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!
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!
The sun rising the other way, morning time – two lone islands
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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
One day you need to walk up! Stop weighting! Jean Jose Paccaud Glendalough Hotel Co. Wicklow (after some pints on a summers day)
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
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!
What makes Ireland’s countryside so beautiful? The rain. Where does the rain come from? The sky. Look up! Isn’t she fabulous!
Climb no mountain, Swim no sea, Cross no river but live in your hut; And your heart will tell you everything
The Glens of Antrim – Glennariff river walk, looks beautiful in any season, just wait till May or autumn in September
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
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/
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
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 […]
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/
Celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015 with great discounts to learn Irish with Gaelchultur, online, with books or in person http://eepurl.com/bfJiqb
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
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 […]
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
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!
New bud leaves under misty rain at 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
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
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 […]
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.