A photographic tour of County Clare

by Ollie, 25/08/2013

Eighteen years it has been since the last heat wave in Clare and sixteen years since the Clare hurlers brought home the All-Ireland championship.
This year we might get both, we've had the heat wave and the hurlers are in the final. 
We're not into the Gaelic Games at all to be honest, we prefer the beautiful game of rugby union, but the hurlers reaching the final is the biggest news in years in the county. It's all happening in Clare.
Time to put this County of ours in the spotlight.

We're actually a pair of proper blow-ins, Alison being a Dub and me, even worse, a "feckin foreigner". 
But, we have lived here for a couple of years now and we love the place. It feels like home.
World class waves on our doorstep, home to traditional Irish music, spectacular coastal scenery, ninety year olds pulling pints, a unique geological and ecological landscape, the Great Stalactite, monuments that pre-date the pyramids at Giza, Irelands best holiday spot, Father Ted's House, a match making festival, and a dolphin that bites the arse off unsuspecting swimmers.

What's not to love about the place? 

So for those of you who don't hail from the county or don't live there but would like to see it, here it is, a photographic tour.

An Clár abu!

Lovely Lahinch, our base of operations
A february swell providing some entertainment on the promenade in Lahinch.
A few stunning beaches, like this one in Lahinch, can be found along Clare's coast line.
The waves at Crab Island seen from Doonagore castle. Bring your tow-in gear.
Clare's most famous stretch of coast line, the Cliffs of Moher
Loop Head lighthouse. The Loop Head peninsula was voted the best place to holiday in Ireland, by the Irish Times this year.
Tom Frawley at 91 years of age still pulling pints. Unfortunately age caught up with Tom and he is not able to run the pub anymore, but there are still some auld ones left around the county who are still in business 
A trad session in Miltown Malbey during the Willy Clancy festivall
Dusty the dolphin getting a good rub from Alison.
Doolin Harbor, the home of Dusty
The beautiful landscape of the Burren
Lough Bunny and Mullaghmore in the Burren National Park
Rolling hills and green fields....

I hope you enjoyed the photos of the Banner County. If you would like to see some more photos, please click on the Flickr button at the top of the page. 

1 comment:

  1. prachtige foto,s zou je die foto waar de golven bijna tegen jullie huis komt voor mij bij willen maken kan ik hem naast de andere hangen