All Around Ireland
By Michelle Meagher, Editorial Assistant
September 26, 2013
Michelle Meagher’s photographs of her first trip to Ireland.
Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow.
This panoramic view of the Wicklow Mountains and Lake is my favorite of all the pictures I captured on my very first trip to Ireland over the summer. My boyfriend, Brendan, who acted as my tour guide, pulled over on an almost nonexistent shoulder so I could take a few photographs of one of Ireland’s most breathtaking landscapes. The depth and clarity of this picture really gives you a sense of the mountain’s enormous range, which extends for miles and can be seen fading within the periphery of this photograph. It was truly humbling for me to be in the presence of such vast beauty.
The narrow roadway up to this point was nail-bitingly treacherous, and both road and scenery had my heart rate going – for two different reasons, of course! The view through the Wicklow Mountains, and this picture in particular, is incomparable to any other place I’ve seen in Europe. You must be wary you don’t take your eyes off the road for too long to gaze upon these gorgeous green giants lest you plummet down the unforgiving valleys or collide with oncoming traffic. My advice is, better to pull over where you can enjoy this outstanding view and take it all in.
More photos below – click on each image to enlarge:
A view of the nature and windy roads through the Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow.
The Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, County Clare.
This picture was taken en-route to Belmullet, County Mayo on R313. The rain had just passed and the sun lit up this great open field. Another quick photo-op was in order.
On R313 in County Mayo.
A double rainbow on R313.
In the city of Westport, County Mayo.
I enjoyed the best pint of Guinness I’ve ever tasted and an impromptu traditional seisiún at Una’s Pub in Faulmore, County Mayo.
Traveling from Aughavas to Ballinamore, County Leitrim, the town my grandmother emigrated from.
The Giant’s Causeway, a World Heritage Site located in Bushmills, County Antrim in Northern Ireland.
The Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, County Antrim.
Me and Brendan at the Giant’s Causeway.