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The West Limerick Way a virtual trek

Light of Spring, Curraghchase

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

The Maigue in midwinter as it approaches the Shannon

Carrigogunnell, perched on a volcanic cone over the Shannon

The mouth of the Maigue – Carrigogunnell in the distance

rock sandwich near Mellon Point

Mellon foreshore near the mouth of the Deel, a rare sandstone outcrop in West Limerick

sunlight on the lawn the pavilion at Mellon House a welcome sight when glimpsed from the remoteness of Rinekirk Point

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

dyke ridge at Ringmoylan, looking to Woodcock Hill

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

Gleniska, Curragh Chase

Yellow Pool, Gleniska

Log Jam, Gleniska

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

Milltown Lake: a crannรณg-like islet

Milltown Lake: a waterside birch grove

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

November sky: the Clare coast from Bushyisland

Waller's Island, an eroded glacial kame, off Bushyisland dyke.

Bushy Island

Bushyisland sunset (the island gives its name to the local townland, Bushyisland)

The end of the high dykes: looking NW to Shier's Dock

staircase to the West, from Beagh pier

Slieve Bernagh, from Beagh pier

Beagh Castle, northern elevation

Beagh Castle, western elevation

Ballinvoher foreland

Sliabh Bearnach under snow, from Ballinvoher

lag trรก, 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

'Beast from the East' squall (Feb 2018) off Ballycanauna Point

Ballycanauna Point at dusk, from Ballysteen Quay

wetland shore at Ballysteen Quay

water's edge, Ballysteen Quay

Ballysteen Quay shoreline

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

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

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

wintering out, laid up boats at the Deel boatyard


crossing the Deel: Toomdeely mediaeval hall

Holly Island inlet, Toomdeely

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

grewacke 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

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 Deco (or possibly Art Nouveau) relief plasterwork

grey wisteria, Glin

corbel console, Glin

the lie of the land

For an extended version of this presentation taking in North Kerry, see also: Shannon Estuary Way For high-resolution full-screen photos and slide show option, go to: Shannon Estuary Trail –

West Limerick Way  

A virtual trek along the Shannon Estuary shoreline and hinterland in West Limerick, Ireland.

West Limerick Way  

A virtual trek along the Shannon Estuary shoreline and hinterland in West Limerick, Ireland.