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Shannon Estuary Way a virtual trek along the Shannon Estuary shoreline and hinterland

Waveprints

author: williamjokeeffe@gmail.com


Ferry Bridge (1787) carrying the N69 over the Maigue, and gateway to West Limerick photo: Kildimo Community Council

The mouth of the Maigue – Carrigogunnell in the distance


the keep, Carrigogunnell


upside-down staircase, Carrigogunnell, a result of the demolition by gunpowder in 1691

as the upper estuary shoreline would have looked in 1691 [Healy&Hickey, Irish Geography 38, Jan.2005]


spirit level flooded polder at Mellon-Ringmoylan, new year 2016

dyke ridge at Ringmoylan, looking to Woodcock Hill


the pavilion at Mellon House (a welcome sight when glimpsed from the remoteness of Rinekirk Point) photo: Windsor Clive International

photo: A. O'Ciardha

Shannongrove House, Ringmoylan, early 1700's (the river bank would once have lapped the lawn)


moving inland: Dromore castle and lough, 2km west of Kildimo, off the N69

tower house ruin at Bolane, 1km west of Kildimo, off the N69


Killeen church at Cowpark, Kilcornan, just off the N69 note the unusual built-in bell cote (it allowed the bell to be rung from inside)

carved holy-water stoup and chancel window


Blue Lough, Curraghchase

Glenisca Lough, Curraghchase


Yellow Pool, Glenisca

Winter sedge, Curraghchase


Halloween Dusk: Knockfierna and Liskennett Hill, from Curraghchase woods

Evening Profile: Knockfierna, from the terrace at Curraghchase House


Milltown Lake, off the N69, north (1km west of Cowpark)

old Shannon Banks, near Bushyisland dyke


Bushyisland dyke, W of Ringmoylan: looking westwards to Beagh Castle in the distance

Bushy Island (the island gives its name to the townland)


Waller's Island (above) – an eroded glacial kame, off Bushyisland dyke

Bushy Island, western profile

Bushy Island sunset


views off Bushyisland dyke


Beagh piers and the view to Slieve Bernagh


Beagh Castle, northern elevation

Beagh Castle, western elevation

Ballinvoher foreland

Sliabh Bearnach under snow, from Ballinvoher


lag trá, Ballinvoher

sponge fossils, Ballinvoher


shingle beach, Ballinvoher

Rineanna Point, from Ballinvoher

Coney Island in the Fergus estuary, from Ballinvoher


Aughinish jetty and Beeves Rock lighthouse, from Ballinvoher Point

Ballycanauna Point and Aughinish, from Ballinvoher West


Ballycanauna Point at dusk, from Ballysteen Quay

wetland shore at Ballysteen Quay


deep end, Ballysteen Quay

bollard guard, Ballysteen Quay


Glenagauran shore, Ballysteen townland

Glenagauran Point: creek in foreground marks the boundary of the barony of Kenry


Gortnagranagher wetlands

Gortnagranagher Lough

This miniscule lough is tucked away in these wetlands at Moig North, midway between Askeaton and Ballysteen. The name is intriguing: Loch Ghort na gCrannchur = the lough of the field of the casting of lots. Gambling seems improbable for such a location, but crann-chur piseogach (Dineen), the divination of piseogs, or spells, is much more tempting, and one can well imagine our Celtic forebears casting offerings to spirit world into the waters at this spot.


Courtbrown Point, near the mouth of the Deel

rock formation at the mouth of the Deel


Desmond earldom: castle and banqueting hall at Askeaton


Askeaton: mediaeval tower at St Mary's Church


Askeaton's Hellfire Club, one of Maurice Craig's Classic Irish Houses of the Middle Size (1976), a volume now itself a classic and a collector's item. The building had two-storey Venetian windows, on the north and south gables, which feature Craig praised especially. The north window survived until recent years and might have been saved or even rebuilt, had the conservation works, now apparently stalled, begun in time. The surviving fragment of the south window is visible in this photo.


cloister at the Franciscan friary, Askeaton, upstream on the Deel estuary

crossing the Deel: Toomdeely mediaeval hall


wintering out, laid up boats at the Deel boatyard

Deel Boat Club marina: ruin of Shannonview House in the background


Holly Island inlet, Toomdeely West

Moreena Point, high water

Moreena Point, low water


Poulaweala inlet, Aughinish

Poulaweala Lough

Poulaweala salt pond


Foynes: Poultallin wood, Foynes Island sound

Foynes: reservoir above 'Árd an Óir'


Foynes: Poultallin strand, looking east

Foynes: Poultallin strand, looking west


tidal swell, Foynes Island sound

Foynes / Mount Trenchard: winter cascade on Boniska strand


greywacke stoup, Boniska strand

jetsam abstract, Boniska strand


woodland sump, Boniska strand


Mount Trenchard burial ground, Mary Spring-Rice gravestone inscription: 'the souls of the faithful are in God's hand'

Mount Trenchard burial ground: a Vere O'Brien memorial inscription, the work of the Cork sculptor, Seamus Murphy


sunset over Mount Trenchard Point

offshore vista: Poultallin foreland to Mount Trenchard


A diversion inland: the 'Black Hag' nunnery at Oldabbey, Shanagolden A much maligned lady, probably a religious recluse and herbalist; cailleach dhubh, in any case, is an old term in Irish for a nun.


dovecote at Oldabbey


The old boathouse, Loghill cove

Coalhill Point (Loghill)


Loghill-Kilteery: Killacolla, view to Mountshannon wood

Killacolla: shell midden

Killacolla: springtime woods


Loghill-Kilteery: Hiphall Point

Glin and Labasheeda Bay, from Furry Wood


The splendid memorial shield of the last Knight of Glin old Church of Ireland churchyard, Glin


study in blue and grey, Glin

vitrine, Glin


old hotel entrance door with cobweb fanlight, Glin note the Art Nouveau relief plasterwork


grey wisteria, Glin

corbel console, Glin


right-to-left: Tarbert- Glencloosagh Bay- Ardmore Point- Reenturk Point

from Glencloosagh Bay: Tarbert jetty


from Glencloosagh Bay: Tarbert and Moneypoint power stations


Colossi


Glencloosagh Bay, looking to Ardmore Point

Glencloosagh Bay, looking to the Clare shore


Glencloosagh Bay: the memorial at 'Mullally's Berth'


Ardmore Point


limestone pavement (Waveprints), Ardmore Point

WWII relic, Ardmore Point


remains of the 'Fort Shannon' battery, Ardmore Point: one of two gun emplacements

The escutcheon of the men who oversaw its construction: 7th Field Co., Corps of Engineers


command bunker

generator bunker (one of three)


searchlight remains (one of two – see the preceding 'relic')

Pillbox: note the rusticated stone-cladding camouflage


Ardmore Point from Ballylongford Bay

Ardmore heights from Reenturk Strand on Ballylongford Bay


Reenturk Strand

Reenturk Point

Ballylongford Bay, North Kerry


Saleen Creek & Quay, Ballylongford


Carrigafoyle from Saleen

Carrigafoyle Castle from Carrig Island


Carrig Island, Ballylongford Bay (oddly, the property of Trinity College Dublin)

Carrig Island SE shore


Winter wetlands, Carrig Island


Brent Geese flotilla, Carrig Island

Carrig Island lagoon


Carrig Island shoreline find (2014) – a late 19th cent. 'penny inkpot'

Poet's gate, Carrig Isle


Carrigafoyle Church (on the mainland), late 1400's

a curious hagioscope on the western gable end

a once graceful double-ogive stoup


Carrigafoyle Castle from the West the ruin and collapse are the result of the Elizabethan bombardment in 1580


...the Shannon estuary remains a dynamic frontier between the river and the ocean, one of our last wildernesses The quotation (italics added) is from the UCD School of Archaeology’s publication: 'People, place and time on the Shannon estuary' in: Aidan O’Sullivan and others, Ancient life on the Shannon estuary, Dublin, RIA, 2001 The Shannon Estuary foreshore is largely inaccessible and without a contiguous and continuous system of countryside public footpaths. The wilderness, as such, is none the worse for that, and a determined walker aided by close map reading may still enjoy any of the sights in the foregoing photographs – leaving nothing but footprints and taking nothing except, perhaps, more photos of this magically atmospheric region.

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