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When the sun rises tomorrow…

When the sun rises tomorrow...

It seems unreal but most of the Covid19 restrictions will be lifted in Ireland tomorrow morning at 6am.

  • Pubs and restaurant hours to return to normal.
  • Nightclubs reopen.
  • FULL attendance at indoor and outdoor events.
  • Covid pass requirement gone for hospitality.

You’ll still need the Covid digital cert (or I presume a negative PCR?) to travel on a plane though.

Today we had just over 11,000 new cases of Covid19, but it’s omicron, “the mild variant”. Our hospitals aren’t overflowing. The Taoiseach spoke this evening and acknowledged that case numbers will go up. Hopefully not too many of those extra people die or suffer long term disability.

Despite the frost on the ground in the photo above this has been a remarkably mild winter. If I go anywhere I’ll be eating and drinking outside for a good while yet.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/1050s

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Blarney Castle Sunset

Blarney Castle Sunset

A few days ago we had a lovely sunset and luckily I was out walking with my wife around the village. Here’s a shot from the road outside. This is a silhouette anyone in Blarney will recognise, isn’t it?


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/490s

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Blarney Horse

Blarney Horse

One of the horses in the grounds of Blarney Castle. February 2015.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length105mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/160s

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Which Way is Up?

Which Way is Up?

A perfect reflection by the River Martin walk in Blarney.

(It’s flipped)


Apertureƒ/2.4
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length9mm
ISO50
Shutter speed1/340s

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Fog in the Light

Fog in the Light

A street light shines through the fog on a gloomy night recently. Many parts of the country had fog warnings but for someone on foot it lent a mysterious feel to ordinary scenes.


Apertureƒ/1.8
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length6.7mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/17s

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The colours of Autumn

The colours of Autumn

As we head into what is often described as a dreary month, especially after the festivities in December, here’s a reminder of the glorious Autumn colours last year. Spring won’t be long now!


Apertureƒ/4.9
CameraSM-G998B
Focal length30.6mm
ISO40
Shutter speed1/150s

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Blarney House in the Distance

Blarney House in the Distance

Walk down by Blarney Lake and you’ll see Blarney House off the distance. There are usually cattle or horses in the fields around here but on this July day in 2015 the fields were empty.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length17mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/160s

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Little Robin on the Wall

Little Robin on the Wall

A robin on my garden wall in December 2020.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/400s

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Light Shines Through

Light Shines Through

Light shines through the trees overlooking in the River Martin in Blarney.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length35mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/160s

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Autumn Colours in Blarney Castle Gardens

We’ve been lucky this year that the autumn and early winter has been so mild. It was 15C today! I think of this display as one last hurrah before the cold and rain and wind really sets in.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/50s

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Winners of the Stone Mad Blarney Half-Marathon 2021

Damian Kenneally, Eagle AC
Damian Kenneally, Eagle AC
Linda O'Sullivan, Watergrasshill AC
Linda O’Sullivan, Watergrasshill AC

I spent a few hours photographing the runners finishing the half-marathon in Blarney today. There was a huge turnout.Weather was dire. Rain falling most of the time with gusts of wind to carry it into your face and on to the camera.

I don’t have any particular bad-weather strategy as I usually stay inside when the weather is bad but this time I took an umbrella, tucked under my arm to hold it up and a small towel to dry the lens and camera body when it inevitably got wet.

2000 photos later, 48GB of data and 65% of my battery gone and the last contestant crossed the finish line. I posted a few of the photos on the Blarney Blog Facebook page but there are more than 700 in total to post and I’ll upload them over the next few days and update this post with a link.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length49mm
ISO320
Shutter speed1/200s

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A flash in the night

Just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit Ireland properly in late February 2020 Blarney Photography Club had an evening session dedicated to flash photography. I’ve already posted a couple of the photos from that night but here are a few more from the night of February 20th, 2020, or 2020-02-20!