Down by river

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Down by the river in the beautiful sunshine, The Windygap, outside Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland

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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.

Adare Manor

Restoration works began on the Manor in 1987 when it was acquired by the Kane family from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. It took little more than a year , but when the Manor was finally completed in 1988 Adare Manor as a hotel was now a world class home away from home. As a 5-star luxury hotel, the manor boasts such guests as ex-US President and First Lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Golf Course was opened in August 1995.   Adare Manor attracts anglers from around the globe on account of its excellent trout fishing in the River Maigue.

Also on the Manor property sit two intriguing ruins; The Saint Nicholas Church and Chantry Chapel. Both date back to the 12th century. St. Nicholas is the only accessible ruin, as the Chapel sits in the middle of the golf course and casual foot traffic is not allowed.

One of the more intriguing features of Adare Manor is the lettered text carved into the front of the south parapet which reads – “Except the Lord build the house, then labour is but lost that built it.”

Commauns

River at the bottom of Bother Rua, Commauns, Burren, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

Inistioge

Inistioge County Kilkenny IrelandInistioge County Kilkenny IrelandInistioge County Kilkenny IrelandInistioge County Kilkenny IrelandThe little village of Inistioge (in-ish-teeg) is picture-perfect. It has an 18th-century, 10-arch stone bridge spanning the River Nore and vintage shops facing a tranquil square.

The Film Circle of Friends and Widow’s Peak were made in the village in 1993 and 1994. Bringing such movie stars as Mia Farrow, Chris O’Donnell, Minnie Driver, Adrian Dunbar, Joan Plymouth and our very own Mick Lally.

With a scenic stretch of the South Leinster Way coursing through town, this is a good base for exploring the region. The R700 from Thomastown makes for a lovely scenic drive through the river valley. For variety, try some of the small roads that lead off this into the verdant countryside – you can’t get lost for long. Better yet, try the hiking trails that follow the river. Side trails lead up into the hills.