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A profusion of colour

One last shot from the gardens at Mount Congreve in Waterford on Monday demonstrating the amazing range of colours that were everywhere about. It almost looks like someone has gone out and sprayed the foliage!
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Bluebells

The gardener's composition of the scene is magical - all I had to do was wander past and snap the picture!

This is another shot from my visit to Mount Congreve in Waterford yesterday.
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Red Carpet at Mt Congreve

For May Bank Holiday today Heather and I drove down to Mount Congreve in Waterford, where everything was a riot of amazing colour and fragrance. The azaleas were in full bloom, most of the rhododendrons were in flower, there were bluebells everywhere, and the whole place looked and smelled utterly wonderfully gorgeous.

I'll likely post a few more of these photos over the next days, as it's been a bit quiet here while I was posting photos from my recent New Zealand trip over in my New Zealand collection...
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Spring is here, and the Hawthorn Blackthorn is in bloom!
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Dusk over Dublin Bay

A dramatic sky looking towards Dublin from Sutton, with weather approaching along with the night.
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Belfast Botanical Gardens

Something green & irish to share for St Patrick's Day! These Victorian glasshouses are wonderfully intricate outside, and lushly verdant inside.
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Baltinglass Abbey

A curious pyramidal tomb here with the ruins of Baltinglass Abbey. Plenty of interesting spots around the abbey and the associated graveyard, and well worth stopping for 30 minutes to look around on a gorgeous autumn day last year.

#Wicklow
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Ali Rayl from Slack giving a great talk on great customer support, on the main stage of the Dublin Convention Centre. #DTS #DublinTechSummit
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The Rock of Dunamase

We drove circuitously down to Carlow yesterday, visiting this spot for a break in the journey. It's an impressive ruin, covering the top of a commanding hill, with a view into five counties. In every direction the views from the top are breathtaking, and it's great fun for kids because it really is just ruin, with kids presumably been clambering around it since 1350, so there's no great deal more destruction of the historical record that they can do, really!

Not so great for their parents though, as the kids could easily climb up to the top of something very high and fall off it onto rocks below, but mountains can do that all on their own without the need for humans, so perhaps best not to watch too closely and trust them to be able to climb sensibly!

I chatted for a while with a man visiting with his son & daughter who said he was just continuing a family tradition of visiting the best local playground there was, and that he remembered himself and his brothers and sisters all climbing to the very highest parts themselves.

This view looks out through the inner gate towards the road to Stradbally.

#Laois  
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The ultimate chocolate cake, from a shop in Cork, just outside The English Market. Especially for +Gareth 'bigbro' Eason​ - it was awesome.
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