Rock of Dunamase


If you’re driving the M7 from Dublin to Portlaoise and you’ve an interest in photographing old ruins, then you could do worse than to take a detour out to the Rock of Dunamase.

At the top of the rock are the ruins of Dunamase Castle.  The castle dates from the 12th century although the rocky outcrop was the site of a fort that was originally constructed in the 9th century.

Rock of Dunamase

I’d been threatening to visit the site for as long as I can remember seeing the signpost for it pointing off the M7, and I finally got the chance a few weeks ago as I was on my way back from Dublin. Continue reading

More from the Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2013


Yesterday I posted about our visit to the Durrow Scarecrow Festival.  I didn’t like to post up too many photos as the festival was ongoing and there was an admission charge in to see some of the displays.

But, as the festival is now over, here are a few more photos, as well as my own favourite display of the day (later on in the post).



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Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2013


It’s that time of year again! Scarecrows have taken over the little town of Durrow in Co. Laois, and, as usual, Bláthnaid and I made the hour long trip to view the competition entries.

The Scarecrows

There didn’t seem to be as many entries this year as there were in 2012, but we were still impressed by many of them.

Bob's Bar Durrow

Bob’s Bar always has a great display, and across the road, at the fire station, there are always a few characters hanging around.

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Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2012


Bláthnaid and I went to Durrow last Sunday for the Scarecrow Festival. The last time I was there (two years ago),  I was really impressed by the creativity of the entries into the Scarecrow competition, so I was looking forward to seeing this year’s.

The Festival appears to have undergone a name change.  Looking back at the photos I took from two years ago, the Scarecrow Championships were part of the ‘Howya’ Festival’.

Scarecrow Championships


I think calling it ‘The Scarecrow Festival’ is a better idea.  I’m sure if I was a tourist I wouldn’t have a clue what ‘Howya’ means.

Actually….imagine if Irish festivals around the country were named after local greetings. Continue reading