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February 15, 2016

Carrigaline / Curraghbinny Woods, Cork Ireland; 6 – 11 February, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 9:27 am

The gently sloping hills and lush countryside around the small village of Carrigaline are a treat for the eyes. Even between healthy doses of sideways rain drops, you get a sense of peace looking out onto the vast green expanse of this place.

Ballea Castle –  Originally built in the mid 16th century, the house fell into disrepair and was restored by the Hodder family in the 1800s. Legend has it that one of the Hodder daughters fell in love with a local farmer’s son. Her father was furious, wanting her to marry a man of his choice. During an argument with her father, the daughter’s horse was spooked and jumped over the edge of a cliff, with both daughter and horse falling to their deaths. A White Horse was painted on the cliff to mark the tragedy. Locals believe that if the horse were ever to turn green with mold, something terrible will befall the surrounding town. It’s been kept pristine since. 
  

This dog didn’t want its owners to leave and chased them all the way down the road

  

  

  

  

Lashing

  

Fully Stocked

  

It really is amazing how green Ireland is. Everywhere you go stones and hillsides are consumed by vegetation

  

  

  

  

  

Fountainstown Beach

  

  

  

  

  

Take me home

  

Most signs have both English and Irish on them

  

  

  

Don’t mess with this guy

  

Snake Flats

  

  

  

  

No place is complete without one

  

  

  

  

  

Every so often you’d come across a ruin. This was once the mayor of Cork’s home. Through the years family members either died off or were put in homes, leaving the house and surrounding barns in a state of decay. Of course it was right up my alley.

  

  

Mold Friend

  

  

  

Local delinquents had long since stripped the fireplace of any valuable materials

  

  

  

  

  

Lone Protector

  

  

  

Remnants

  

  

  

  


Curraghbinny Woods

  

Pinal Vortex
  

  
  

  

    

You could see the town of Crosshaven from the trails
  

  

Taking himself for a walk

     

New through the old

    

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