Other Irish Entries 2013


Dingle rock

Brian McCready -
Co. Down

Dingle Rock - June 2012
Evening light illuminates the red sandstone layers at Smerwick Harbour and the distinctive 'Three Sisters' headland in County Kerry.

Abandoned house

Frank Fullard –
Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Abandoned House - North Inniskea Island, May 2012
The Inishkea Islands (Meaning: Goose Islands) (Gaelic: Inis Gé) are in the Atlantic, West of the Erris Penninsula in County Mayo. There are two islands – Inniskea North, and Inniskea South. They have both been uninhabited since the remaining population moved out in the 1930's following the tragic loss (in 1927) of 10 young men, drowned when out night fishing, as their curraghs capsized in a freak storm. One or two of the houses have been made habitable but most are in ruins with the sand gradually gobbling them up. When this picture was taken the land was covered by white daisies, emphasising still further the remains of the lazy bed system of cultivation used by the inhabitants.

Twelve Bens

Martin Critchley –
Co. Wicklow

Carrot ridge, Twelve Bens Co. Galway. The late Precambrian quartzite forms the backbone of many of the summits in Galway giving fine walks and excellent climbs such as Carrot Ridge, perhaps the finest D grade climb in Britain and Ireland.


Copper waterfall

Dr Sharron Schwartz-
Co. Wicklow

Secondary mineralisation in the weathered and gossan zones of ore deposits would have been a "calling card" for our mining ancestors as far back as the Bronze Age. Nowadays minerals from such weathering are hard to see on the surface but underground (as here at Tankardstown in Co. Waterford) they form an impressive and resplendent "waterfall"

Dun Briste

Catherine Bushe –
Malahide, Co. Dublin

Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle, Mayo, Ireland
1 July 2013
Dun Briste Sea-stack, a pillar of rock where erosion by the sea has caused it to become detached from the mainland. The cliffs in the area, including the stack, were formed in the Lower Carboniferous period.

Emlagh Point

Sean Tomkins –

Emlagh Point, Co. Mayo.
Rock formation at the shore curved by the power of the Atlantic.
Spring time.

Glencarbury mine shaft

Shane Walsh –
Dublin 24

Old mining drift at Glencarbury Barytes Mine, Benbulbin, Co Sligo.
May 2013

Crumpaun Mountain

Donal O Faogain –
Maynooth, Co. Kildare

Looking up to the stunning limestone corrie formation at Crumpaun Mountain, Glenade, Co. Leitrim.
Taken in Late August 2012


Martin Frank –
Dooradoyle, Limerick

Limestone Pavement mountains - Mullaghmore.
The Burren National Park, Co. Clare, Ireland
August 2013

Moon rock

Val Byrne –
Rush, Co. Dublin

This photograph was taken in the area where the continents collide in Louth, the rocks have beautiful strata and are weathered by the Irish sea along the coast of Annagassan and Salterstown in County Louth.
The photograph is a long exposure of 151 seconds creating an uncluttered view of the rocks and distant Cooleys.
August, 2013.

Cliff walk - Kilkee

Hugh Cotter –
Ennis, Co. Clare

Taken at the cliff walk Kilkee, Co. Clare on 12 June 2013.
The cliffs are formed layers of siltstone, shale and sandstone.

Wicklow granite

Urszula Nawrot – Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

I photographed Wickow National Park - Glendalough. All the pictures were taken this summer – by the end of August. The geological divide between Leinster granite and schist. It is clearly visible in Glendalough where coarse granite boulder scree suddenly gives way to smoother shiny schist.

Dun Briste

Helen Lawson –
Westport, Co. Mayo

Taken by me in July 2013, from the large cave down at the foot of the cliffs at Downpatrick Head in County Mayo. They depict Dun Briste, a sea stack that became separated from the mainland after a storm in the 1300s. The cliffs and the sea stack itself are believed to have been formed during the Lower Carboniferous period, eg. 350 million years ago. Some years ago a helicopter landed on the stack and allowed archaeologists to set foot there. They found the remains of a medieval home and other evidence of habitation.
This is a fascinating and beautiful place, particularly at sunset, but it comes with a warning: getting down to the cave is exceptionally risky; it must be done at low tide, with a low sea swell, and with people who are very familiar with local conditions.

Marble Arch caves Cecelia Gavigan – Tyrrellspass, Co. Westmeath

A completed pillar on the left, a pillar in the making on the right along with a selection of stalactites and curtains in the Marble Arch Caves. Taken on the 31st of July 2013 in the Marble Arch Caves Geopark, Co Fermanagh/Co Cavan.

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