I spent a fantastic few days last weekend in Dingle. Friday was taken up with traveling and stoped off on the way in Killarney. Later in the evening we met up with friends for a drink in O’Sullivan’s Courthouse pub where the trad music and the craic was ideal.
The weather cleared on the Saturday and I set of on the ‘Slea Head Drive’ which took me all around the Dingle peninsula. There were amazing views of the Blasket Islands, Dún Beag, Dunmore Head and the Three sisters.
I took nearly 1000 frames so it’s going to take me a while to get through them but here are a few to be going on with.
The craggy rocks of Slea Head.
I have been wanting to shoot these rocks for a long time. They are the Blasket Islands in the background.
Irish Cottage and Pony.
To me this is a classic ‘Ireland’ shot. The pony and the thatch cottage. He was really very friendly and posed for me with patience.
The Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland. They were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population.
In the 1920s and 1930s the Blasket Island writers produced books which are deemed classics in the world of literature. They wrote of Island people living on the very edge of Europe, and brought to life the topography, life and times of their Island. They wrote all of their stories in the Irish language.
Sadly, the Blasket Islands community declined as a result of the persistent emigration of its young people, until eventually the Islands were evacuated in 1953 when only 22 inhabitants remained. Many of the descendants currently live in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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