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I got to Poolbeg as the light was fading last Friday evening and went for a walk from beneath the smoke stacks out along the Great South Wall (or South Bull Wall) to the lighthouse at the end of it, which is pretty much smack bang in the middle of Dublin Bay.

It was a beautiful evening and with my current injury woes I was moving (painfully) slowly. But this just meant even more time to take in the beautiful surroundings as I made my between Poolbeg’s two famous landmarks and back again, by which time the sun had well and truly set.

The interesting thing about the setting sun (apart from the fantastic sky of course!) was that when I was facing back towards Dublin city and the smoke stacks and then facing out into the bay, towards the lighthouse, they were two completely different skies.

Anyway, here’s Poolbeg as I saw it. As ever, click on the images for the big files, if you so wish.

P.S. If you don’t like lighthouses and/or smoke stacks then this is definitely not the post for you!

A very Dublin couple of days

Two beautiful young ladies from Bolton came over to Dublin to significantly brighten up my weekend.

It didn’t hurt that they brought some serious sunshine with them on Saturday!

Here’s a selection of shots from a fun couple of days.

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The “Urban Vineyard” at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, created as part of a wine promotion



Artificial and natural shade on the sunniest day of the year


A flower in Mahua’s hair compimenting both the natural and built environments

People enjoying the Urban Vineyard (and the wine)

Mahua and Priya

South William Street

A reflective Guinness truck on the south quays

Priya and Mahua on the pier in Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire flags

A view from Dun Laoghaire towards Poolbeg and its famous smoke stacks

Strong wind and ice cream on a pier in Dun Laoghaire – a very Irish experience!

Looking to the sea in Dun Laoghaire



Mahua surveys the Dun Laoghaire scenery from the “40 Foot” bar


Priya and a shy Mahua

Mahua exacts revenge and turns the camera on a face that definitely belongs behind it!

Mahua, clearly deeply impressed with me…

That’s more like it!

Strolling on the pier in Dun Laoghaire

View from Dun Laoghaire

The girls in familiar pose after another one of my riveting stories – low on consonants, high on vowels.

Priya struggles with the wind in Trinity College

Mahua, a surprisingly talented tree climber, in Trinity College


Mahua and Priya