Sheep of Ireland…

I overheard a conversation between an Australian who grew up on a sheep station and an Irish man who also raised sheep. Australian man:  So how many acres do you have back home? Irish man: Eight Australian man: 800 or 8,000 acres? Irish man: Ummm just eight! I had a silent giggle….in Australia we are accustomed to think in big numbers with either travelling or our sheep numbers –  due … Continue reading Sheep of Ireland…

MUSICIANS: It’s about the face and the instrument!  Musicians Posts: Photographing musicians whilst performing can be quite a challenge. You deal with poor venue lighting, rapid movement and random people walking into your space…just at the wrong time. However sifting through the many images and deleting the dodgy ones can be highly rewarding and well worth the time. Most are not extremely sharp – yet you focus … Continue reading

When we think of rural Ireland…Magical Glencolmcille, Donegal

When we think of rural Ireland, we visualise raw, dramatic cliffs and vistas, sheep, rocks, glorious shades of green, old pubs, fiddle players, Celtic history…a place where time stood still. The place to experience it all is the small rural town of Glencolmcille in Donegal County. Sitting on the Wild Atlantic Coast, it contains some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal and rural scenery and some of the most genuine, … Continue reading When we think of rural Ireland…Magical Glencolmcille, Donegal

Kilcar, Donegal Ireland – Wool Studio and Donegal Tweed – Earthy – Charming

Kilcar in Donegal is renown for their wool blends and gorgeous colours. Each season a new range of wool colours are developed – inspired from the countryside. Whether it be the blues and greys of the rocks, rusts and greens from the flora, purples and pinks from the heathers. Sand, beiges and blues from the stunning beaches. This old age way of dying and blending is well … Continue reading Kilcar, Donegal Ireland – Wool Studio and Donegal Tweed – Earthy – Charming

Donegal Fiddle Week – Robust – Trance – Mesmerising

I lucked out when I caught the bus on the wrong side of the road to go back to Dublin. Instead I turned up at Glencolmcille in time for Donegal Fiddle Week. This yearly event brings the best of the Donegal fiddle players together to teach – and around 100 players eager to learn come from around the globe to learn. It’s an eclectic jam packed … Continue reading Donegal Fiddle Week – Robust – Trance – Mesmerising

A Priceless Room with a View – Glencolmcille, Donegal

Donegal has many wonderful secrets to uncover – this is one of them. I wake up to this priceless view from my room and shake my head at its beauty. What sort of establishment would you expect such a view?  Hotel – B&B – Private home? It is actually a hostel and this view can be seen from each dorm and the common room – Dooey Hostel!   This … Continue reading A Priceless Room with a View – Glencolmcille, Donegal

Muckross, Donegal – Hidden gem – Private – Serene

It was one of those random moments when someone asked me if I would like to go for a drive. I’d been at my computer solid for a few days and needed a break – so I jumped at the opportunity. Mind you, I had no idea where – it didn’t seem to matter. A short drive to the small coastal village of Kilcar then to Muckross, … Continue reading Muckross, Donegal – Hidden gem – Private – Serene

Glen Lough, Donegal – Desolate – Bold – Silent

It took me several months to finally trek to Glen Lough in Donegal. Waiting for a day of nil rain – haha around here this summer it was almost impossible. I’d also had very conflicting information about the terrain as there is no track and the exact location. Yet I wanted to see the house where Rockwell Kent (painter) and Dillon Thomas (Welsh poet) lived at one point in … Continue reading Glen Lough, Donegal – Desolate – Bold – Silent

Sunset over the Donegal Atlantic Ocean

It has been a shitty summer for the locals in this part of Donegal…rain-rain-rain……..Then Mother Nature decided to put on a spectacle for the arrival of autumn. She  brushed the sky with dramatic artistic strokes with the brightest yellow and orange in her colourful paint pallet for all to witness!!!       The following night, she painted another display….           Continue reading Sunset over the Donegal Atlantic Ocean

Donegal Carpets – The Best in the World!

Ok – now I know that some will think the subject of carpets is not so interesting – however think again! Convenience and curiosity was more of my motivation to visit the Donegal International Carpet Factory in the fishing port of Killybegs (a short bus ride or drive from Glencolmcille where I hade been staying). Having only vaguely heard about Donegal Carpets, I didn’t know its … Continue reading Donegal Carpets – The Best in the World!