Tralee is the County Town of County Kerry, in the south-west of Ireland. The town is situated at the neck of the Dingle Peninsula, and is the largest town in the county. The Tralee Canal was built as a ship canal to bring trade to Tralee, around 1830. It is now no longer used for large boats, but remains a valued amenity, providing a scenic walk to the coast for local people. I frequently walk by the canal and have taken several photos of the same subject, but at different times and in different lighting conditions. Most of these photos of Tralee Canal are available as limited edition prints only. Others are available in a variety of sizes. Please see my website: http://helene-brennan.com/c112-tralee-canal–county-kerry–photos
The windmill at Blennerville near the Tralee Ship Canal, County Kerry, Ireland
Blennerville Windmill which can be seen here from Tralee canal was built by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett in 1800 but later fell to ruin. In 1981 the Tralee Urban Council purchased the windmill and has developed it as a tourist attraction. It is the largest working windmill in Ireland.
Down at the end of the Tralee canal, past the Blennerville Swingbridge, is the best part of this delightful walk. That’s where you can get away from all traffic noises on the Dingle Road, and hear only the sounds of nature. As you get past the lock gates and walk to the far end where it run into the sea, this is where to stand, or sit on a rock and contemplate the magic of this wonderful place. To observe the beautiful view of the Sliabh Mish Mountains on the Dingle Peninsula, Fenit Harbour on the other side, and the open Atlantic Ocean in between, whilst enjoying the feature that makes this place most special – the sounds of the birds, to be heard from miles along the coast – is a really lovely experience. There are all kinds of sea birds and others, creating a gentle cacophony, offering a splendid and natural opportunity for a relaxing meditation – fantastic, connecting and calming.
This is an image of the Sliabh Mish Mountains, on the Dingle Peninsula, as seen from the end of the Tralee Ship Canal
View of Tralee Canal with Swingbridge and Blennerville Windmill.
There are many of us that complain about the weather in Ireland, and with much justification too! In fact I don’t believe there is any place else in the world where people get so much social conversation out of the topic of the weather. As one takes a walk in any rural environment here, many a stranger will bid you good morning etc, but many go a little further and make a comment like “beautiful day” or “ not a bad day”, or “ ‘s gone cold isn’t it? or perhaps “ miserable oul weather!” Sometimes this may lead into a much longer conversation, which may meander over many other topics, and provide many a satisfying social interaction.
But aside from the social opportunities , one of the wonderful things about Ireland is the changing nature of the landscape as the weather changes and the quality of the light changes with it. This is the thing that makes our environment so special. If you take a walk in the same place each day, or at different times of the day, it never looks the same. I have photographed the same places frequently and each day’s photographing activity produces completely different results, and it is very easy to pick out the images that belong to the same day/time. In this blog I have shown some photos of the Tralee Ship Canal on a November evening. Later I hope to upload some earlier photos from the same place.
A beautiful calm and peaceful evening at the end of the Tralee Ship Canal, near the lock gates, where the canal enters the sea.