The Old Rectory

The Old Rectory, Trim, Co. Meath

A guided tour of The Old Rectory by Martina Quinn.

Following on from Noel French’s guided tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral a few weeks back, we made our way across Loman Street to the beautiful Old Rectory.  This magnificent house is owned by Martina Quinn and she kindly gave us (and there was a lot of us) a very informative tour from top to bottom – literally – she even brought down into the basement.

Martina Quinn outside The Old Rectory

Martina outside The Old Rectory

In the front sitting room, Martina gave us the history of the house and some of it’s occupants over the years. I’m not going into all that here but it was very interesting and one thing that did come across was Martina’s passion and love of the house.

Learning about The Old Rectory

Learning about The Old Rectory

Even to rector from St. Patrick’s Cathedral was enthralled.

Rector in Old Rectory Trim.

Listening intently

We got to see all the rooms on all four floors but this landing caught my attention with the light streaming in through the window onto the gorgeous wooden floors. The hat stand was a bonus.

Hat stand in the Old Rectory, Trim.

The Hat Stand

From the bright landing down to the dark lower floors we were greeted by the most amazing collection of books – all owned by Martina’s brother. Neatly wrapped in brown paper and tied up with old fashioned string, each bundle was catalogued and numbered.  You even got to see whether they were clean or soiled copies! Who knows what treasures lie within.

Bundles of books in the Old Rectory, Trim.

Soiled Copies

And for the photographer pixel peepers, this one was ISO 12,800 f3.5 1/60th on the 24-70mm f2.8.  Not bad, huh?

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The Baltimore Beacon

The Baltimore Beacon

The Baltimore Beacon was the scene of a terrible tragedy on Tuesday when three people lost their lives in the sea there.

It emerged yesterday that the four-strong party — the other being Mr Ryan’s teenage daughter, Charlotte Davis Ryan — may have been fishing rather than walking when tragedy struck.

It is understood that Ms O’Connor may have been knocked into the water first by a wave, and Mr Davis Ryan went to save her.

It is understood that Mr Ryan asked then his daughter to raise the alarm, and that conscious of the lack of mobile phone signal in the area, she ran up the hill towards the Beacon, quickly borrowed a phone from some tourists and made the call. Valentia Coast Guard confirmed yesterday that the emergency call was made from a foreign mobile number.

By then, Mr Ryan had entered the water in an attempt to rescue his son and his girlfriend. The time between the emergency call being received at 6.36pm and the lifeboats arriving at the scene at 6.50pm and taking Mr Ryan and Ms O’Connor from the water was described as “seriously fast” by Valentia Coast Guard.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/160s

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Toggingout2015 – Bray Photowalk

So for the first time in years I attended a photowalk. The voting for Bray won out and on Sunday 9 of us photographers wandered the seafront snapping a little but more so having the craic and spending time catching up with each other again.


The day itself was hot, very hot! Bray was insanely busy and probably not the best for taking photos, but we plodded on down the promenade and took a few pictures. As I knew would be the case more time was spent talking then taking photos as it has been a while since there has been a photowalk.


Anyhow, unlike like me, I only took a handful of photos and I am glad to put them up in a little slide show below for you to enjoy.


Thank you everyone who turned up, and also to the people that could not but wished they could, the message is clear we need to be doing more photowalks, more often!

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