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PHOTO Force Ireland 2017 - 2019

I had the pleasure to visit Ireland for a few times. Fantastic nature, countless places that inspire, breathtaking views and mind-blowing impressions which I think should be preserved on photos. I offer a selection including personal thoughts as well as information which could be helpful for upcoming visitors. When the opportunity arises to travel to Ireland - take it ! If you like to listen to some background music while "walking" through the gallery, use the play button.
CALM AND ROUGH
The Great Blasket Island (An Blascaod Mór) - 2017

This is to be the most western point of Europe - the last residents left in 1953. In fact, they had to be evacuated.
To my opinion, it is a spiritual experience spending time on this beautiful part of the earth, ruminating in the grass when you are almost on your own.
All things your senses capture make you feel comfortable. The fantastic atmosphere leads your thoughts onto another level.

Taking the Slea Head Drive (R 559) on Dingle Peninsula heading to Dunquin Harbour (sounds bigger then it really is) and cross over to the "Great Blasket" by a small rubber dinghy first (picks you up) and another small boat after that - adventurous !
This passage works only when wheather conditions permit - otherwise the ferryman will say "NO".
Of course some other transfer options to the Great Blasket Island(s) do exist but I think this is not only the shortest distance to go but also the funniest one.
BEING WITH NOTHING
The Great Blasket Island (An Blascaod Mór) - 2017

A lot of ruins inspire your imagination and are taking you back into time. Residents had nothing "modern" to facilitate their hard lives and depending on circumstances there was no way to leave the Island for days or weeks.
They took what nature gave them - sometimes it was nothing big.
HARD LIFE - HARD GROUND
The Great Blasket Island (An Blascaod Mór) - 2017
WINDOWS
The Great Blasket Island (An Blascaod Mór) - 2017
MEDITATE ON NATURE
Slea Head Drive (R 559) - Dingle Peninsula - 2018

The Slea Head Drive starts more or less in Milltown/Dingle and takes you on a round trip through the western part of the Dingle Peninsula. Enroute you have many places to pause, to take a deep breath and to meditate on nature.
We are just guests in paradise.

This photo displays a view in the direction of The Great Blasket Island, near Coumeenoole Beach.
ADAPTATION
Dingle (An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis) - 2017

You can walk around Dingle Bay / Dingle Harbour almost without any obstacles but just doing so would let you miss impressions on the "inside".

As you can see - trees adapt after a while, following the forces of nature - are we willing and able to do the same ?
THINNER ON TOP
Conor Pass (An Chonair) - R 560, Co. Kerry, Ireland - 2017
Elevation: 410 m (456 m)

The Dingle Peninsula is divided up by a chain of smaller and bigger "mountains". A stopover on top of the Conor Pass - reached by car or hiked - offers you a spectacular view on the northern and southern coastlines of the peninsula - of course always depending on wheather conditions.

Changes come quickly !
COLOURS
Dingle (An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis) - 2019
Strandstreet
Co. Kerry, Ireland

One of the remarkable things in Dingle Town is the massive use of colours to lighten up daily life. It makes you smile and feel good.
What do you need numbers for on houses ?
"Come to my Green House" will do . . .
DOLPHIN FACADE
Dingle (An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis) - 2019
Strandstreet
Co. Kerry, Ireland

The facade represents the special guest star the region has for decades now - a dolphin named "Fungie". He welcomes guests from all over the world and likes to play/swim with them - you can rely on that !
Otherwise the money you probably paid to watch him will be reimbursed.
HOSPITALITY
Dingle (An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis) - 2017
Slea Head Drive, Milltown
Co. Kerry, Ireland

This is a view from a very, very, very nice accomodation to the direction of Dingle Harbour / Dingle Bay. Time to rest and enjoy friendship.
A special "Moin" to Aidan & Marian . . .
ENDLESS THOUGHTS
Fermoyle Strand, Fermoyle, County Kerry, Ireland - 2017

It is time to think things over - standing at an endless strand (or beach if you like).
When you are lucky and fortuitously travelling in the month of May probably nobody else but you will enjoy the scenery.

Amazing and peaceful - wind, waves and a few birds will accompany your inner rest.
SKY AND SAND
Fermoyle Strand, Fermoyle, County Kerry, Ireland - 2017
HOUSE AND HOME
Muckross House (Teach Mhucrois) - 2017
Killarney National Park (Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne)
Dromyrourk , Killarney , Co. Kerry , Ireland

This house is one out of many things representing a typical Irish heritage and was built in 1843. It is still inhabited but nevertheless, parts of it open to public.

Spooky ? Well, try it out.
NO LIMIT
Killarney National Park (Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne) - 2017
Dromyrourk , Killarney , Co. Kerry , Ireland

Your personal and sensual horizon will be expanded when you walk through the park or take a horse carriage ride. The whole area is perfectly maintained, you'll find no dirt and you can feel the love owners put into maintenance of their heritage.

Your senses and brain have to work hard to reappraise everything you see.

No limit !
GREEN MEETS BLUE
Killarney National Park (Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne) - 2017
Dromyrourk , Killarney , Co. Kerry , Ireland

Walking on "Endless Green"...
FLOWER INVASION
Killarney National Park (Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne) - 2017
Dromyrourk , Killarney , Co. Kerry , Ireland

Especially the "Invasion of Rhododendron" in multicolour during the month of May makes you breathless.
ROCKS IN THE OCEAN
Valentia Island (Dairbhre), Co. Kerry , Ireland - 2018

You can enter Valentia Island by car using the R 565 and crossing the bridge at Portmagee or by ferry (Renardpoint to Knightstown). Valentia Island itself can be discovered on foot probably in a day or so. You will find some places Hollywood film makers used.
The photo was shot on my way to the Bray Head Watchtower looking to the direction of Skellig Michael.
FLATTERING YOUR SENSES
Valentia Island (Dairbhre), Co. Kerry , Ireland - 2018
SHELTERED HARBOUR
Valentia Island (Dairbhre), Co. Kerry , Ireland - 2018

The photo was shot on my way to the Bray Head Watchtower looking back to the direction of Portmagee Harbour.
The cute, sheltered harbour is starting point for trips to Skellig Michael - there is no Jedi Knight on it right now.
IN AND OUT
Galway (Gaillimh) - 2017
Corrib Canal

Galway is suitable for calm loving people and party people at the same time. There are a lot of places to find relaxation within this lively city.
One spot is the Corrib Canal which bypasses the river Corrib partially right in the center of the 80 K-city.
IN FLOW
Galway (Gaillimh) - 2017
PEACEFUL LINES
Galway (Gaillimh) - 2017
PASSENGERS
Macroom, Sleveen East , Co. Cork , Ireland - 2018
The Gearagh

This was creepy.
When you walk through this glacial woodland and nature reserve it feels like a lift into another world and space. Strange sounds, weird calmness and serenity in an atmosphere of being not really there leads to a voyage you won't forget.
It becomes even better when the wheather gets misty.
PASSENGERS II
Macroom, Sleveen East , Co. Cork , Ireland - 2018
The Gearagh
NOISES
Macroom, Sleveen East , Co. Cork , Ireland - 2018
The Gearagh

Can you hear them ?
THE MIRROR
Kinsale Harbour - 2017

There is a "White House" in the city - and seals in the harbour. Kinsale is an expensive place to live.

Look onto the surface - the face you'll see is maybe not yours.
SHADOWS OF THE PAST
Kells Bay House and Gardens, Cappamore, County Kerry, Ireland - 2018

The owners of Kells Bay House and Gardens estate live their dream - creating an area for dinosaur (old dead trees get a second life as Jurassic Park lookalikes). Shrubbery and plants of all kinds fill the air with a variety of fragrances and a single big palm tree (at a weight of 40 tons it was imported from Chile) dominates the outlooks from guest room windows.

And all this next to the North Atlantic Ocean.
ELDER STICK
Kells Bay House and Gardens, Cappamore, County Kerry, Ireland - 2018
REX
Kells Bay House and Gardens, Cappamore, County Kerry, Ireland - 2018

Rex is another "born-again".
ANGRY WOOD
Kells Bay House and Gardens, Cappamore, County Kerry, Ireland - 2018
PALM 40
Kells Bay House and Gardens, Cappamore, County Kerry, Ireland - 2018

One day 40 tons arrived in a small town and the postman rang twice.
ITALY ON AN ISLAND
Glengarriff (Gleann Garbh), Ilnacullin - 2018
Garinish Island

Italian Style in Ireland
Only a few small "traditional" ferries are allowed to sail within 30 minutes to Garinish Island.
Then you'll enter paradise and your personal climate changes into mediterranian style.
Try just to walk without talking and enjoy.
BLUE QUEEN
Glengarriff (Gleann Garbh), Ilnacullin - 2018
Garinish Island

Trust in the magic of an experienced skipper handling this boat.
SWIMMING IN FLOWERS
Glengarriff (Gleann Garbh), Ilnacullin - 2018
Garinish Island
THE GATE
Glengarriff, Bamboo Park - 2018

Opposite to Garinish Island you'll find the Bamboo Park with a "Stargate" - step through it and see what happens.
OLD IN NEW
Sligo (Sligeach) - 2019
Garavoge River

A cute little town in the very North of Ireland, just next to Strandhill. Tides will fill the Garavoge River frequently.
BUILT INTO BLUE SKIES
Sligo (Sligeach) - 2019

Sligo Town Hall
AUSTRALIS
Strandhill, County Sligo, Irland - 2019

Wasn't that red ? Not in Ireland but the shape may look familiar to the other End of the World.
When you promenading in Strandhill on the one hand side you'll have this and on the other hand side you'll feel the Atlantic Ocean - within a distance of 2 minutes.
WATER TO BRICKS
Strandhill, County Sligo, Irland - 2019
WATER TO STONE
Banna Strand (Trá na Beannaí ), Ireland - 2017
ELEMENTARY
Banna Strand (Trá na Beannaí ), Ireland - 2017
SWIMMING WITH SHARKS
Keem Bay, Keel West, Keem, County Mayo, Ireland
Achill Island - 2019

Basking Sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) like to patrol here - no problem, they will leave you alone when you are swimming(most of the times...) !
HOUSE WITHOUT HOME
Keem Bay, Keel West, Keem, County Mayo, Ireland
Achill Island - 2019

This sight is difficult to reach by car (unless you don't know fear) or by foot but it is worth it.
Nothing compares to this beautiful bay. When nobody else is around you tend to think the planet left you alone.
Great !
JOY
The Wild Atlantic Way on Achill Island - 2019
(R 319 - L 1405 - Mweelin)

Near Ashleam . . .
JOY II
The Wild Atlantic Way on Achill Island - 2019
(R 319 - L 1405 - Mweelin)
FOLLOW CURVES
The Wild Atlantic Way on Achill Island - 2019
(R 319 - L 1405 - Mweelin)
THE FORTRESS
Kinsale, Charles Fort (1682) - 2017
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Last Update: 18 March 2020
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