It was a fairly short walk, a few weeks ago, on Mount Eagle, which is on the west end of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. I didn’t go to the top, but it was just a bit of much needed uphill exercise and an opportunity to take a few photos along the way. I have of course taken many photos on this route before, but in this climate the views are ever changing.
The winter colours are so lovely in the October sunshine.
Mount Brandon in the distance, above and below, so clear with no heavy cloud on top.
Dingle Bay, above, with the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry, across the water. The peaks of Carauntoohil, Irelands highest mountain can be seen.
The Blasket Islands, above and below.
Views over the fields of Dunquin, in these last few pics.
On my website I have many more photos taken from this mountain, many from the top also. Please take a look, using this taglink:
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THE BLASKET ISLANDS – TODAY’S VIEWS
The Blaskets, a group of Islands off the coast of the west end of the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland. Famous for their beauty and their history. On my website there are several photos of the Islands and on Great Blasket, the largest of the Islands, on which there was once a thriving community. See: http://www.helene-brennan.com/c53-photographs-of-the-blasket-islands-
The ruin in the above photo is the schoolhouse from the movie Ryan’s Daughter. See my earlier post about this: https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/time-changes-everything-the-schoolhouse-from-the-ryans-daughter-movie-2/
View of Blasket Islands and Dunmore Head from the slip descending to the pier.
Below is a photo of Inis Tuaisceart.
Inis Tuaisceart, AKA The Sleeping Giant, one of the Blasket Island Group, above.
The Blasket Islands from Ballyickeen Commons, Dunquin.
Great Blasket Island.
Blasket Islands, from Ballyickeen.
The Tiaracht, one of the Blasket Island Group.
The Blasket Islands from The Clasach, Dunquin.
The links below will take you to my previous posts about the Blasket Islands.
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 1)
Great Blasket Island – Photographs, Comments, Stories (Part 2)
Great Blasket Island, Part 3
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More Blasket Islands photos on my website:
Sometimes I enjoy taking photos that show how things change over time. The schoolhouse from the Ryan’s Daughter movie is one such subject that has caught my attention.
On this wonderful awe inspiring peninsula in 1968 a film crew from MGM descended to make a movie, directed by David Lean, which, though not immediately popular with the critics, became a huge box office success. Many local people were extras in the movie, or worked in some capacity for the film company and still have many memories and stories of the events of that time. Imagine how exciting it was to the people in an area which, at that time, in spite of its exceptional natural beauty was economically struggling. The exposure of this marvellous place to a wider world contributed greatly to the increase in visitors the Dingle Peninsula has enjoyed over the years since then.
Most of the set built for the story was destroyed when filming was finished, but the schoolhouse still remains, in an increasingly ruinous state, perched on the coast of Dunquin and with marvellous views of the Blasket Islands. Most visitors don’t even know it’s there. The name Kirrary National School still to be seen there means nothing to most people. (Kirrary was a fictitious place.) There has been talk of restoring the building. That could be interesting.
Since I started to prepare this blog I discovered that there is another wordpress blogger who has written on this topic. For more in depth information and images of the schoolhouse from the time of filming, see SMcP Blogfeast’s very interesting blog:
You can check out this on Wikipedia:
Also to see more images from the Dunquin area of the Dingle Peninsula please visit my website:
Here are some photos taken in October this year (2015) as well as some taken in September 2013. As you can see the timbers have now been ripped from the roof with the storms that have raged since.
On the path coming down Mount Eagle, the views are stunning. Here you can see Dunquin and the Island of Inis Tuaisceart, (The Sleeping Giant) one of the islands of the Blasket group, off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland.
Please check out my other Dunquin photos on http://helene-brennan.com/tag/dunquin
One of the most wonderful places to be on the Dingle Peninsula. Inis Tiaracht and Inis Tuaisceart (Sleeping Giant) – both islands of the Blasket group, are on the horizon, left to right.
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The warm colors of evening sun on the ruins of Great Blasket Island. The island’s beautiful beach lies behind.
More paintings of the Blasket Islands on my website: