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Joanne and Owen,Radisson Blu,Ballincar,Sligo

‘JOANNE & OWEN’s’ big day kicked off at the bride’s parents house (where I was joined by‘NEIL DUFFY’, the videographer), it was great to be welcomed back after being there to do her sister ‘CLAIRE’S’ wedding last year. After the ceremony everyone stopped off at Rooskey Village for the traditional good luck bonfire. I then shot some photos of the wedding party in the beautiful surroundings of Hazelwood on the shores of Lough Gill. We joined the guests at ‘THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL’ for a wonderful celebration which included the Bride and Groom performing a ‘first song’ rather than the traditional ‘first dance’ which went down a treat with everyone. The entertainment continued with the band ‘WHO KNOWS’ as well as the hilarious comedian/mime act the ‘MADCAPS’ . It was a privilege to capture the happy couple’s special day.

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‘Diarmuid and Grainne’s Ireland Highest Cave’

I still have a good few “Bucket list” shots to tick off in Ireland
In 2010 I got to “The Dark Hedges” (Pre Game of thrones) in Antrim which is well worth a detour if you are up north,

this shot also involved a little detour! it’s a few short miles off the Wild Atlantic Way In County Sligo
in the Dartry mountain range just off the Main Sligo to Donegal road the N15,
I climbed this on a friday morning in July on one of the hottest days of the glorious summer of 2014
on my way to Sligo a heavy mist had descended so I decided to pop down to Mullaghmore on the Wild Atlantic Way to get a few shots of the mist around the headland, a beautiful spot in any weather conditions.
I then headed inland for the Gleniff Horseshoe and parked the car close to the abandoned school house,
The first 200 metres of the climb up Benwiskin (510m) are straight forward if a not little steep! the final 100 metres or so is quite challenging and unless you are an experienced rock climber it would not be advised to attempt unless ropes have been put in place in order to complete the climb,an advantage of doing a Summer climb for me was that ropes had been put in place and were in good condition on inspection.
If you are climbing this in a pair or in a group bear in mind that the final part of the climb due to erosion a lot of small stone is easily dislodged and can travel downwards at a fast pace so helmets and caution is advised.
I climbed this alone but as always when climbing or hiking in the west it always advised to tell someone of your planned route in advance!
I was fortunate enough that my phone was able to get to a full 3G signal thanks to the nearby Truskmore transmitter, not sure what the sheep made of the Mystical Celtic tunes blaring from You tube as I set up the shot!:-)

I didn’t have much time to linger as the heat was building fast and I had regretted not buying a larger bottle of water at the service station!
its definitely worth a return visit and would be great place for a photo walk overnighter! Here’s hoping we get another good Summer in 2015.

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Joanne & Owen (pre wedding shoot)

I met up with Joanne and Owen the Sunday before their wedding at Turlough House in Mayo,which is well worth a visit any time of the year but the beautiful grounds really come into their own in Autumn,
We had a wander around and grabbed a few shots between showers and a visit to
“The National Museum of Country Life”
it’s always great to meet up with the bride and groom before their big day,the complimentary shoot is great to use for the invites and of course the signing board at the reception.

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Rebeka and Andrew (Pre Wedding shoot)

In late August, Rebeka got in touch about doing a pre wedding shoot in Mayo where herself and Andrew live. On Saturday they will get married in Rebeka’s home country of Brazil and she was keen to bring home some images of Ireland to show her family and friends. The afternoon kicked off with a leisurely stroll at Belleek Woods in Ballina ending up with a lovely picnic near Belleek Castle. We then headed out to Lough Conn near where Rebeka and Andrew live and I got to meet Otto their lovely golden retriever. We took a boat out on the Lough and got back in time to catch the lovely sunrise! A great end to a fab day! I would like to wish Rebeka and Andrew the very best in their life together.

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