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Posts tagged ‘County Galway’

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CONNEMARA LAKE

CONNEMARA BOAT

Ireland is experiencing the longest heatwave since 1966 and a drought as well (IRELAND…very warm and dry??????….unheard of!),  so an afternoon in the middle of Kylemore Lake in Connemara, County Galway sounds very attractive.  With the looming mountains providing shade, the imposing presence of Kylemore Abbey providing a gorgeous backdrop and the prospect of a stroll around the lake and walled gardens….it all makes for a lovely fantasy.

Copyright 2013                           Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: INIS MOR, ARAN ISLANDS

STONE WALLS, INIS MOR

Anywhere you travel in Ireland, you’ll see mile after mile of stone walls.  These were constructed to serve 3 purposes:  marking of property boundaries, shelter for animals in bad weather and, finally, to get rid of stones in the fields.  These are  always built without mortar and with small openings which allows the wind to blow through rather than knocking the wall down.

Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, lies off the west coast of Ireland, is part of County Galway and measures 8 miles long by 2 miles wide (13 km x 3 km).  There are more than 7000 MILES of stone walls on the island!

Copyright 2013                         Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: GALWAY BAY

GALWAY BAY

So many of Ireland’s well-known towns and cities are located along the coast of the island.  Galway, on the Atlantic Ocean, has even had a very lovely song written about Galway Bay, pictured above.  It is a very lively place with great music, culture and craic (fun)!

Copyright 2013                Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: SKY ROAD, CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY

CONNEMARA CASTLE

I’m sure this castle has a name but I don’t know it.  It’s located off the Sky Road, outside Clifden, in County Galway, Ireland.  This image is just so quintessentially Irish……castle ruins, relentless ivy covering it, emerald fields, stone walls, gentle mountains, the Atlantic Ocean…..it has it all!

Copyright 2012      Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: CLIFDEN, CO. GALWAY

CLIFDEN, COUNTY GALWAY

This view of the little town of Clifden,  (the “capital” of Connemara) County Galway, Ireland,  entranced me with its ethereal, dream-like quality.  The shadows of the clouds crossing the mountains made for an ever-changing pattern of light and dark.  The aptly named  Sky Road begins here and continues west to the end of the peninsula in a  12 km loop of spectacular scenery.

Copyright 2012    Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: KILLARY HARBOUR, CO. GALWAY, SHEEP

This is Killary Harbour, the only fjord in Ireland, in County Galway.  The dramatic  fjord is 16km long and reaches depths of almost 150 feet and is a prime location for the growing of mussels.  The pretty village of Leenane  perches on its edge, the locale for the movie “The Field” starring Richard Harris.  As you can see, sheep also perch along its edges!  And they have the right of way!

Copyright 2012     Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BALLINABOY BEACH, CO. GALWAY

BALLINABOY, CONNEMARE, COUNTY GALWAY

I was so taken with the colors of the water (so like that in Jupiter, Florida)that at first I didn’t notice the lone reader on the beach.  Ballinaboy in Connemara, County Galway, is really just a spot on the map, but, oh what a beautiful spot!  I even collected a sample of the soft, white sand for a friend.

Copyright 2012           Mary Jane E Clark

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