Kilronan Church, Ballymacarbry, Waterford

Kilronan Church (Ruin), Waterford

The best bit about having a ‘partner in crime’ on the bike (or in the car) is that you’ve a better chance of spotting something interesting in the landscape that you might have missed if you’d been on your own. I’ve driven the road from Dungarvan to Clonmel countless times and never noticed the ruins of the church at Kilronan near Ballymacarbry. In fairness, the … Continue reading Kilronan Church (Ruin), Waterford

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

I’m sure there’s not one person over the last 24 hours who hasn’t gone back through their old Paris holidays photos looking for a few of the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The news last night that this beautiful medieval building had caught fire, and the images being shown on television and across social media of the flames engulfing the spire until it eventually collapsed, shocked everyone. Photographs … Continue reading Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Blacksmith, Coolagown

Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Blacksmith, Coolagown

18. Cork – Blacksmith, Coolagown – 7km E of Fermoy 52.1203, -8.18933 Coolagown (or Cúil na Ghabhann as Gaeilge) means the Nook of the Blacksmith, and indeed it once was with three blacksmiths working in the village in close proximity to each other. The Tidy Towns committee must work extremely hard here as it’s obvious driving through it that it’s a gold medal village. There … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Blacksmith, Coolagown

Mick the Miller Statue, Killeigh

Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Mick the Miller, Killeigh

13. Mick The Miller – Killeigh; 8 km SE of Tullamore 53.21403, -7.45129 Wait! What? Master McGrath isn’t the most famous greyhound of all time. Mick the Miller is, or so the website of MicktheMiller.com claims. As was the case with Master McGrath, Mick the Miller was also the runt of the litter and went on to win the English Derby in 1929 and 1930 … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Mick the Miller, Killeigh

Master McGrath Monument, Dungarvan

Master McGrath Monument

Master McGrath – N72; 4km NW of Dungarvan 52.10941, -7.67313 Master McGrath, Ireland’s most famous greyhound, was the runt of the litter when he was born in 1866. Weighing in at just 54lbs when fully grown, he was the first to win the Waterloo Cup (a prestigious coursing event named after the Waterloo Hotel in Liverpool) on three occasions. Many stories abound about the little … Continue reading Master McGrath Monument

Soloheadbeg Memorial

Soloheadbeg Memorial, Tipperary

16. Tipperary – Soloheadbeg Memorial – 6 km NW of Tipperary 52.51191, -8.21133 The 21st of January 2019 marked one hundred years to the day when an ambush by members of the Irish Volunteers (IRA) on members of the Royal Irish Constabulary escorting gelignite explosives took place. The two members of the RIC were killed and the ambush is considered to have been the start … Continue reading Soloheadbeg Memorial, Tipperary

Brawlers Family Blacksmith

Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Brawder’s Family Blacksmith, Tullahought

12. Carlow/Kilkenny Brawder’s Family Blacksmith – 9 km NE of Carrick-on-Suir 52.42154600° -7.36261300° Finally we made a start on the 2019 Irish Photo Rally points. A spur of the moment decision one weekend a couple of weeks ago meant we crossed No. 12 – Brawder’s Family Blacksmith – off the list. One of the best things about the Irish Photo Rally is that it brings you … Continue reading Irish Photo Rally 2019 – Brawder’s Family Blacksmith, Tullahought

Tankards town Copper Mine

Old Copper Mine, Waterford

I took this photo of the old copper mine at Tankardstown in County Waterford about six years ago and came across it today on an old external drive that I found lying in a drawer. Apart from the excitement of finding thousands of photos that I thought I’d lost, I was also thrilled to find that I’d the original raw files for many of them. … Continue reading Old Copper Mine, Waterford

The Lazy Bean Cafe, Cahir

The Lazy Bean Café, Cahir

The Lazy Bean Café is one of my favourite local cafés with a great variety of coffees, sandwiches, hot lunches and sweet treats. At lunch time it’s difficult to get a seat with locals and tourists alike crammed into the cosy nook, but call before one o’clock, or after two, and you can not only avail of free parking in the adjacent square for two … Continue reading The Lazy Bean Café, Cahir