‘When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart’…by James Joyce

I saw a quote when I arrived in Dublin’s port on my first visit – yet didn’t take too much notice as I thought it was more of an advert. On my second visit, I re read the quote and understood its essence. “When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.” by James Joyce *Arriving by ferry to Dublin  two chimneys loomed from the distance. The iconic Poolbeg Chimneys were mesmerising, beckoning … Continue reading ‘When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart’…by James Joyce

Maghera, Donegal – Spectacular – Unexpected – Tears

You need a car for this spectacular day trip. A 20 minute drive from the small town of Ardara, in the gorgeous parish of south west Donegal lies one of the most breathtaking beaches I have had the privilege to witness. Now these not idle words – I come from a country which displays over 11,000 incredible beaches along our vast coastline. I certainly did not expect a beach to … Continue reading Maghera, Donegal – Spectacular – Unexpected – Tears

Sligo to Galway – Haunting – Desolate homes – Fascinating

A three-hour journey driving from Sligo to Galway took me seven hours! Stopping, trying to turn around on single lane roads to take images of eerie desolate homes where nature had taken back its rightful place. Oh the stories those walls hold…                **Please note – all images are subject to copyright – Lexa Harpell.   Not to be used for commercial or personal purposes without … Continue reading Sligo to Galway – Haunting – Desolate homes – Fascinating

Port Ghost Village, Donegal – Desserted – Dessolate – Unknown

I wake up and Lucy tells me that she will take me to yet another place that will blow my mind.  Quite frankly, I’m finding it hard to envision how she could possibly ‘up the ante’ from all the glorious places I had already explored around Glencolmcille. I have been in absolute awe of scenes that have taken my breath away – surely there can’t be more….yet … Continue reading Port Ghost Village, Donegal – Desserted – Dessolate – Unknown

When we think of rural Ireland…Magical Glencolmcille, Donegal

When we think of rural Ireland, we visualise raw, dramatic cliffs and vistas, sheep, rocks, glorious shades of green, old pubs, fiddle players, Celtic history…a place where time stood still. The place to experience it all is the small rural town of Glencolmcille in Donegal County. Sitting on the Wild Atlantic Coast, it contains some of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal and rural scenery and some of the most genuine, … Continue reading When we think of rural Ireland…Magical Glencolmcille, Donegal

Cliffs of Mohar, Ireland – Awe Inspiring – Impressive – Spectacular

Just about every tourist who comes to Ireland visits these impressive sea cliffs in country Claire. The west coast of Ireland displays many amazing cliffs. The bright green flat tops sheer off vertically in spectacular symmetry into the Atlantic Ocean as if someone has taken bites out of a giant cake. Whether it is sunny, raining or overcast (as was my day) it is certainly awe-inspiring and a must to witness. … Continue reading Cliffs of Mohar, Ireland – Awe Inspiring – Impressive – Spectacular

MARLINBEG – DONEGAL – Secret – Rural – Quiet

Marlinbeg is a small town on the Atlantic Coast in south west Donegal. One of those places where you just walk in quiet and take in the glorious scenery of the Atlantic coast and rural farms. We walked the 16km round trip from Glencolmcille in the spasmodic rain along tracks and through farms. It is one of those walks where your heart beats slower – the outside … Continue reading MARLINBEG – DONEGAL – Secret – Rural – Quiet