Scenes of Ireland – 2011

These are some pictures I took on a holiday to Ireland back in April 2011. The Title picture and the picture below are of the Cliffs of Moher on the West coast of Ireland in County Clare.


The picture above is of the famous Blarney Castle. People still queue up to dangle backwards from the battlements in order to kiss the blarney stone and receive the gift of the Gab. As I’m scared of heights I didn’t bother. Plus I don’t really need the gift of the gab as I talk too much as it is.P1020711P1020727P1020738

This picture above is of the sunken garden on Garinish Island of the coast of County Cork near Bantry Bay.


This picture is of the Rock of Cashel, said to be the ancient seat of the Kings of Ireland. One famous tale from the past is that one fierce warrior king who was being crowned king of Ireland was taken by surprise when the bishop who was proclaiming him king accidentally dropped the sword and it pierced his foot. He didn’t scream though because he thought it was part of the ceremony. P1020967

If you happen to be a fan of old films, you may recognise this ruined church yard from a rather famous film set in Ireland.P1020956P1020865

An actor by the name of John Wayne sat on this bridge.


And this was the cottage used for some of the scenes. The film is The Quiet Man. In my view, the best John Wayne film ever made. With the lovely Maureen O’Hara. P1020954


I hope you liked my pictures.


Picture of the Day – The Cliffs of Moher

This is a photograph of the Cliffs of Moher, in County Clare, Republic of Ireland.

They are a spectacular sight. It is invariably very windy at the cliffs, whether the weather is fine or not.

The geology is mainly Sandstone and shale in near horizontal layers.

If the sight appears familiar to you, it may be you have seen these cliffs in a film. They are a popular location because of the drama they invoke.

Any fans of the film The Princess Bride will remember the Cliffs of Insanity. Where here they are.

Likewise the cliffs can also be seen in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

A fantastic site to vist if you happen to be in that part of the world.