Welcome to the heart of Connemara. Visit some wonderful places with me and my camera, some popular tourist spots and some hidden gems off the beaten path. Discover the secrets of the Irish countryside. Enjoy my photography!
Somewhere in the area between Rosscahil and the Lough Corrib there is a unique place, abundant with blankets of bogs, patches of karst landscape, groves of hazel trees and a quilt of wild flowers spreading over everything.
Taking a walk on the little roads is a very enjoyable experience. In June, the flowers are at their best, the green is lush and verdant. The daisies are going crazy everywhere. It's my favourite time of the year. Taking the time to walk the bog roads is the perfect summer entertainment for any outdoor lovers. Enjoy the view.
If you go down the Pier road in Oughterard, at some point on your left side there is a little bridge and a path. Do not hesitate and turn to the left, follow that path and go to the river. Enjoy the shimmering water moving slowly towards the lake. Enjoy the colourful boats tied up along the banks of the Owenriff river and simply let your worries go. Breathe in that fresh summer air and forget that town is just 10 minutes walk from where you stand. This is what I really love about Oughterard, in a few minutes you can be in the countryside and at the same time, you are practically in town. Enjoy the Owenriff walk.
The Sheep race is a charity event that happens every year. This year, it was postponed once because of bad weather. That was a really good move because the weather this weekend was absolutely perfect for outdoor events. It was actually roasting hot and sunny. The people looked happy and relaxed as if strolling on the beach. A myriad amount of flowery hats and dresses was visible throughout the event. There were smiles all round, It was a true family day out with barbecue, raffle, spud picking, long puc, penalty shoot out, pony rides and much more. Since Oughterard is such a small place, hosting something similar sure brings out a nice crowd. Kids were running everywhere, people were chatting and gossiping, and of course cheering the jockies and the sheep!
Enjoy the random snapshots from the Sheep Races in Oughterard!
the stars of the show:
The Jokies have assumed positions
Ready steady go!
I have to admit that the sheep really needed a lot of encouragement to go into the right direction, a few times they doubled back where they started from and it took a lot of effort to keep them on the right tracks
It was a fabulous family event, and I really think everyone had fun. I am sure the wonderful sunny weather had something to do with that as well