Thursday, July 27, 2017


A reminder of how the Neo-Gothic chapel at Kylemore Abbey once served as the worship center for a community of Benedictine nuns.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Portative Organ

Kylemore Abbey
County Galway, Ireland

"The Portative Organ was one of the most popular instruments of the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries. Relatively light in weight, the instrument, when equipped with a sling, could be carried about and played in religious processions. The player provides his own wind supply by pumping a bellows made of sheepskin and wood with his left hand while playing a button type keyboard of approximately two octaves with his right hand.

Because of its limited air supply, the Portative Organ could only play one note at a time. Thus it was used for monophonic dance music, or a single part in a motet, chanson, or other polyphonic work.

Pipes are arranged in one or two rows and have a high lead content. The key action is mechanical: depressing a key allows air from the bellows to enter the appropriate pipe. Although the Portative Organ is tuned in Pythagorean temperament, other temperaments are possible by pushing harder or more lightly on the bellows" (

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Kylemore Abbey
County Galway, Ireland

"The 'cardinal' virtues are not the same as the three theological virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity (Love), named in 1 Corinthians 13: 'And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.' Because of this reference, a group of seven attributes is sometimes listed by adding the four cardinal virtues (prudence, temperance, fortitude, justice) and three theological virtues (faith, hope, charity). Together, they compose what is known as the seven virtues. While the first four date back to Greek philosophers and were applicable to all people seeking to live moral lives, the theological virtues appear to be specific to Christians as written by Paul in the New Testament" (Wikipedia).

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Connemara Marble & Visitor Centre Museum
County Galway, Ireland

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


I found this candle burning in the museum across the street from the Connemara Marble & Visitor Centre.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


I found this glorious plant growing out in front of the Connemara Marble & Visitor Centre.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Connemara Marble

Ambrose Joyce
 Connemara Marble Visitor Centre 
County Galway, Ireland

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Menlo Castle

Menlo Castle is a 16th Century castle situated on the bank of the River Corrib in County Galway. It was built in 1569 and was home to the Blake family. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


"Lough Corrib is justly famous for its wild brown trout fishing, however a lot of salmon are also taken every year on the lake. Trolling and fly fishing account for most fish, and fish hold in certain areas prior to ascending spawning tributaries, or to rest after running the main river. The Narrows, the Glann shore and the Carrick shore are noted holding lies for salmon. Most local anglers troll when targeting salmon, although quite a few fish are taken on fly, including on trout flies by trout anglers.

Please note that you must have a salmon licence to fish for salmon, and that trout anglers who catch a salmon must by law release the fish if they do not hold a valid salmon licence in their possession." ~ www.fishinginireland

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lough Corrib

Captain of the Corrib Princess taking his boat out onto Lough Corrib.

The lough is home to all kinds of birds as well as otters, mink, stoat, frogs, and bats.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


The River Corrib (Irish: Abhainn na Gaillimhe) in the west of Ireland flows from Lough Corrib through Galway to Galway Bay. 

The river is among the shortest in Europe, with only a length of six kilometres from the lough to the Atlantic. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Flower Box

Flower Box
Galway, Ireland

Just loved how the red flowers stood out against those grey stones.

Friday, June 9, 2017


Street Musician
Galway, Ireland

According to the company's web site, Vega banjos are noted for their full, round depth of tone and dynamics, a sound that is ideal for old time music, fingerstyle, folk, and singer/songwriters.