The Wild Atlantic (NO) Way or Ireland’s Ancient East

 I live in County Waterford on the south coast of the Republic of Ireland, looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean. I know it is there because I can see it from my house, and it says so on the map.

Why is this important? Because someone in an office somewhere has invented The Wild Atlantic Way, a brilliant idea, of a driving route along the Atlantic coast. It starts on the north coast, follows the west coast, around the south coast, then ends in Cork. But the Atlantic doesn’t stop there. It carries on all the way along the Waterford coast, ¬†around to Rosslare Harbour. Why doesn’t The Wild Atlantic Way start in Rosslare where people enter the country?

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Nr Kilmurren, Co. Waterford. Looking towards the Comeragh Mountains

I wouldn’t like to say why our 150 km of coast was removed from The Wild Atlantic Way, I will leave that to your imagination. Why is it important? Because tourist will come to drive this route and will be told not to come to Waterford, because that is not part of our road.

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Balinageeragh Dolmen, Dunhill Co. Waterford

What does Waterford have? Well apart from a great coast line, it is included in Ireland’s Ancient East. A list of historical artefacts scattered around the county. The countryside around here is overrun with objects like this Dolmen. This is a portal grave and was build as a funeral place for the local community. It has been drawing people to the area for over 5000 years. I don’t think it will increase the amount of money a tourist will leave in the area, just because it is now on a list.

Why am I writing this? Because I care about where I live, and I want people to see it. I’m going to put more pictures up, to compare our Atlantic Coast with our Ancient Past.

P.S. Does anyone else think Pride Rock from The Lion King, was modelled on Dolmen?

Thunder Bolts and Lightening, Very Very Exciting

I was reminded, by a Scottish friend the other day, about how great Queen are. Bohemian Rhapsody is the greatest record ever made. It is a record that has broken more records than any other record, and yes kids music used to be made on records.

As a person who was lucky enough to see Queen, with Freddie Mercury, a couple of times in the ’80’s, I feel I have to share with you the incredible emotions of being there. Just looking at these photos again, reminds me of the excitement Freddie caused just by shuffling his feet. Then playing with his voice and making thousands of people behave like puppets. I have seen many people since try and do the same thing, but nobody could do it like Freddie. Thinking back on it now, he made love to the audience from the stage.

As for the music, I can’t imagine there ever being another Queen. With modern systems, committees and outside influences how would a group be allowed to create something like Bohemian Rhapsody. When Freddie turned from his piano and said “And this is where the Opera bit comes in”, he sealed his place in history. I have had people say to me “but what does it mean”, the meaning doesn’t really matter, to me.

It’s a good night from me! Photo101 The End

Thank you for all your interest in my pictures over the last few weeks. I’ve just looked through them and these are my favourites.

Having picked these photos, I noticed these are the ones I took with the topics in mind. So what does that tell me? Not much, but I was thinking if I was to do this again I might take the lead from Alba10, and take the pictures on the day. Or maybe not, who knows.

Triumph an Contrast Photo101 Day20

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Thomas Francis Meagher, The Mall, Waterford

Any time you see a statue of a man on a horse with his sword in the air, you know there is a bit of triumphalism going on. This Waterford man deserves as much of a fanfare as he can get. To sum him up in a sentence would be tricky, so here I go. A leader of The Young Irelanders in the 1848 rebellion, invented the Irish flag, sentenced to Transportation to Van Diemen’s Land, escaped, landed in America, led the Irish Brigade in the U.S. Army and drowned in the Missouri River. A very busy 44 years.

Me in a cave

A Selfie Stuck

There are very few pictures of me, mainly because I’ve always held the camera. I do remember this very clearly, passing the camera forward in the cave, removing my hard hat because it was too wide for the gap, and the definite feeling of triumph when we got back to the sunlight.

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Going out with a bang!

How much more contrast can you get than fireworks in the night sky.

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A farewell with fireworks

Thank you all for your words of encouragement over the past few weeks. I signed up to this course to work out how a BLOG works, with your help I think I understand it enough to actually start. So thank you all for that.