The great walls of Trim Castle and the steeple of St. Patrick's Church, Trim, under the waxing moon at twilight.
If you're in the Boyne Valley area today, pop along to the Midsummer Artisan Market at Millmount in Drogheda. Mythical Ireland is here, selling high-quality photographs of the landmarks, monuments and landscape of this very historic valley. We have something to suit every budget and taste. Hope to see you here.
Trim Castle, located in the town of Trim in County Meath, is the largest Norman castle in Ireland, covering an area of 30,000m2. It is splendidly preserved, and is beautifully illuminated at night, something that makes it a particular delight to photograph. It is built on raised ground overlooking a ford (crossing point) of the River Boyne. The town of Trim is said to take its name from an event in the Táin Bó Cuailnge, in which the great bulls, the white Finnbennach and the brown Donn Cuailnge, battle to the death. Donn Cuailnge wins, and carries the carcase of Finnbennach on his horns around Ireland. He drops pieces of the white bull in different places. At Trim, the liver of the Finnbennach dropped into the river, hence the name Troma or Áth Troim, the ford of the liver.
Kerb stone 67, one of just three highly-decorated kerb stones at Newgrange / Síd in Broga. At nearby Knowth, where there are 127 kerb stones, 90 of them are decorated. Why such a dearth of megalithic art at Newgrange, where just three of 97 stones are heavily decorated? Yes, there are other decorated stones, but the megalithic art on those is generally more sparse. (Some of it is admittedly very worn). But why, when Newgrange was apparently the last of the three great monuments of Brú na Bóinne to be built (after Dowth and Knowth), is there so little art?
Joey. Drogheda's handball champion Joey Maher (born 1934, died 2016) is memorialised with this bronze statue erected at South Quay in 2008, he continues to shine in the evening twilight.
The mists of time ... a fog-shrouded Mound B, with Newgrange behind up on the ridge, at twilight. In prehistoric times, men and women hauled huge stones from the River Boyne (foreground) a kilometre or so up to the ridge for the construction of the great chambered cairn of Newgrange.
Night traffic. A long exposure shot showing Saint Mary's Bridge and Shop Street with traffic, taken from the Bull Ring, Drogheda.
The interior of the passage at Cairn T, the Hag's Cairn, at Loughcrew in Co. Meath. The orthostats (passage upright stones) are heavily decorated. In the dim interior, some enhanced lighting helps to really accentuate the megalithic engravings, carved into the stones here over 5,000 years ago.
Bullring traffic at the blue hour. Late night Saturday in summer and the twilight lasts until well after 11pm as the traffic comes and goes through the ancient heart of Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Good morning everyone! Here's a shot of beautiful Drogheda from the air, showing the old Bull Ring area and Saint Mary's Church like a great beacon, glowing in the golden hour before sunset, and Scotch Hall, the port and the Boyne Viaduct. Feel free to like and share. As usual, contact me by private message or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to own a print of this photo.
Sunset behind the great iron span of the Boyne Viaduct in Drogheda on a glorious summer evening.
Newgrange and the U-shaped cursus clearly defined in the low early morning sun. This one is from a couple of months ago, when winter was still lurking in the Boyne Valley.
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