Mayo Mini Marathon 2012

Ladies Mayo Mini Marathon, Castlebar, Co. Mayo – May 6th 2012

Or some ladies that are not so much ladies (men dressed as women) in the case of these photographs – even got a nice shot of some Spongebob Squarepants undies 🙂

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Small airplane flying round quite low in the sky in Commauns, Burren, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland on May 2nd 2012. Not really sure if it was flying lessons or not, but something different to photograph 🙂

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.

Swans, Lough Lannagh

Swans swimming, eating, drinking and flying around Lough Lannagh in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland (with a fabulous view of Croagh Patrick) – what a beautiful bird with their white feathers and large wings.  Pictures taken in April 2012

Titanic Fireworks

On 13th April, 2012 as part of the Mayo Titanic Cultural Week 8th – 15th April 2012, there was a fireworks show behind Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Pontoon, Co Mayo as which lit up the sky in bright colours as part of the Mayo Titanic Ball.

Titanic memorial garden

This Titanic memorial garden has been built in Lahardane Co. Mayo as a remembrance of the 14 people from Addergoole, the parish that includes Lahardane, booked passage to New York on Titanic. When the ship went down, 11 of them died, including the pregnant wife and sister of John Bourke, who refused to leave him.

Titanic April 14th 2012

This is the 76ft replica model of the RMS Titanic which was built in Lahardane Co. Mayo in Lough Conn behinde Addergoole graveyard on April 14th 2012.

LAHARDANE –The story of the building of Titanic is told in Belfast. The story of mass emigration from Ireland, of which Titanic was one small part, is told in Cobh, formerly Queenstown.  But the story of the people – laborers, farmers and tradespeople– who bought passage on Titanic to start new lives in America is told in the tiny County Mayo village of Lahardane, “Ireland’s Titanic Village.”

Fourteen people from Addergoole, the parish that includes Lahardane, booked passage to New York on Titanic. When the ship went down, 11 of them died, including the pregnant wife and sister of John Bourke, who refused to leave him. News of the loss plunged the village into shock and despair.

“It was the largest proportionate loss of life suffered by any community in the world,” says Dylan Nolan, public relations officer for the Addergoole Titanic Society.

The Western People newspaper of May 4, 1912, reported that the wake held for several of the Addergoole victims was “one of the saddest sights ever witnessed in the West of Ireland.” Photos of the victims were laid on the beds where they had slept the night before leaving home. “The wailing and moaning of the people was most distressing and would almost draw a tear from a stone,” the story said.

But, as decades passed, memories began to dim. Some of the families died out or moved from their home places, and their cottages fell into ruin. The Addergoole 14 were in danger of being lost again.

Most of the money for the memorials was donated privately, and most of the work in Lahardane was done by volunteers.

Mulranny in the evening

Mulranny, Co. Mayo in the evening / at night. The walkway, bridges, seaweed, the moon, and the lights of the village in the night sky.

Abandoned Boat

Abandoned boat between Newport and Mulranny, near Tiernaur in Co. Mayo Ireland – in black and white and colour photographs.

shipwrecked – black & white

Ship wrecked boat between Newport and Mulranny, near Tiernaur in Co. Mayo Ireland.

Click here to view some photographs of this boat in colour.

Yellow Daffodils

Photographs of Yellow Daffodils taken in Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

The peom by William Wordsworth “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” is also known as Daffodils or The Daffodils.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

The Moon

New moon on an early March night in Newport, Co. Mayo.  It was a very calm, clear and beautiful night as you can see the movement in the stars!