Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael - Ross Mahon Photography

Skellig Michael is a twin-pinnacled crag situated 11.6 kilometres west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The larger of the two Skellig Islands, the island is known for its steep landscape, the Gaelic monastery founded between the 6th and 8th century, and its variety of inhabiting species, including gannets, puffins, a colony of razorbills and a resident population of approximately fifty grey seals. The rock contains the remains of a tower house, a megalithic stone row and a cross inscribed slab known as the “Wailing Woman”.

The Skelligs have risen to dramatic prominence recently – literally – due to its starring role as Luke Skywalker’s Island Sanctuary on the planet Ahch-To in both Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. A must see when visiting Ireland, its definitely like being on another planet.

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Lough Dan – County Wicklow

Lough Dan is a boomerang-shaped ribbon lake near Roundwood, County Wicklow, Ireland. It is a popular area for hikers and kayakers and lies very close to the Wicklow Way. Lough Dan has been used as a film location by many of the period films and dramas such as Becoming Jane, The Tudors, Camelot, King Arthur and many more.

Cahore Beach – County Wexford

Great memories from my childhood at this beach, the beach stretches for more than 20 miles south towards Ballinesker Beach. An interesting fact, the D-Day scenes from Saving Private Ryan were filmed along these locations.

Giant’s Causeway

Very foggy at Giant’s Causeway, but it was great for some eerie shots. Would highly recommend visiting this place.

Belfast City

Spent a few hours in Belfast to observe the amazing street art hidden between the narrow streets. Also got some great shots at the Titanic Museum along the docks. Would definitely recommend a visit to Belfast for a weekend.

 

The Great South Wall

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Well worth the walk out to Poolbeg lighthouse along The Great South Wall, best to go when the sun is setting on a clear day. You can capture some of the large cruise ships coming into Dublin Bay.

Blessington Lakes from Kippure summit

Blessington Lakes from Kippure summit

I hiked up to the radio transmitter mast on Kippure summit yesterday, there were some great views of Blessington lakes and Dublin city. Some interesting history about the lakes, Between 1938 and 1940, 76 houses were demolished, and the bridges at Humphreystown, Baltyboys and Burgage blown up, in anticipation of the flooding of the valley for the Poulaphouca hydroelectric powerstation.

Belgian frigate Louise-Marie (F931)

Belgian frigate Louise-Marie (F931)French, Dutch and Belgian Naval Vessels visited Dublin Port over the weekend, got to view the Belgian frigate Louise-Marie up close on Sunday night. It is 122m long and has a crew complement of 167.

The Grand Canal at Mespil Road

The Grand Canal at Mespil Road
The Grand Canal

Was taking some promotional pictures for the Fyffes food stand at the Irish Village Market on Mespil Road, great place for a stroll on a sunny day.