Carrickfin Beach – Calm after Storm Callum

Carrickfin Beach with Arranmore Island in the distance Carrickfin Beach beckoned me on Sunday, as calm, sunny weather made a very welcome reappearance after Storm Callum. The beach is rarely busy, despite its obvious beauty: The sky remained reflected on the tide, as I neared the North end of the beach: I traveled past rocks … More Carrickfin Beach – Calm after Storm Callum

A Mushroom Forage

Dunlewey Village Feile an Earagail Feile an Earagail is an annual festival held in the beautiful village of Dunlewey, which lies at the foot of Earagail Mountain – the highest mountain in Donegal. This year I booked a mushroom forage or “Toraiocht na Muisiriun Fiain” led by Kristina Ferry in the grounds of Dunlewey House. … More A Mushroom Forage

A Spring Walk

The week before last, I shed the cobwebs of winter, as I walked along ancient tracks well traveled in my childhood. This stream connects two adjacent lakes. My mother’s childhood home sits at the top of Mullaghderg Lake seen in the background of this photograph: I walked these tracks on many occasions with my late … More A Spring Walk

New Year Blessings

It was a very mild but very wet Christmas!  I missed walking, so I was delighted when Carrickfin Beach beckoned me on a beautiful sunny but frosty day. The beach was almost deserted, as I admired the frost on the sand dunes and seaweed – a rare delight. I reflected on the past year and … More New Year Blessings

Tory Island- The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

Leabhar Gabhala Eireann ( The Book of the Taking of Ireland) suggests that Tory was first occupied by settlers from Turkey called Nemedians. A group of pirates from Carthage called The Fomorians banished the Nemedians. Conan who was a Fomorian king, built a tower from whence Tory is believed to have gotten its name Tor … More Tory Island- The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

Tory Island Walks

Walking through West Town An Baile Thiar, I felt incredibly happy to note that Tory remains unspoiled. I really love the traditional style of the buildings and their colourful paintwork. Continuing past the club house, which is legendary for its musical entertainment, I headed for the western tip of the island. My intention was to … More Tory Island Walks