends, including at least seven musicians. A lengthy video showed scores of photos of himself and family in the numerous villages and towns he was stationed in throughout his lengthy career.

Gifts galore were presented, and we heard of never-ending emails, phone calls and more from his son, Larry, and some important people present. With a large selection of food and refreshments for all plus songs and music in plenty from the musicians lasting almost four hours, it was a great turn-out for Jack.

Go maire tú i bhfad, a dhuine uasail! 

(Photo by Larry O'Sullivan, with permission). 


Friday, May 3, 2024

Stone Circle, Curraghmore:


Interesting and picturesque stone circle with tree-filled centre in Clonagam area. Ancient or from 1800s?

Thursday, March 21, 2024

St. Patrick's Day Parade 2024, a selection of images:






End of series!  


Friday, March 8, 2024

A quatrain from the writings of Omár Khayyám

 Edward Fitzgerald, translator of the 11th century Iranian poem - the Rubáiyát of Omár Khayyám - was born in 1809 in Suffolk, UK.  He was the third son of Mary Frances Fitzgerald (1755-1855 approx.) of Waterford castle and her first cousin John Purcell. Later he assumed his mother's surname.

He studied Spanish and Persian languages, the latter enabling him to translate the work of Omár Khayyám, but some verses he re-wrote differently simply to please himself.  The subject matter was mainly about love, death, the existence of God and an afterlife. He was also interested in Astronomy, Philosophy and Mathematics.  

He died suddenly on June 14th 1883. So popular was the Rubáiyát that Omár Khayyám clubs sprang up all over the U.K. and even in North America!  There is much to read about him and the Rubáiyát online.

Link to Waterford castle website: 

The snow image from:  Creative Commons:  By Emmanuel Boutet 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Mobile Phone Tower near Clonagam, Portlaw

 Two weeks after my most-used lens having developed a problem, I settled for an older short- zoom lens and was glad to be able at last to photograph this subject. Was glad to get out for a while also following a cough lasting almost three weeks.  Presumably much wiring has still to be done before the All-Together-Now music festival starts. 

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Mayfield House, Portlaw:

                                                                                                                                                             Mayfield House, the once beautiful home of the Malcomson family, founders of the adjacent cotton mill. Purchased some time ago with the idea of converting it into a first-class hotel, the project now seems to be in doubt according to rumours circulating (unverified).  An infestation of Japanese Knotweed is being blamed.  (This image given a half page in the Feb. issue of Carrick's THREE COUNTIES magazine).