Ben Bulben

Ben Bulben, sometimes spelt Benbulben or Benbulbin (from the Irish: Binn Ghulbain), is a large rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, an area sometimes called “Yeats Country”.

These photographs of Ben Bulben were taken from Rosses Point, Co. Sligo on a bright, sunny day with a blue sky at the backdrop in April 2012.

Burrishoole Friary

Burrishoole Abbey, a 15th Century Dominican friary, is located on a tidal inlet (lagoon) on the north side of Clew Bay, Co Mayo.  Burrishoole Friary was a Dominican friary in County Mayo, Ireland. Its ruin is a National Monument.

Burrishoole Friary was founded in 1470 by Richard de Burgo of Turlough, Lord MacWilliam Oughter. It was built without the permission of the Pope. In 1486, the Pope instructed the Archbishop of Tuam to forgive the Friars. Richard de Burgo resigned his lordship in 1469 and entered the friary he had founded where he remained a friar until his death four years later. This was not an uncommon occurrence and serves to illustrate the connection between patrons and their foundations at this time.

The church and the eastern wall of the cloister remain. The grounds of the Friary are an actively used cemetery.   Burrishoole Friary is a few kilometers west of the town of Newport, County Mayo, Ireland.  It is often called Burrishoole Abbey, however, this colloquial name is inaccurate as the Dominican order did not have abbots, therefore Dominican houses are not technically abbeys.   Almost all the friaries and abbeys across Ireland were suppressed in the wake of the Reformation in the 16th century.  Very few were rebuilt after that time and now only the ruins survive, pleasing, if poignant, late Gothic relics of what must have been among the most striking buildings in the countryside of pre-Tudor Ireland.

Boats Lough Cullen

These pictures show some of the fishing boats at Lough Cullen,Pontoon, Co. Mayo.  Also some links, chains and up close shots to get a different look.

Lough Conn joins Lough Cullen at lovely Pontoon, which is famous for its salmon pool at Pontoon Bridge. Tucked away under the shadow of Nephin Mountains and surrounded by forests and sandy beaches and bays, Lough Conn extends nine miles from north to south and varies in width from two to six miles.

Trout fishing on Lough Cullen generally starts around the 17th March with the trout feeding voraciously on freshwater shrimp, snails and hoglice. Given some mild weather, large chironomids, colloquially known as duckfly appear. Trout feed on all stages of duckfly hatches.

Mayflies start appearing around the end of April and, from then to the end of June, some exciting fishing can be had. All Mayfly patterns fished wet work well and some excellend sport can be enjoyed with dry patterns. From 1st July to the end of the season, very little fishing is carried out on Cullen because of the weed and algae growth due to enrichment.

Nephin Mountain | Lough Conn

These pictures I took in Pontoon Co. Mayo show the beautiful Nephin Mountain from the shores of Loch Conn. Some of them are taken behind the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, and some along the shore of the lake.  It was a beautiful day with a blue sky and nice big clouds.

Windmills Kiltimagh

Windmills / wind turbines in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. They are on a raised site with some television mast and amazing view of Croagh Patrick and the surrounding areas in Co. Mayo.  Along with the windmills there are a number of bogs up the hills / mountains for turf cutting.

The Salmon Weir | The River Moy

Photographs taken at night of the Salmon Weir in The River Moy in Ballina, Co. Mayo, and of the Salmon Weir Bridge over the River Moy in Ballina.

The Salmon Weir Bridge is a pedestrian bridge / footbridge over the River Moy from Barrett St. to Ridge Pool Rd.  The bridge, which was designed to resemble a fishing rod, was opened in July 2009.

Spring Lambs in County Mayo

Spring lambs in Derrylahen, Co. Mayo, Ireland soaking in some of the nice Spring Irish weather…