Cruagh Woods, Dublin Mountains

Last weekend I spent some time doing two things I love and two things I haven’t done in a while – hiking and taking photos. My family and I (parents, wife and kids) walked up to Cruagh Peak from Cruagh Woods in the Dublin mountains where I took the following photo on my Canon 400d. I processed the photo in Adobe Lightroom.

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My photos feature on

Its always nice to get some external validation of your work. Sometimes thats people saying it to you, but in this world of the web it’s also pretty cool to get some comments from strangers on flickr, or my photo pages. Even cooler though, is when an online publication asks for permission to use your pictures on their site. contacte me recently to say they had ‘shortlisted’ (makes one feel important, I guess!) one of my shots taken in St. Anne’s Park in Dublin for use on their website. I agreed, and guess what – it was selected ! Surprise surprise. So you can pop over to and see it here.

This isn’t the first time this happened. They also ‘shortlisted’ my shot taken on Sandymount Strand in Dublin, this was also selected and appears here.

Ian Brown – The World Is Yours – Review

The fact that this is appearing here and not in Davies Music Corner gives a hint of what’s to come. If it were any good, it would be in the latter location, not here on the world renowned blog of mark stanley. No.

Uncut sum it up nicely in their review – some snippets from that review in keyword format: lyrical platitudes and flat-footed arrangements, a fairly conservative mix of choppy guitars and programmed strings, melodic grace and lyrical epiphanies are in short supply, half-realised potential …. you get the idea.

Pity then, in a way, that I’m going to see him in a tent in Dublins Phoenix Park on Sunday. Last time I saw him in Dublins Olympia to support the release of Solarized, it was an excellent gig. In fact it was more of a Stone Roses gig than an Ian Brown one thanks to all the tracks of the former they played. Didn’t bother me – they rocked. If that happens this time we’ll be ok. If they play this latest drivel, I’ll be packing up my belongings and running away with the circus.

Google Map of Dublin GAA Clubs

my latest tomato crop

One thing we don’t do so well in Ireland is posting maps links on websites. Case in point – GAA Clubs. Lots of people all over Dublin/Ireland visit other clubs for away matches, and don’t necessarily know where the club is. I come across this all the time so to help get around this I’ve been working on a Google Map of Dublin GAA Clubs which I’ve visited recently. I’ll continue to update this map as time goes by. Hopefully it proves useful to others as well as me.