A big thanks to Connacht Rugby Club who gave me a Press Pass for the last Rabo Direct Pro 12 league of the season. Connacht lost to Glasgow Warrior 20-3 on a wet night at The Sportsground in Galway. Players in the photograph are (left to right) Eoin McKeon, Ronan Loughney, Brett Wilkinson, Kieran Marmion [...]
Usually on our little explores of abandoned or disused premises we stay above ground. However, for this one we went deep into the bowels of the earth. Well, not quite the bowels, but it was a long way down! This time we headed up to the beautiful North West to the area around Ben Bulben to explore a long disused mine.
Thanks to our guides Shane and Dean who run the brilliant website Abandoned Mines of Ireland we made it safely to the top of some misty mountain where we explored the above ground mine workings.
The rock crusher was reminiscent of some former Soviet Eastern Bloc apartment building or WWII gun emplacement.
Then it was time to head underground. Now where we were heading had made the news headlines the day before when some poor unfortunate (silly) 53 year old woman, who was part of a walking group decided to go exploring the mine herself. She duly fell down an open shaft and nearly killed herself. Full (overly dramatic) details here courtesy of Sligo Today.
This is the said shaft that she fell into.
She was very lucky that the water level was so high and that she missed bouncing off the ledges on the way down. That water is about 75ft deep and is about 12ft down from the ledge. A couple of weeks before she would have fallen about 40 or 50 feet down as the water was much lower.
Anyway, we were well prepared and briefed by our guides so we got to see most of the mine workings including some of the tunnels with the old rail tracks and the air lines which kept the place running.
The old pipework is still intact in places which gave us the opportunity to play with our torches.
Of course there’s nothing like some natural light to add drama to a scene.
And to cap off that feeling of climbing down (or is it up) the “lonely ladder” shot.
So that was a brief summary of our exploration of an abandoned mine. This kind of venture is not for the faint hearted and you really need some experienced people to guide you. We were kitted out with climbing gear, torches and helmets and I was certainly glad of my helmet because I whacked my head a few times. Not sure about bringing good cameras down though because mine needed a power wash afterwards – thank crunchie it’s weather sealed!
Buildings nestled on the banks of a canal in Oxford, England.
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There will be currach racing and other assorted boating happening in Galway Bay this weekend, during An Tóstal – picture above taken in Galway Bay (near the Docks) during the Volvo Ocean Race last year.
Rocks Count Kerry
I adore each of these rocks. I love Kerry's beauty. It is literally endless.
Madeleine Calaido Weber: Paintings in Kerry – On Sale Painted in Cill Rialaig near irish Village Ballinskelligs
My Paintings in Kerry
This is one of my paintings during my Time at Cill Rialaig in Ballinskelligs in 2005. I am very attached to it because it is all about the flow of energy. It is a very powerful image for letting go & the release of resistance. Be like water - the best teacher ever - which we have in abundance here in Kerry. Much time to study its nature ( ;
I also integrated different mineral & quartz crystal powder into the colour as these gemstones have a very high vibration and will benefit the person who is close by. The visual effects can not be seen in this photo - you will need to see the original in order to see the abundance of the magical colours which I worked with ( :
The Original (only) is for sale*
Oil Pastel and mixed media
29.7 x 21 cm
Please contact me for additional info. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
*Note: there will be no fine art prints of this painting as the special colour and minerals are an important part of the aura of this painting and can't be reproduced by Giclée Prints or Photo prints.
ON SALE: Canon EF 85 mm F 1.2 L II USM Lens
Collection in person only - I will not ship this valuable lens. Cash or bank transfer. Meetings can be arranged in Co. Kerry / Price €1650
I am selling my Canon EF 85 mm F 1.2 L II USM Lens - it is in perfect condition- like new. Probably used it 3 or 4 times in the last 4 years. lens hood has some normal wear and tear on it. The lens performance is absolutly stunning - brightest lens of Canon series. Amazing for Portrait and Low light. I rarely used the lens due to my main subject: Panorama Landscapes. Comes with lens hood (used), cap, protection pouch. Pick up in Co. Kerry preferred (flexible)
If you are interested, please call me for further details 085.7803273 or contact me izense(a)gmail.com
Another one of those shots I took on the photowalk last week in Cork City. This is the shopping centre in Paul Street. Tesco is obviously the main tenant!
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