The Daily Post photo challenge: tour guide to Dublin

I post a lot about my city, Dublin. Last week’s photo challenge asked us to show what we loved about where we lived. Ok, I’m a week late (again), but I thought I’d show you some elements of this fair city, a place Lonely Planet called ‘a charismatic and confounding city’. Below are some of the things I love about Dublin.

The nightlife

Temple Bar (low res)

The literature
The quirkiness
The history
The shapes

The Daily Post photo challenge: serene

Here’s my entry for this week’s The Daily Post weekly photo challenge: serene.

Image: Landscape of the Kerry coast

Kerry coast (low res)

Taken on a visit to Skellig Michael in October 2016, this image, Landscape of the Kerry coast,  is what serene feels like to me. It was an unusually sunny day in October and we were lucky to get on the island as it was the last weekend the island was accessible to visitors for the year. Looking out from this sixth century monastic settlement and UNESCO World Heritage site, the Kerry coast appears as if from the brush strokes of Paul Henry.

For anyone not familiar with Skellig Michael, it is one of two islands 11km from Portmagee in Co. Kerry. It was home to a sixth century monastic settlement that can be visited between April and October only with designated boat tour operators. It has been made famous more recently by its inclusion in the Stars Wars movie. It is well worth a visit and I am adding it to my list of trips for 2018. You should too.

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Temporary

Here’s my entry for this week’s The Daily Post photo challenge: temporary.

It’s an image of an art piece (part of a larger project) by Irish artist Joe Caslin. ‘The Volunteers’ was put on the facade of House 2 in Front Square in Trinity College Dublin in June of this year and delicately peeled off a few weeks later.

The Volunteers (s)

A Photo A Week Challenge: Halloween

Here’s my entry to Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge for this week: Halloween.

These images are from Macnas’ street performance as part of the Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin this year. Macnas are a performance company based in Galway (founded in 1986), and this year’s parade closed the festival.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bricks or Stones

Here’s my entry to Cee’s black & white photo challenge: bricks or stones.

This image captures the cobblestones in Trinity College Dublin, with the Campanile (bell tower) in the background. Trinity was founded in 1592 and is celebrating its 425th birthday this year. Visitors come to walk around its historic grounds, like Front Square in this image, or see the Book of Kells Exhibition, Zoological Museum or the Science Gallery.

Cobblestones (low res)