Our website celebrates Ireland, a small island of extraordinary beauty, fascinating
history, and evocative myths and legends where the old and the new thrive together in an
interesting mix. From ancient standing stones and portal dolmens to breathtaking pastoral
scenes and energetic cities of architectural sophistication, we take a photographic tour
reflecting the soul and passion of this spectacular island.
But Ireland is far more than beautiful landscape. Much of the magic of the country lies in
the people themselves. Crumbling ruins of ancient monuments and haunting views of
abandoned fields bound by inaccessible cliffs that drop to the Atlantic bear silent
testament to a people's resilience and strength in the face of centuries of invasion and
Ireland seems almost like an appendix to the great European landmass. Precariously
positioned in the Atlantic Ocean, nothing but 3,000 miles of sea stands between Ireland
and the land that its emigrants have so influenced, the USA.
Ireland's size and island status mean that you are never far from the sea. Ireland's
distinctive indented coastline, together with a myriad of lakes and the longest river in
the British Isles, the Shannon, means that water is a recurring theme.
In terms of industry, agriculture has for centuries been the economic mainstay of the
country. Apart from a small area around Belfast, the island was free from heavy industry.
Life in the country often seems untouched by time, the pace of life is noticeably slower.
This coupled with the natural friendliness of the people means Ireland is a place where
one can truly relax.
Ireland has become increasingly integrated with the industrial economies of western
Europe, yet the modernization of the country has to date made few marks. It's a place to
explore slowly, roaming through agricultural landscapes scattered with farmhouses, or
along the endlessly indented coastline. In town, too, the pleasures are unhurried:
evenings over Guinnesses in the snug of a pub, listening to the chat around a turf fire.
Especially in the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht areas, you'll be aware of the strength and
continuity of the island's oral tradition. The speech of the country, moulded by the
rhythms of the ancient tongue, has fired such twentieth-century greats as Yeats, Joyce,
Beckett and Heaney. Music, too, has always been at the centre of Irish community life, and
you can expect to find traditional music sessions in the pubs of all towns of any size and
along the west coast.