Ireland

Ireland pictures. This gallery contains images from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, from coastal scenery (including the famous and unique Giant's Causeway) to the otherwordly landscapes of the Irish mountains (including Wicklow Mountains and the Mournes) to the mementoes of the Irish Civil War in Londonderry (or just Derry, which is preferred by the supporters of a united Ireland).

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Mourne Mountains

Up in the Mourne Mountains, a small but extremely scenic mountain range in Northern Ireland

The lunar landscape of the Mourne Mountains

On top of the world (well, kind of)

Spelga Dam, a reservoir in the Mournes

Lough Shannagh and the Silent Valley Reservoir

Starting point

View towards the sea

The 35km long Mourne Wall, built to enclose the catchment area of the nearby reservoirs (I'm not quite sure how it works though)

Local residents

Spelga Dam and the surrounding mountains

Rugged lands seen from Carn Mountain

The Mourne Wall zigzags across the mountains

Ballintoy

View along the Causeway Coast in Ballintoy Port. Not a bad place for a seaside house.

Viewpoint from the coast near the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

View from the top of the Antrim Coast cliffs near Ballintoy

Gravestone

Graveyard next to Ballintoy's church

Ballintoy harbour

Love

Horses on the Antrim Coast

Apparently only a few houses were allowed to be built in this area to prevent it from becoming crowded

Stone hut serving as a cafe in Ballintoy harbour

People approaching the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge

View of the North Channel with Rathlin Island (pop. 75) in the background

Wobbly Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge leads to Carrick Island, formerly used by salmon fishermen as it was a prime fishing location (though the bridge they usde was a lot less stable)

View from the Antrim Coast towards Rathlin Island (Reachlainn in Gaelic Irish)

Rather interesting architecture

Derry

Beware of the fighting - fictional traffic signs near the studio of the Bogside Artists

The firemen of Derry

Guinness are famous for the creativity of their ads

An offer you can't refuse - Guinness meets the Godfather

The mural Operation Motorman by the Bogside Artists, symbolising the way the British Army attacked the territories controlled by the Provisional IRA in 1972

I was only joking

The colours of Ireland

Ode to Claude's (in the loo of Claude's coffee house)

The Bogside Artists mural Petrol Bomber - a kid with a gas mask and a petrol bomb during The Troubles (the Irish vs. British conflict)

The Petrol Bomber (Bogside Artists)

Smile!

Colourful terraced housing

Giant's Causeway

The road leading to the Giant's Causeway

The size of the Causeway is best seen from the surrounding cliffs

The causeway's lava formations

The hills around the Giant's Causeway

The dramatic Causeway Coast

These are actually quite comfortable when used as chairs

It's quite hard to believe this isn't man-made, but was formed as a result of volcanic activity in the area

People exploring the Causeway

Family

View from the nearby cliffs

Cliffside steps

Patterns

Sunday afternoon

Throne

The paths around the causeway, as seen from the top of the highest rock formation in the water

The colours of Ireland

Belfast

The dome and viewing platform of Victoria Square shopping centre

The viewing platform inside the dome of Victoria Square

View over Belfast

Daily life in Belfast

The 17 metre Ring of Thanksgiving sculpture on the bank of the River Lagan

Dublin

Temple Bar (and the pub of the same name), the entertainment district of Dublin

Inner Dublin

Feel strong

Mounted member of the Irish police, the Garda

Broken angel

On the campus of the Trinity College (officially called simply the Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin)

Bag City

May cause death - bus timetable in Dublin

The wall of one of Dublin's most subtle sex shops

Not to worry!

Booze 2 Go - a pretty straightforward off licence in Parnell Street

Locked

Freebird Records

Sightseeing boat in Dublin

While almost everyone speaks English, Irish is used on official signs in an attempt to preserve the language

Banner celebrating Sinn Féin ('We Ourselves'), the Irish nationalist political party closely linked to the IRA

Skateboarding Prohibited - sign on a hideous (brutalist style?) office building, designed to suck the life out of you anyway

Life in Dublin

Despite the city's relatively compact size Dublin's streets can be extremely busy

Architecture by St Stephen's Green, a public park in South Dublin

Dame Street

View across the narrow River Liffey

The Oliver St John Gogarty pub, named after a surgeon/writer/football player of the same name.

Southwest Ireland's weather is among the country's driest, with only about 200 rainy days a year

Valeting

Locals

Glendalough

Graveyard in Glendalough's Monastic City

Celtic High Crosses on tombs

On the shore of the Upper Lake

View from the ridge between peaks Lugduff and Mullacor

View from Lugduff

The Monastic City with St Kevin's monastery

The ruins of St Kevin's Cathedral with tombstones lying flat on the ground

817m Tonelagee as seen from the Camaderry ridge

What looks like an extremely dry landscape is in fact one giant bog (a type of wetland) hiding under the plants

Surreal-looking peat hags at the top of Camaderry

The valley of Glendalough

This is not a blurry shot - the effect is due to the dense plantation of pines

Ominous views over Glendalough's pinewoods

Flowers love the wet climate

Towards the valley

Not really an indigenous species, but it seems to like the place

The red hiking route passing by Mullacor mountain

10 minutes' rest among the boulders by the Glenealo River - the signposted route ends here, and the bog walk begins

The ridge of Camaderry that leads down to the valley of Glendalough

Hikers at the footbridge over the Glenealo river leading to the Spink ridge

To get a sense of scale: those specks on the sand are people

Walking on water sign in the Upper Lake

View from the the middle of the peat bogs covering the mountainside of Camaderry

Sunny days are a rare thing here, though the county's 200 rainy days a year make it one of the driest areas of Ireland

The steep side of the Spink

Signature

The path to the Monastic City's graveyard

There are graves dating from the 18th century

The long descent from Camaderry

The Upper Lake

The Glenealo River as seen from the Spink, a series of cliffs along the Upper Lake

View from Camaderry towards the East

View from the Camaderry ridge

The red water of acidic Glenealo River

The Upper Lake

Howth Head

From the footpath running around the edge of the Howth Head peninsula

Dangerous cliffs sign attacked by German stickers

Nie wieder Faschismus - Never again fascism

Dog in a sweater at low tide

Fishing boats in Howth Harbour

Fishing equipment

A day by the sea

Angling in the Irish Sea

Howth Head peninsula as seen from Howth pier

Yummy

Frutti del mare

Looking towards the uninhabited island called Ireland's Eye (Inis Mac Neasáin)

Low tide in Howth harbour

A nice day

Yield right of way - for some reason the standard triangle sign needed explanation here; The island Ireland's Eye is in the background

Portrush

Sunday afternoon on the beach in Portrush

Irish bar with the West Strand in the background

The port of Portrush

Portrush is a seaside resort town (weather permitting)

The East Strand of Portrush

Two signs apparently targeted at two different audiences


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