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Photo of the Week
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.
Past weeks
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"

Jo Walton

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.