There has been a massive change in the country over the past 10 years or so, mainly fuelled by EU monies (actually, part of that is yours and mine, but that’s another story). Our last visit was in 2003, when we spent two weeks in Clifden, west of Galway, in the middle of nowhere. Not a single drop of rain fell, and with the azure skies and white beaches, you could be mistaken for thinking you’d been transported to the Caribbean. The people were friendly, the scenery was stunning and we did not eat a bad meal anywhere – and the pubs weren’t bad either!
CLOUDS OVER CONNEMARA
In this collection of pictures, I’ve tried to picture the colour and the beauty of the scenery. Many pictures you see of Ireland are grainy, Black and White images, taken in dreadful weather of depressing vistas, needy urchin like children, or battle-scarred suburbs, with a concentration on religious sectarianism. I am not saying that this side of the country does not exist, but my viewpoint is simple – there’s a very different side to be seen if you look.
This is me looking.