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Ready for a break in the clouds

Heavy grey clouds down by Ross Castle, Killarney – very atmospheric for such surroundings, turbulent times in our Irish history, amazing castle but finer than that, more eloquent is the wild garlic, blue bells and native YEW trees adorning the forest floor around the lake shore, come with me! It’s fab!
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Knocksink Wood, Enniskerry, Co WIcklow

Waiting for the sun

Waiting for a shower to pass, then gonna walk the walk and try record the beautiful flowering spring wild garlic that grows along this exceptional walk in Knocksink Wood, an area of natural conservation in Enniskerry…also waiting for the construction boys to down tools behind me for lunch and give the boirds a chance!
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Michael Rodgers SPS with Jake Mac Manus (Trek Ireland) on top of the Spinc, Glendalough

Me and Father Michael Rodgers

Me with Michael Rodgers, SPS (your pilgrim guide on the upcoming Trek Ireland in Glendalough DVD, soon to be released) after the steep climb to the top of the Spinc, enjoying the views out across the valley on a glorious sunny spring day in late April 2015. Michael runs retreats in the locality and brings […]
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Pat Connery Uilleann Piper

Pat Connery Uilleann Piper

Pat Connery gives the gift of music and song to those lucky enough to pass through the hallowed, double arched gateway entrance into the Monastic City of Glendalough – what better way to enjoy the sights then hearing an old Irish tune on the spring air, following the footsteps of saintly monks and scholars. Find […]
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Mick Quinn

Mick Quinn

Mick Quinn, a stalwart local trader who sets up his stall every morning outside the Monastic City of Glendalough. Mick’s seen and heard it all, has stories to beat the band and will chat to any who’s made the effort to visit Glendalough. Be sure to call over, say hello, tell him he looks great […]
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A little piece of Heaven in a flowing river

A little piece of Heaven in a flowing river

After climbing up the steps to the Spinc, then on across the broad ridge towards the head of the valley, on my return, seeing this wee brook, in I got to cool me down – who wouldn’t want to bathe in its lovely waters?
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Red Squirrel, Glendalough

Caught rapid

Walking one day by Poulanass waterfall, Glendalough when out of the grasses comes a lovely red squirrel, darts up the tree, delighted to see as i thought they was extinct Shot on Canon XF100 which will feature in the newly captured Trek Ireland in Glendalough DVD… currently only avail;able on my desktop
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One day

One day you need to walk up! Stop weighting! Jean Jose Paccaud Glendalough Hotel Co. Wicklow (after some pints on a summers day)
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Welcome to the May

Make something beautiful

Make something beautiful The overlying sense of what Trek Ireland is about… one might say too easy if you live on Ireland, but that’s no excuse not to get out there a try
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Audio Technica BP 4025

Sounds of silence

Just received the Audio Technica BP 4025 Stereo XY microphone, they say its a soft mike, really great for capturing ambient nature sounds out on field recordings Great! Can’t wait!
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Welcome to the May

What makes Ireland’s countryside so beautiful? The rain. Where does the rain come from? The sky. Look up! Isn’t she fabulous!
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A stoney tale

Climb no mountain, Swim no sea, Cross no river but live in your hut; And your heart will tell you everything
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Bag of Dulse, Co Antrim

Dillisk (dulse)

Available from all good households along the cliff road from Glenarm to Rathlin Island, county Antrim. The McAllister family have harvested dillisk seaweed from the shoreline for over 3 generations… stop by on your way past and grab a bag, good to eat
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Chill Massage

Everybody needs a good, no great massage every now and then – I’ve found none better than Thai masseuse Chris Hoey, Chill Massage Belfast to keep me joints in working order. Thanks Chris! Ses his website for more info… http://www.chillmassagebelfast.co.uk/
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Rook

A familiar bird of farmland throughout lowland Ireland – active & noisy from early March to May . Glossy black plumage with white facial patch and base of long bill in adults Collins : Complete guide to Irish Wildlife
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Yes I saw it too!

Amazing really – we’ll all be dead the next time this happens so it truely is once in a lifetime experience to catch the moon’s eclipse of the sun. Everything went dark, like twilight and it happened so fast – I felt a resetting effect for the rest of the day, special day really considering […]
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Michael Gibbons – Walking Ireland

Michael Gibbons (right of photo) – one of the best field archaeologists in Ireland – after his talk on submerged archaeology on coastal regions of Ireland with members of Hill Walkers Association of Ireland & Mountain Views website Donald Finn & Jim Holmes Check out Michael’s website for more information http://walkingireland.com/
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Irish Photo Archive

Seanie showing a small selection of the 3.5 million archived photographs streching back over 70 years … You never know.what you.May find in the archives, check them out at Irish Photo Archive
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Owner of Toner’s trekking the hills of Wicklow

Frank Quinn, owner of Toner’s pub on Baggot Street & the Lansdowne Hotel with Jake Mac Manus of Trek Ireland at the Irish Pubs Global gathering 2015. International Irish Pubs now showing Trek Ireland scenic walking videos during their trad music sessions and during relaxed downtime. Pub list to be updated soon enough. Tell your […]
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A fish out of water

Just how easy is it to get an Irish Pub established anyhow? The Irish pub- they’re our unoffical ambassadorial-like embassies y’know The Irish Pub Global Gathering 2015
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The Irish Times

The Irish Times

I got a phone call while in a café from the Irish Times telling me they’d like to do an article on Trek Ireland. You can read it in the link below. Trek Ireland in The Irish Times Hehehe… The Irish Times… Nice!
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Misty Glendalough

Always a pleasure to visit Glendalough, especially ~ar là dheas bog, a soft day, when the air is quiet with the soft pitter-patter of water off trees. A friend of mine reckons this is the fabled City of Númenor . . . regardless of its origins, both seen and unseen, it is a magical place
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Mountain Views website

My first visit to Mountain Views meeting in Dublin – these guys are fantastic – in their own category they have climbed many, if not all, the mountains and hills throughout the length and breadth of Ireland- check them out on www.mountainviews.ie
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10 best reasons to walk in Ireland

Seasoned walker, Helen Fairbairn ( Collins press ) gives her 10 best reasons to go walking in Ireland during her talk at Mountain Views meeting last week; in no particular order here are some of them; No wildlife that can kill you, Solitude, Variety of routes, The climate, The mountains are perfect height for day […]
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The Holy Cross of Lent

Lent begins

For the first time in a lot of years, changes in my lifestyle and growing interest the early Christian church of Celtic Ireland, I’ve decided to begin Lenten penance to renew my body & soul- I’m giving up the drink for 40 days God bless me.
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