It was a horribly grey damp day today so I fear I did not even make it to the heath. But, instead – how about these glorious beaches in the west of Ireland where I was last week. This is Mullaghmore – and amazingly, these calm flat beaches offer some of the best surfing in Ireland.
I don’t know how it is where you are, but here in London the rain continues to pour down making this the wettest and most parrot sickening Easter in living memory. So to cheer you up – although possibly it will just depress you yet further – here are a few sun-drenched pictures from the normally sodden West of Ireland. I was there last week on my way to help judge the Irish FreeFrom Food Awards. (Cressida and Sue had been there the previous week and if you want to know what a great time they had – and they got whisky and beer tasting thrown in! – see here.)
Starting with Lough Melvin through the trees.
The dunes behind the beach.
The beach itself… This is behind Mullaghmore in County Sligo. In the image below the castle that you can see just in the distance is Classiebawn, the Irish home of the Montbatten family where they were staying when Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979. The boat in which he and three others had gone lobster fishing was blown up by a hidden bomb detonated by IRA members watching from the shore. The castle and surrounding lands are now owned by the estate of a businessman from the North of Ireland who bought it in 1991.
And although the breakers do not look that big here, this is also a great place for surfers. If any of your read about FFFAwards judge Finn Ní Fhaoláin’s new book a couple of weeks ago, this is where Finn surfs.
And turn the other way into the sun, and you could be in a different landscape with all of those stones.
Meanwhile, back here in London, the rain drips on…. Happy Easter!