Photo of the Week
The Forest Chair (26 May 2019)
Our photo of the week was taken by Hugh Rogers and features this carved forest chair which you can find on the lower trails of Kilbroney Forest. Hugh is from Annalong at the foot of the majestic Mourne Mountains. He takes a lot of pictures from around Carlingford Lough and visits Omeath and Carlingford regularly. Hugh is an amateur photographer and uses a DSLR camera and phone with a little edit now and again. We think his pictures are stunning and you can see more by following him on Instagram @hugrogers.
Kilbroney Forest Park is situated in Rostrevor, Co. Down and offers a wide range of activities and facilities including a children’s play area, picnic areas and a café as well as a caravan and camping site.
Castle Roche (19 May 2019)
This week’s photo features this stunning black and white image from Conor McEneaney.
Castle Roche (more commonly called Roche Castle) has dominated the landscape north west of Dundalk for almost 800 years. The castle was completed by 1236 for Rohesia de Verdun whom according to local legend, pushed her husband to his death from their bedroom window.
Conor is from Dundalk and in recent years has been more focused on visual art in the form of photography, particularly landscapes and black & white. He is drawn to the dynamic and changeable conditions of the Irish coastline.
Check out Conor’s website and social media accounts to view more of his stunning photography.
Clarke Station (12 May 2019)
Our photo of the week features the no. 85 Merlin arriving into Clarke Station and was taken by Darran Rafferty. The Merlin, which dates from 1932, is the last remaining full-sized compound locomotive at work anywhere in the UK and Ireland. Merlin is on long term loan to the Society from the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, although her tender belongs to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. (Read more about the no. 85 Merlin here)
Darran works in the Dundalk Democrat and is a keen photographer. For the past 6 years he has produced local calendars featuring some stunning photography from around the Dundalk area.
You can view more of Darran’s work on his web and social media pages:
Instagram: @darranrafferty, @dundalktownphotos
Twitter: @DarranR, @DundalkTnPhotos
Greenore Railway Memories (05 May 2019)
In 1954 a long battle to save the Dundalk-Greenore-Newry railway line failed and one of the most scenic train routes in the country was lost. Its stunning views are evident in this week's photo of the week.
This is one of the bridge crossings which is now near the 7th tee on Greenore Golf course and it boosts stunning views of Carlingford Lough and the Mountains of Mourne. An Industrial Heritage Survey of Railways in Counties Monaghan and Louth by Fred Hamond and Charles Friel presents the results of a survey of the disused railways of counties Monaghan and Louth and contains a wealth of information about the remaining bridges/level crossings/stations houses of the original railway line.
For more information click here
Bluebells and Bracken (28 April 2019)
If you go into the woods today … you’ll be greeted with a beautiful carpet of vibrant bluebells amongst an enchanting tree canopy. Since 1998, native bluebells have been protected by Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act in the UK. If you visit the bluebells in BigWood, Warrenpoint, please do not trample them or pick them and use the designated paths/trails.
Bluebell woods are particularly sensitive to footfall and if their leaves are damaged they can struggle to grow back. The Irish Bluebell population is significant internationally as it is globally threatened due to destruction of habitat and hybridisation with the Spanish Bluebell.
In folklore, bluebells are often called ‘fairy flowers’ and it is said that the bluebell flower’s bell could call the fairies when rung. A white bluebell occurs once in every 10,000 so you will spot an occasional white bluebell amongst the sea of blue. In the words of Emily Bronte
“The Bluebell is the sweetest flower,
That waves in summer air:
Its blossoms have the mightiest power,
To soothe my spirit’s care.”
Memories from Corrakit, Omeath (21 April 2019)
Today's photo comes from Sinéad Larkin from Dromintee, South Armagh, who now lives in Belfast but continues to be a frequent visitor to the Cooley peninsula.
The photo is very personal in nature being the home of Sinéad's grandparents Francis & Minnie O'Hagan (nee O'Neill from Glenmore). The house at Corrakit, Omeath is no longer occupied but is lovingly maintained by Sinéad's uncle Charlie O'Hagan, who, when building his own house did not demolish the house in recognition of its significance to the O'Hagan clan, 17 generations of the family having been reared in the house.
The O'Hagan homestead sits above Omeath at the foot of Slieve Foy overlooking the stunning Carlingford Lough towards Warrenpoint and the Mournes beyond.
In years gone by it and the area in which it sits was the childhood playground of Sinéad and her siblings who travelled on a weekly basis to stay with their grandparents. And what a spectacular playground it was and remains. Nestled in beneath Slieve Foy with Anna Bog and the Long Womans Grave within easy reach the opportunities to create many happy memories which remain vivid to this day were ample. Thankfully the area remains virtually unchanged.
Views from Slieve Binnian (14 April 2019)
This week's photo comes from Conrad Madden and features stunning views overlooking Ben Crom Reservoir from the north side slope of Slieve Binnian. In the distance is Slieve Bearnagh to the left and Slieve Donard far right. To view the dam walk from Carrick Little car park on the Head Road, Annalong. Well worth the walk to witness these stunning views.
Conrad is based in Warrenpoint and loves getting up into the hills with the camera to capture the beauty of what we have on our doorstep. You can view more of Conrad’s work on his website:
and keep an eye out on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Conrad-Madden-Photography-Video-176046169073624 and his twitter page https://www.twitter.com/CMPWarrenpoint for some amazing photographs and video showcasing our beautiful surroundings.
The Fairy Glen (07 April 2019)
Earlier in the week we travelled to Rostrevor and took in the beauty of Kilbroney Park and the Fairy Glen. Belfast born CS Lewis spent a lot of time in Mourne country and referring to the area said
"I yearn to see County Down in the snow, one almost expects to see a march of dwarfs dashing past. How I long to break into a world where such things were true"
and in a letter to his brother he said
"That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia"
This picture is of 'The Fairy Glen' / 'Gleann Sí' - the home of the 'wee folk' which stands at the entrance to the beautiful Kilbroney Forest Park, the home of the Narnia trail which leads you into a magical world. Check out more things to do around Rostrevor on our website: http://www.lochcairlinn.com/Towns/Rostrevor
Seatruck Performance (31 March 2019)
Our photo of the week comes from Jason Ruddy who lives in Warrenpoint. It features the Seatruck Performance heading into Warrenpoint Port on a calm Carlingford Lough earlier in the week. Jason is a keen photographer and you can follow him on Twitter (@jasonruddy04) or Instagram (@jason_ruddy87).
The Seatruck Performance is now a familiar sight on Carlingford Lough along with its sister ship Seatruck Precision. It was built in 2012 and currently sailing under the flag of The Isle of Man. It is one of four identical 'Roro 2200' design sister ships designed and built for Seatruck Ferries in Germany. From September 2012 - August 2018 the cargo ship was renamed to Stena Performer for use on the Stena line Belfast to Heysham route. On Friday 31st August 2018 she departed Heysham as 'Seatruck Performance' in her reapplied seatruck livery for her first crossing to Warrenpoint arriving around 7am on 1st September. (https://www.niferry.co.uk/seatruck-performance-9506227/)
Moonlight over Carlingford Lough (24 March 2019)
Our photo of the week features a beautiful moonlight over Carlingford Lough. We dedicate this to the 3 young people who tragically lost their lives in the Carlingford area last week. Rest in Peace Ruth Maguire, Shane McAnallen and Martin Patterson. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank An Garda Síochána, The Irish Coastguards and Rescue 116, Greenore & Clogherhead Coastguards, South Down Coastguards, Mourne Mountain Rescue, Clogherhead, Kilkeel and Newcastle RNLI, HM Coastguard, Irish Red Cross and all the local residents who helped out.
Sheep and Snow on the Cooley Peninsula (17 March 2019)
Our photo of the week comes from Alice Duffy. She captured this unusual scene featuring blue skies, eager sheep and snow covered Cooley mountains last Monday. Alice is originally from Jenkinstown, but has been living in America since 1991. She has spent, 18 years in Chicago, Illinois and has been living in Dallas, Fort Worth since 2010. Texas people remind her a lot of Irish people, very welcoming and laid back. Texas scenery however is so flat,miles and miles of farmland fields mostly for cattle rearing. She likes to come home as often as she can and loves taking in the "air" at Greenore and Carlingford, enjoying the Cooley mountains and farm life.
"You have to go away to appreciate the beauty of the peninsula ! Its fabulous. There is no place like home !"
Narrow Water Keep (10 March 2019)
A photo taken of Narrow Water Keep in Carlingford Lough by Gavin Curtis, a local pilot based in Newry. Gavin is a keen flyer and his aerial photography has attracted interest from other pilots further afield who plan future visits to the local Carlingford Lough area. Gavin flies extensively in Europe but it is his Carlingford Lough photos that have won recognition including ‘Photo of the Month’ in the Pilots Magazine. Some of Gavins trips can be followed on https://youtu.be/GhmxeXiumCo or https://youtu.be/mKjy1R9wlB8
The Silent Valley from Slieve Binnian (03 March 2019)
Thanks to James M Carlisle for this stunning capture of the Silent Valley from Slieve Binnian earlier in the week.
James is a 66 year old retired civil engineer. He is from North Wales originally but has lived in Carrickmacross this last 20 years.
He walks extensively in the Mournes and the Cooley's.
You can follow James on Twitter @JamesCarlislef1 and instagram @mckenzief1
Slieve Bearnagh and the Mourne Wall (24 February 2019)
Our photo of the week features the famous Mourne Wall stunningly captured by Paddy Higgins. Paddy is an amateur photographer from Warrenpoint. His main passion is Landscape and Seascape photography but he also enjoys doing studio portrait shots. He loves to travel and has recently returned from a 3 week overland trip through Spain and Morocco where he drove over the snow covered Atlas Mountains and wild camped in the Sahara desert. Paddy always trys to get to the Mournes at least once a week. His favourite peak is Bearnagh and his favourite walk is to follow the Trassey River up to Hare's Gap then across Slievenaglogh, Slieve Corragh and up to the summit of Slieve Commedagh.
Check out some of Paddy's photographs on his twitter account: @higginspaddy or his instagram account: @paddyhiggins
Carlingford's Shops and Pubs (17 February 2019)
This great collage of photos of some of Carlingford's Shops and Pubs is taken from a larger album of photos from Niccolò Mancini and features as our photo of the week. Niccolò is from Milan, Italy but is living in Dundalk and is a keen photographer. You can view the full album of pictures on his facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/hodos.fotografia
Proleek Dolmen (10 February 2019)
The Proleek Dolmen is set in the grounds of Ballymascanlon Hotel and it is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb /dolmen in Ireland. It dates to about 3000BC and is over 3m in height and has a huge capstone that weighs over 35 tons. This picture was taken earlier in the week. You can find out more about the Proleek Dolmen here: http://www.lochcairlinn.com/Places/Proleek-Dolmen
Sunset over the Mournes (03 February 2019)
Hope you enjoy this beautiful photo from Jen Duffield. It is a view of the Mournes at sunset from the windy gap in Dromara and is one of Jen's favourite views.
Jen is a keen photographer and sunset is her favourite time to photograph the Mournes. She spends most of her free time photographing the Dromara hills or hiking the Mournes with her camera. You can follow Jen on twitter at @jennyd198 and on instagram at @its_a_jenny_thing
Snowy Slieve Foye (27 January 2019)
This week's photo of the week comes from Derek Watters. It's the summit of Slieve Foye, Co Louth's high point at 588m taken last Tuesday. The first snow of 2019 fell on Monday night with an additional fall on Tuesday. Windchill was -7C. Derek is a qualified mountain leader and climbs Slieve Foye almost daily (300 times in 2018). He does miss the occasional day but never a snow day! He is passionate about mountain safety and can't emphasise enough that people should be mindful of the dangers on the mountains.
Dancing Light (19 January 2019)
This week's photo of the week comes from Dara Curran. This was taken from a walk in Kilbroney Forest Park earlier this week, where Dara found the perfect resting stop to take in the dancing light over Carlingford Lough. Dara is no stranger to the mountains around Carlingford Lough and is a keen photographer. You can follow him on twitter @hashtagdara and instagram: https://www.instagram.com/backpackandcraic/
View from the Bridge (12 January 2019)
Our photo of the week comes from Steve Cheeseman who is a captain with Seatruck Ferries. He captured this beautiful sunrise at Warrenpoint last Tuesday morning. He is in Warrenpoint most days and thinks that it is definitely one of the nicest ports in the world!
Winter Sun (06 January 2019)
A view over the entrance of Carlingford Lough. The sun came out for a while to warm these two, giving a nice orange glow to the scenery
Shelling Hill Beach (29 December 2018)
This week's' photo was sent into us from Audri Marrs who is visiting the area from Denver, Colorado.
A beautiful December sun setting on Shelling Hill Beach.
The Peace Stone (23 December 2018)
This week’s photo of the week features ‘The Peace Stone’, Warrenpoint.
This granite standing stone on the promenade at Warrenpoint was dedicated to peace as part of millennium peace promoting projects in August 2000.
Cooley Sunrise (16 December 2018)
"There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them"
This week's photo of the week comes from Ann Larkin. She captured this beautiful sunrise earlier in the week on a morning walk on the Cooley Peninsula. We love the colours and the reflection of the sky in the puddles.
'Tis the season (10 December 2018)
This week's photo of the week features the beautiful Christmas lights at Fitzpatricks Bar and Restaurant in Jenkinstown on the Cooley Peninsula. Well worth a visit to check out the decorations alone.
Rainbow (02 December 2018)
This week's photo of the week comes all the way from New York. Catriona Cullum is a RN (Registered Nurse) in NYC. Her mother is from Mucklagh on the Cooley Peninsula. When in Ireland she spends as much time in Mucklagh as she can and her picture shows a beautiful rainbow over Mucklagh.
Carlingford Lough (27 November 2018)
A view of the majestic mournes from a still and peaceful Carlingford Lough at Carlingford. Even on a cloudy day the view is stunning.
Gyles Quay (18 November 2018)
Gyles Quay is a small seaside village and was named after Ross Gyles who built a wooden pier there in 1780 which was replaced with the present day stone pier in 1824. In the 19th century its location made it convenient for illegal smuggling of wine and tobacco. To help curb this smuggling a coast guard watch station was constructed in 1823. A small village grew around the pier A row of pretty coastguard cottages are still standing and in use as private residences.
Autumn Views (11 November 2018)
Beautiful Autumnal views from Ravensdale Forest Park.
The forest is located in the wooded demesne of the former Lord Clermont’s estate. There was a house called Ravensdale Park but it was destroyed during the troubles in the 1920s. It is well worth a visit for a picnic and/or the beautiful forest roads and trails. There are three way marked trails in the forest, the Tain Trail, the Ring of Gullion and the shorter 1.5km Ravensdale Loop trail.