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Tuesday, 06 September 2011
Arms and ammunition


I’m sure that many comparisons can be drawn between Ireland and the USA.  The one that came to mind in this shop was that the Irish appear to love nature as much as the Americans, as evidenced by all the hunting equipment and weapons on display and for sale.


The really dangerous stuff was kept in this safe.

Posted by bigblue on 06/09/2011 at 08:17 AM
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Monday, 05 September 2011
Upstream and downstream


The Garavogue River (once known as the Sligo River) looking up and downstream in the town centre.


Wikipedia tells us that the name, Garavogue, comes from the Irish “garbh óg” meaning “young rough”, and that it is a “short and small” river located in County Sligo, Ireland. The source is at Lough Gill, from where it winds its way through Sligo town and into Sligo Bay.  The confluence of river and bay (as in many other places) is the original reason for human settlement here, going back to the stone age and beyond.

Posted by bigblue on 05/09/2011 at 08:37 AM
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Sunday, 04 September 2011
Irish skies


As we find ourselves in a rather grey and dull autumn here in South East England, I’m remembering those heavenly views from last month’s trip to Ireland: the clouds, the light and the blue sky.

Posted by bigblue on 04/09/2011 at 10:03 PM
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Sunday, 28 August 2011
silver-washed fritillary butterfly


I spotted this creature in the Castle gardens in Glenveagh National Park recently.  According to the Irish Butterflies website it is a Silver-washed Fritillary. In Gaelic it is known as the Fritileán Geal, and is the largest of the fritillaries found in Ireland. The butterfly is found in woods and wooded hedgerows. It is found throughout Ireland but is more common in the Southern parts.

The flower in the photograph is a South African alien which seems to be doing very well over there.

Posted by bigblue on 28/08/2011 at 02:13 PM
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Wednesday, 24 August 2011


In the supermarket in Ireland you can buy a bag of seaweed in the grocery section for EUR 5.95. Tourists can also buy a “seaweed bath” for EUR 25. This consists of a normal bath with seaweed in it. Does anyone else see some opportunities for a home cottage industry?

Posted by bigblue on 24/08/2011 at 08:55 AM
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Monday, 22 August 2011
Colgagh Lough


According to an information panel at this site, the lough is:

a small shallow lake in a roughly circular shape, with a diameter of 400-500 metres when full. It is one in a series of small lakes here in north Sligo all without any clear outflow, but which are thought be be linked to Lough Gill (which lies to the South) by underground rivers. Colgagh is set in an area of limestone and the particularly porous nature of the bedrock here can lead to a dramatic drop in water level - at times the lake can get very shallow indeed. Colgagh is a fine fishing lake with good stocks of brown trout and perch. Its reed-fringed banks are a rich feeding ground for wintering birds and species that are seen here annually include Mallard, Little Grebe and Teal. In the summer Sedge Warblers and Reed Bunting are known to visit.

In this photograph, on the opposite (right) bank of the lough can be seen the small Glogher graveyard and church (17th Century) and beyond it Magheraghanrush (Deerpark), site of a sacred court tomb, dating to 3500 BC.

I took this photograph from the viewpoint on the R286. Click on the photograph for a bigger view of the panorama.

Posted by bigblue on 22/08/2011 at 08:19 AM
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Sunday, 21 August 2011
+55° 5’ 30.13”, -8° 1’ 1.00”


On the unnamed road between Glenveagh National Park and An Fál Carrach is this amazing geographical feature, at the base of which is a quarry.  In fact the geography of the North West Coast of Ireland is generally impressive.

Click on the picture for a larger version of this panorama.

I found out that the mountain is known as Muckish Mountain (meaning “Pig’s Back” mountain). Here’s a short video of the walk to the prehistoric cairn on the summit:
Muckish Mountain Walk.

Posted by bigblue on 21/08/2011 at 08:49 AM
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Saturday, 20 August 2011
Pushing the bike out


During rush hour in Sligo.  The pub in the background Shoot the Crows, which has mixed reviews over on, is famous for its painted windows and murals.

Posted by bigblue on 20/08/2011 at 08:27 AM
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