Sunday, March 10, 2019


Well, not exactly an urban sketch, but we were in Glendalough on an unseasonal sunny morning and I had to capture the view of the upper lake. And despite the season, plenty of tourists around, although not quite the crowds that you'd see in July! A spot that I would definitely recommend to any visitors to Dublin - it's remote (about an hour's drive from the city centre I guess) but well worth the trip. Spectacular views - mountains, lakes, an old church, a round tower, and deer on the hills too I believe. And at this time of the year, with a low sun, strong value contrasts. I'm told it's fantastic early in the morning with the mist lingering on the lake. Some day, I will have to get up early for that!

And a Ulysses quote of course:

Glendalough, the lovely lakes of Killarney, the ruins of Clonmacnois, Cong Abbey, Glen Inagh and the Twelve Pins, Ireland’s Eye, the Green Hills of Tallaght, Croagh Patrick, the brewery of Messrs Arthur Guinness, Son and Company (Limited), Lough Neagh’s banks, the vale of Ovoca, Isolde’s tower, the Mapas obelisk, Sir Patrick Dun’s hospital, Cape Clear, the glen of Aherlow, Lynch’s castle, the Scotch house, Rathdown Union Workhouse at Loughlinstown, Tullamore jail, Castleconnel rapids, Kilballymacshonakill, the cross at Monasterboice, Jury’s Hotel, S. Patrick’s Purgatory, the Salmon Leap, Maynooth college refectory, Curley’s hole, the three birthplaces of the first duke of Wellington, the rock of Cashel, the bog of Allen, the Henry Street Warehouse, Fingal’s Cave—all these moving scenes are still there for us today rendered more beautiful still by the waters of sorrow which have passed over them and by the rich incrustations of time.

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