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

The Wild Atlantic Way – Tory Island

Tory is the most remote of Ireland’s inhabited islands, lying twelve kilometres off the coast of Donegal. It is part of the tourist initiative “The Wild Atlantic Way,” offering visitors stunning walks, diving, fishing, bird watching, historical sites, Irish culture and a very warm welcome. A ferry leaves for the island from Magheraroarty pier, a … More The Wild Atlantic Way – Tory Island

The Wild Atlantic Way – Seal Watching

Elsie Jayne The 41st Burtonport Summer Festival programme included “Seal Watching Trips” to see one of Ireland’s largest seal populations, with Jim Muldowney of Dive Arranmore. “The islands and rocks of Dungloe Bay are home to around 300 seals including pups at this time of year”, the programme suggested. I felt compelled to book a … More The Wild Atlantic Way – Seal Watching