Old Photo of an Irish man and his dog

I love this photo – I came across it online a few years ago but I cannot find the source for it now – I made a note that it was Irish Man – Tom Bullock. If anyone knows who’s picture this is let me know so I can reference them here. It is a real throw back to times gone by, I am sure that there are still some pockets of Ireland where you could capture this same picture but not for long...

The Quite Man movie trail

I just spotted this great article on The Quiet Man movie trail – I love the movie and have been meaning to take a trip up to Cong to check out the Quiet Man cottage – White o’Mornin for some time – this article is a great reference! See the original article at Hello Magazine Travel ‘The Quiet Man’ movie trail Discover the green landscapes of the Emerald Isle and the setting of the endearing love story starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, in which the director John Ford paid tribute to the land of his fathers. For the film, the American director of Irish descent created the now mythical town of Innisfree as a setting for the love story between the former boxer Sean Thornton, portrayed with a gentle warmth by the mythical John Wayne, and the indomitable Mary Kate Danaher, a redhead with “a fearful temper”, brought to life on screen by Maureen O’Hara. And whileInnisfree is a fiction brought into being by movie magic and the genius of John Ford, the locations where the filming took place are as real and as unmistakably Irish as ancient taverns serving pints of stout while intermittent rain falls on gentle green hills. The main location used for The Quiet Man was the tiny village of Cong on the borders ofCounty Galway and County Mayo in the west of Ireland. Like the rest of Ireland, the countryside around Cong boasts a multitude of shades of green. In fact, the colour appears in every scene of the film – though hardly at all in the costumes – and the result was such that at the first showing, studio chief Herbert Yates proclaimed it...

Ballyknockan – The Granite Stonecutters Village

Its hard to believe that this is where you can be in just a twenty minute drive out from Dublin (well Tallaght to be specific). After taking the turn off for Valleymount a few kilometers outside Blessington, frankly I was a menace to road safety as I was distracted by the stunning views that opened up at various intervals along the road. From the beautiful period house up to the right after the first long bridge (who has the incredible luck of living there?) to the glimpses of the lake and mountains stretching on for miles on the left – its a small wonder I didn’t end up over a ditch! Ballyknockan Village I was taken for a tour around the village of Ballyknockan also known as the granite stonecutters village to see all of the granite cottages and buildings. Despite its proximity to Dublin I really felt like I was in somewhere as remote as Roundstone in Galway – there is a real old world and peaceful feeling up in those hills overlooking the lakes. The village is quite untouched by time despite the obvious renovation of some of the buildings – as the area is listed in the Co. Wicklow Development plan the renovations appear are tasteful and in keeping with the area. Ballyknockan Inn I really enjoyed a few pints of Smithwicks in the fantastic Ballyknockan Inn but was sorry that the weather turned as it would have been lovely to sit out in their beer garden overlooking the lakes. Something I am gutted to have missed is the Knockanstockan Festival which was held in July...