Island life

by Alison, 30/01/2014

Once again a very delayed post but we love this place so much (as we first showed you here), I wanted to share these new years photos with you. New years on Achill Island is a bit of a tradition with my college friends. Houses are booked and people stay from anything from one night to a week. Depending on our level of organisation we sometimes stay with the main group, sometimes in my parents house. Either way its so lovely to share this special place with all these nutty, amazing people.

Like most people, one of our favourite places on the island is Keel beach. If you follow the main road across the island as far as it goes it will eventually led you to this beautiful little cove. While it may not often have surf, its one of those beaches that still feels special every time I go there. This new years we got up early one morning and took in the sunrise. 

Unfortunately surf conditions were less then ideal pre-new years. Though we did manage to have a couple of sessions. On new years eve, Ollie decided to play photographer instead surfing but I have a feeling I was a lot warmer in the wetsuit instead of Ollie who got hailed out of it on the beach. Funny, sitting out in the wild wind, pelting rain and empty line-up really can enliven the soul and stoke the fire.

With skies like these, there is no need to ask why the island continues to draw artists from all walks of life. 

New years eve itself means banter, pints in the Annex, and an often rain and windswept march to the local night club led by the pipe-band. Luckily this year it was merely cold rather then freezing with a side of hailstones.

One way to blast the new years shennanigans out of you. Take a sprint into the ice cold Atlantic. All in aid of a very good cause, the local lifeboat station. Spending so much time in the ocean we really appreciate the dedication these volunteers have.