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Gap of Dunloe Adventure!

**UPDATE** Due to Petal’s extended acute health crisis & (hopeful) recovery, we are not able to go on this trip yet. We hope to later in the year as it sounds wonderful!

We’ll visit Kerry’s Muckross Park soon, and Terry will do an all-day outdoor adventure.

He’ll canyon & kayak through the Gap of Dunloe, courtesy of Outdoors Ireland & Muckross Park Hotel and Spa. (Their Cloisters Spa is where I’ll be, whoop!)

Here’s the blurb on the Adventure Activity Terry will be doing:

Canyon & Kayak Through The Awe Inspiring Gap Of Dunloe

Journey through the ice carved and inspiring Gap of Dunloe, following the water course, from the highest height to the deepest pool.

By canyon and by kayak travel through stream, river, lake, gorge and track, using rope and trolley in places. Pass through five deep black lakes, full of history; and several cascading water systems.

Descending a height of one hundred and fifty meters and traveling a distance of six kilometres, this incredible journey in the untamed wilds of Kerry will give you an experience never to forget!

No Previous Kayaking Experience Is Needed

Price: €75 Per Person
9am – 4pm
Equipment Provided
Beginners Welcome

Terry is under instruction to take as many photos as he can; Kerry is a very beautiful place and I imagine on this trip he’ll be seeing amazing views not everyone gets to see. We both look forward to reporting back to you, and Terry will be tweeting some of his photos over on @FurnaceFitness, so keep an eye out. If you’ve any Kerry/ Killarney tips to share, do give us a shout! 🙂

Love to Bike?

Check Out These Exciting Northern Ireland Mountain Bike Trails!

These trails really sound thrilling! Nial is going to tell you about them, though, not me, as he is a real active-pursuits type of person, whereas I am what is known as someone who likes ‘soft adventure.’ 😀 There actually are a couple of trails here for the likes of us soft adventurers and young families, but as this is Nial’s home turf & he has the cycling bug, I’ll let him do the writing. (And the uphill cycles, and the exciting careening downhill like a madman 🙂 ) 


Mountain bikes a plenty as cyclists head for Newry & Mourne

Cycling in Northern Ireland- Rostrevor

Mountain biking in Northern Ireland. Image: Discover Northern Ireland

Having always been a destination for lovers of the great outdoors, it will come as no surprise to many that Northern Ireland is quickly building a reputation as a must visit destination for mountain bike enthusiasts. There has been great investment over the past 12 – 24 months in the mountain bike scene in Northern Ireland, with some breathtaking trails now available throughout the province.

One particular area of Northern Ireland that has captured the hearts of mountain biking enthusiasts is Newry and Mourne. With its spectacular scenery (including views of the Irish Sea, Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough) the area of Newry & Mourne not only offers visitors some amazing and natural areas of beauty, it also offers you three challenging mountain bike trails. For the cycling enthusiasts among you or for those of you who are looking for an activity packed getaway with plenty to do and see, get on your bike and visit Northern Ireland.

Over the next few months I will be reviewing some of the great mountain bike trails in Northern Ireland and particularly those in the area of Newry and Mourne. Northern Ireland boasts 4 national trail centres, one regional centre and one local centre.

National mountain bike centres in Northern Ireland:

Rostrevor (Co. Down)
Castlewellan (Co. Down)
Davagh Forest (Co. Tyrone)
Blessingbourne (Fermanagh)

Regional mountain bike centres in Northern Ireland:

Barnett Demesne (Belfast)

Local mountain bike centres in Northern Ireland:

Tollymore Park (Co. Down)

With six mountain bike centres in Northern Ireland for varying skill levels, there really has never been a better excuse for getting on your bike and hitting the trails. For the adrenaline junkies out there, each track does have its difficult trails and for those of you just looking to enjoy the views and take in all that Mother Nature has to offer, there are easier trails suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

If you don’t have a mountain bike but would like to hit the trails, there’s no need to panic as you can rent a bike and any other essential equipment at the various bike trails across the centre.  I have regularly gone out with cyclists who have rented equipment from the Life Adventure Centre in Castlewellan. The bikes are perfect for the terrain you will be on and the cost is inexpensive.

Cycling in Newry & Mourne:

With three bike trails to take on, Newry & Mourne really is a must visit destination for cyclists visiting Ireland. If bikes aren’t your thing but you like the adventures of an outdoor getaway then rent a bike for the day and take your time going round the trails. You’ll find so much on offer with various difficulties of trail routes available.

Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trail:

Of all the bike tracks in Northern Ireland, Rostrevor is perhaps the most challenging but also offers the most in terms of things to do.  Rostrevor not only offers two challenging courses that total 46km but it also offers two epic and fun-filled downhill trails that will really put your bike handling skills to the test. Be warned, of the two trails in Rostrevor it is the black trail that certainly pushes your mountain bike skills to the limit and is recommended for experienced mountain bikers.

The red trail offers beginners and intermediates of mountain biking a challenging but enjoyable journey with some awe-inspiring views of the nearby Carlingford Lough that separates Rostrevor and Warrenpoint (Northern Ireland) and Carlingford and Omeath (Ireland).

Cycling in Northern Ireland- Rostrevor

Mountain biking in Northern Ireland- Rostrevor. Image: Discover Northern Ireland

Rostrevor has firmly established itself on the UK and European bike scene with visitors coming from all over Europe to test themselves on the course.  Rostrevor also recently played host to the Red Bull Foxhunt, where 400 downhill cycling enthusiasts where chased by World Cup Downhill legend Gee Atherton. This is just one of the many events you can expect to see take place at Rostrevor in the coming years.

With a mouth watering 27km red trail and a hair raising 19km black trail, Rostrevor is believed by many to be the top spot for mountain biking in Ireland. The addition of the two downhill tracks just adds to Rostrevor’s appeal to cyclists of all ages.  You can hire bikes and arrange for transport to the top of the downhill trails with East Coast Adventure who also provide tuition and mountain biking guides in Rostrevor for beginners.Eastcoast Adventure Bike Rental Biking Northern Ireland

Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trail:

If Rostrevor sounds like it may be a little beyond your cycling ability at the minute, have no fear, Castlewellan bike trails are just what you are looking for. Located about 25 minutes from Rostrevor and 45 minutes from Belfast, Castlewellan bike trails are located in the picturesque Castlewellan forest park. With stunning views of the Mourne Mountains and the surrounding area, these trails will literally take your breath away. Castlewellan offers three trails (green, red and black) all suitable for varying abilities on the bike.  This means that whether you are new to mountain biking, have a young family with first time cyclists or are an experienced cyclist, you’ll find a trail that is perfect for you.

The green trail is 4km long and shouldn’t last any longer than one hour. It is a gentle trail that runs parallel with the lake in the park, creating yet more perfect scenery. With one slight incline, you will also sweep past the beautiful Castlewellan Castle as you complete your journey.

Biking Northern Ireland

The next trail you can attempt is the more challenging but equally doable blue trial.  Lasting around 2 hours this trail is 4.5km long and finishes on the same path as the green trial. This is the perfect route for those seeking something more challenging as you go in and out of trees and face a number of steep inclines on your journey.

The final route is the most challenging and see’s you climb Mount Slievenaslat on your journey. Lasting 19km’s, this route is one for experienced cyclists and involves a number of speedy descents and also includes some black trail options within it for more experienced cyclists. As with Rostrevor, the mountain bike trail in Castlewellan is extremely popular among cyclists in the UK and Ireland and is starting to really make a name for itself with European cyclists. Castlewellan will be hosting the 2014 Single Speed European Cycling Championships.

Biking trails Northern Ireland

One thing is for sure, cycling in Newry & Mourne and indeed Northern Ireland as a whole continues to prosper and 2014 promises to be another big year.

Giro D’Italia visits Northern Ireland:

2014 promises to be a massive year for cycling in Northern Ireland with the second biggest cycling competition in the world, the Giro D’Italia, scheduled to kick off in Belfast in May. This is a great coup for cycling in Northern Ireland with the route starting at the wonderful Titanic Belfast on day 1 and 2 before finishing in the centre of Belfast at the City Hall. Day 3 then sees the competitors head from Armagh to Dublin in a 187km journey before departing for Bari, Italy for a gruelling 18 further stages of the tour. The race for the pink jersey begins in Belfast and with over 100,000 visitors expected to the city it promises to be the highlight of a great year of cycling in Northern Ireland.

With so many great hotels in Belfast, you’ll be spoilt for choice when visiting one of the biggest sporting events on the calendar in 2014.  Be sure to enjoy the wonderful scenery of Northern Ireland and try to take in one of the great bike tracks in Newry & Mourne as you travel from Belfast to Armagh to watch the professionals at work.

Look out for my next article on mountain biking in Newry & Mourne where I will take you on a pedal by pedal tour of the Castlewellan Bike Trail. Who knows, I may even have to take on the elements of sleet and snow. Now that would be an adventure.

Biking trails Northern Ireland

Nial Toner is a Northern Ireland native and lives in Newcastle, Co. Down where the mountains of Mourne sweep down by the sea. Nial loves to take weekend breaks around Ireland and Europe with Dublin, Galway, Barcelona and Budapest among his favourite destinations. A keen sportsman Nial participates in soccer and Gaelic football and is also a huge fan of rugby and golf. He’s recently caught the cycling bug and is a big fan of hitting the bike tracks around Newry & Mourne. Nial is also kindly working with me as I plan my own trip to Northern Ireland in 2014 to try to discover more about my Irish roots! 

Disclosure: I decided to work with Nial after several lengthy email chats with him as well as my own online research. I think Nial has good information & experience with the biking trails that will be helpful to you– otherwise I wouldn’t accept his post! This is the first time I’ve ever received payment for working with someone, and it is important to me that I am upfront about it. I now do Vibrant Ireland as my living, and in some ways that makes it even more imperative that you can trust, enjoy and use what you read here– or you’ll stop reading & I’ll be on the bread line. So, thank-you for reading! And don’t worry; the vast majority of posts on Vibrant Ireland will always be my own— hopefully I’m right in thinking you like it that way! 🙂

'The Calf House' megalith in Cavan Burren. Ireland

‘The Calf House’ megalith in Cavan Burren. Is very interesting, as was also used as a little shelter by the farm until the 1950s!

Officially Open for exploring!

One of the lesser-known treasures of Ireland is the Cavan Burren Park. It’s chock a block full of  interesting structures, stones, walks & folklore which stretch back into the mists of time.

I had a quick (& rainy!) visit in March, and went away excited to return to see more. I think you’ll enjoy the Cavan Burren, too! Now that it is officially open, pencil it into your day-tripping or Irish vacation plans. A special time to go will also be during the events on at the Summer Solstice 21 June. You can read a bit more about that & check out some photos here.

Here’s the official scoop on the Cavan Burren Park:

Cavan Burren Park and Interpretative Centre will open up this spectacular area to the public while protecting the historical infrastructure.  Areas like the Global Geopark are essential in supporting tourism in rural communities and are of immense value in terms of protecting our national heritage. Increasingly partnerships are essential if we are to deliver these important projects and I commend the work of Cavan County Council and Coillte in delivering this innovative project.”-Minister Phil Hogan 

Cavan Burren Park is a joint initiative between Coillte and Cavan County Council and consists of a 5km series of walking trails (including a multi-access trail) and an interpretative centre within the  UNESCO designated Marble Arch Caves  Global Geopark. The site is recognised to have an exceptional archaeological heritage with over 80 monuments, ancient hut sites and field systems that survive from prehistoric times.

The 124 hectare Cavan Burren Park is a cross border initiative made possible through over €900,000 in funding from the Border Uplands project which is supported by the European Union’s Interreg IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programme Body and delivered by the Irish Central Border Area Network (ICBAN); project partners include Cavan County Council, Fermanagh District Council, Leitrim County Council and Sligo County Council.  Cavan Burren Park will be jointly managed by Coillte and Cavan County Council who have been working together to deliver local tourism and recreation facilities while protecting the landscape and heritage for future generations.


    Find out more about Cavan here:



The display of the Northern Lights in Ireland 27 February 2014 was unforgettable. Here are some of the best photos:

Dingle, Kerry, Ireland sunrise over the water. Courtesy Dingle Walking Festival

You may never want to leave the beauty of Dingle. Pic via Dingle Walking Festival &

The Dingle Peninsula may make you want to hang up your boots & call it home.

Yes, it is that beautiful, rich in history & culture, friendliness & terrific local food.

Think I’m exaggerating? Why, there’s even a local beer, Tom Crean’s, and a whiskey, vodka & gin maker; Dingle Spirits.


Well, maybe don’t  hang up your boots just yet, because you’ll want them to take part in the Dingle Walking Festival this February 14-16.

The walks are graded from Easy to Difficult, so there is something for casual walkers right up to highly experienced hikers. There’s even a 90 minute Night Walk (bring your flashlight!) that includes a pint of the local Tom Crean’s lager. I’m pretty sure the pint comes after the walk 😉

If you don’t know the story of the Dingle peninsula native and Antarctic explorer/hero Tom Crean, click. A strong brave explorer who also cuddled puppies? Of course you want to know more! 


Tom Crean, Irish explorer & hero of the Antarctic. with sled dog puppies

Tom Crean, Dingle peninsula native and explorer & hero of the Antarctic. Pic via wikipedia

I did a whirlwind visit to Dingle town during their wonderful October Food Festival. This had lots of mouth watering foodie surprises for me, with several local products that I hadn’t encountered at other food festivals in Ireland. There’s a fantastic food ethos in the area, so if you work up an appetite on your walks, don’t worry, you’ll be well catered for.

I was also surprised to see that there are many beehive huts actually on the peninsula- for some reason I thought that you had to go out to the Skellig Islands or such to see them. Bonus! The Dingle area really is full of historical treasures.

The Dingle Walking Festival is a fun way to discover Dingle. When they say ” Corca Dhuibhne – the Dingle Peninsula is a walkers’ dream” they aren’t telling porkie pies!

  • Unspoiled  scenery, breathtaking coastal views
  •  Rich in Archaeological Sites.
  • Routes including the Pilgrims Way; pre-dating  Christian Ireland, & Ireland’s Holy Mountain- Mount Brandon.
  • Walks led by experienced locals, agus is féidir leat siúl agus bheith ag comhrá as Gaeilge.
  • Beidh fáilte agus fiche romhat sa cheantar Gaeltachta seo! Beir leat do mhaide siúil!

I SO want to go back, soon! The Dingle peninsula is another stand-out gem on Ireland’s new Wild Atlantic Way- and less busy than the Ring Of Kerry & Killarney. My whirlwind visit wasn’t long enough at all. Give yourself 2 or 3 days to really enjoy and explore. Hey, the 3 day Dingle Walking Festival could be perfect!

TIPS: If you enjoy Irish pottery, the Louis Mulcahy studio, shop & cafe is located on the Dingle peninsula. This is still on my go-see list, as is the Dingle Distillery, which gives tour by appointment- ring Mary Ferriter on 086-829-9944. For a slice of life in Dingle, Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s blog and her book The House on an Irish Hillside are great reads, check them out.

See you in Dingle! Tweet me if you’d like to share photos you take if you go to the Walking Festival- or any time. the same goes for sharing YOUR tips on Dingle; we’d love to hear them. You can comment below, or, as the comments close after a few weeks, tweet or email (address in the About section) us them. Thanks!

Dingle ireland misty sea and rocks

The Dingle seaside is beautiful even in the mist

A county of sparkles!

Fermanagh is a county of sparkling lakes, sunrises, and sparkling ideas.

Twitter has alerted me to her charms and now I want to alert you!

There are several events & attractions open for free in Fermanagh on 7-9 March 2014 during their Open Weekend:

Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre – 
Open to the public for FREE on Saturday 8th of March 10am – 3pm

Belleek Pottery – 
Open to the public for FREE guided tours on Friday March 7th 10.15am -12.15pm and 1.45pm – 3.00pm. The Centre will also be open on Saturday 8th from 10.00am – 5.30pm and Sunday 2pm – 5pm Admission free, but no guided tours available.

Drumskinny Stone Circle –
Explore Drumskinny Stone Circle with an experienced guide from Erne Heritage Tours to explain the history of the site. (Guide on site Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm)

Enniskillen Castle Museums – 
FREE Admission on Fri, Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm

Headhunters Railway Museum – 
FREE Admission on Friday 9.00-5.30pm, Saturday 9.00-5.30pm & Sunday 10.00-5.00pm

Janus Figure, Boa Island
Experienced guide on site to explain the significance of this historic figure. (Saturday 10am – 4pm)

Lady of the Lake – 
Enjoy a FREE sailing on board the Lady of the Lake on Saturday 8th March at 11.30am and 1.30pm departing from Innishclare Jetty.

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark –
Guided tours of the Marble Arch Caves will be offered on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March at half hour intervals from 12:30p.m. until 4:00p.m. Booking is essential. Places are limited to 21 persons per tour and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. Please be advised that the Caves may close for safety reasons following heavy rain. 20 minute information sessions about the wider Geopark will also be delivered throughout the afternoon of the 8th & 9th.

MV Kestrel –
Depart for a short tour of Enniskillen Island Town from the Lakeland Forum Jetty, each hour on the hour from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 8th March.

National Trust Properties –
3 Fermanagh National Trust properties for free on the 8 and 9 March.

Castle Coole
Parkland open 10am – 7pm
House tours will run from 11am with the last tour at 4pm*
Shop and tearoom will be open 11am – 5pm
* House tours are booked at Visitor Reception and are subject to availability
Shop and tearoom will be open 11am – 5pm

Florence Court
Gardens and park open from 10am – 7pm
House tours will run from 11am with the last tour at 4pm*
Shop and tearoom will be open 11am – 5pm
* House tours are booked at Visitor Reception and are subject to availability

Crom Estate
Grounds open 10am – 5pm
Visitor Centre open 11am – 5pm (Exhibition, shop and tea room)

**Watch out for National Trust Membership Offers happening over the weekend**

Share Inishcruiser
Saturday 8th March Cruise 10.30am
Sunday 9th March Cruise 10.30am
Departing Share Discovery Village to Crom Estate rtn approx. 2hrs sailing
Booking essential +44 (0) 28 6772 2122 – spaces allocated on first come first served basis.

Walk and Talk Tour of Enniskillen
FREE tours of Enniskillen town on Sunday 9th March at 12 Noon and 2pm. Tours to start from Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre, Wellington Road, Enniskillen – no booking required.

Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre will be open over the weekend – Fri 9am-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-2pm & Sunday 10am-2pm

 Fermanagh open weekend 7-9 March 2014Additionally Fermanagh Lakelands has a visitor guide and maps & brochures you can download from their site. There are also apps. Check ’em out!

I’ve never been, but the Fermamnagh Open Weekend has opened my eyes. I’m planning a visit! Given how I love caves (Doolin Cave in the Burren anyone?) the Marble Arch caves are high on my list. If you’ve any tips & suggestions on what to see do eat & so on in Fermanagh let us all know in the comment section below.



Griangrafadoir  is the Irish word for photographer.

The literal translation is sun light designer.

Sunrise at Ireland's Eye, taken from Baldoyle by Jeremy Skillington

Ireland’s Eye, taken from Baldoyle by Jeremy Skillington

Isn’t that lovely? How fitting, especially for the Ireland Sunrise photos.

Here is the newest selection of the photos. They’re just a few of the many shared on Twitter & Instagram, and each week I’ll do a post with more. Remember, if YOU have a photo of a sunrise in Ireland, you can join in by sharing it with the hashtag #IrelandSunrise. Who knows, it may end up on one of these Irish sunrise blogposts as well as on social media 🙂

If you’d like a daily dose of the sunrise photos, check out the #IrelandSunrise hashtag streams, or @VibrantIreland where I RT the Twitter photos. Thank you!

BIG thank yous to everyone who is sharing- I get lovely responses from folk saying how your photos are brightening their day! Well done, you sunlight designers 😀

Declan Gilmore shares a beautiful dawn in the southeast with us:

Ireland sunrise & house silhouette by @DecGilmore

Ireland sunrise  & silhouette in the SouthEast by @DecGilmore

Dublin City has its own special sunrise beauty, as Gary Reville shows:

Sunrise Dublin Ireland by @rockyreville

Sunrise over the Eircom building, Dublin, Ireland by Gary @rockyreville

 Woolly sheep in the field are toasty even on a frosty morning, from Suzanna Crampton:

A frosty Ireland Sunrise for @zwartableIsE sheep

A frosty Ireland Sunrise for @ZwartablesIE sheep

Johann Doorley captured the sun as it crests the horizon and silhouettes the twisty branches of a wind-weathered Hawthorn tree:

Ireland Sunrise cresting the dark horizon by @caccabus

Sunrise cresting the dark horizon, by @caccabus

Whilst a small boat heads out do see what the day will bring, via Will McGoldrick:

The boat Fearless II heads out at sunrise in Youghal, Cork, Ireland. By Will McGoldrick.

The Fearless II heads out at sunrise in Youghal, Cork. By Will McGoldrick @whipperwills

On the outskirts of Dublin City, the Irish Sea reflects the sunrise, shared by @justaddattude on Instagram:

On the west coast of Ireland, in Sligo, Val Robus gives us the contrast of the vast sunrise sky versus being fenced in:

Also in Sligo, Ken McGuire wakes up to a beautiful Christmas day. Yes, sunrises are a gift. Enjoy!

Keep watching for the Irish sunrises- in person, on social media, and each week on Vibrant Ireland. Why not try a little sun-designing & join in? 🙂 

What time is the sunrise here in Ireland in January? Well, it changes a little each day, but for middle of January sunrise time is around 8.40 am- 8.30 am.

Missed last week’s #IrelandSunrise post? You can read it here!

May you enjoy each day ahead

stone scissors

These gardens are fun! I think a giant has just taken a break from hedge trimming & left behind his clippers.

Even in Winter there’s a lovely oasis in Carlow.

Delta Sensory Gardens are a real surprise, hidden away in the back of an business estate just outside of Carlow town.

Delta Sensory Gardens are two and a half acres of varied interlinking gardens; water, roses, sculpture, woodland, natural, formal, musical and more!

Wonderfully creative, a visit here will have you oohing & ahhing over the features as well as the plants. You can see some of these in my photos. Even on a grey Winter afternoon it was attractive. I can’t wait to go back in spring & summer!

The Delta Gardens also hold events such as their lovely Christmas wonderland & craft fair, as well as being a lovely wedding photograph venue!

If you’re in the area & feel stressed, I reckon watching the beautiful big goldfish swim in the fish pond and listing to the water flow from the many unusual water features would be a gentle way to relax & enjoy.

The sleeping lady's head Delta sensory gardens ireland

The sleeping lady’s head under a blanket of leaves

Yep, it’s a gem; with a small garden centre & coffee shop, Delta Sensory Gardens does just what their website says: combine the attractions of a tourist facility with the sensory gardens also providing a therapeutic focus and benefit for people of all abilities.

Have a look at the following photos – kids especially love the giant sleeping lady and the other hidden surprises throughout in the gardens. Go explore!

PS: the water features are really cool- don’t miss the GIANT spinning stone ball!


I’ve a map near the end of the post to help you find your way there.

The Delta Sensory Gardens website is here.


peas in a pod sculptures delta sensory gardens ireland

The stone sculptures are made by a local sculptor. LOVE these pea pods. And yes, you ARE meant to touch 🙂

Insect hotel

Any insect would be happy in this lovely rustic insect hotel!

Amazing water feature carlow Ireand

This water feature in the rose garden is amazing. It’s a circle, yet the water flows along it no bother! On the inside it is a solar calendar. And look- roses still blooming at end November.


Delta Gardens Ireland water feature

Just one of the Delta Gardens’ water features

Pond & waterfall delta centre gardens

The pond is home to lots of colourful goldfish- big and small.

beautiful birch bark

Beautiful birch bark!


Indoor water musicfeature, delta Sensory Gardens

Don’t miss the indoor dancing water feature!

Rustic wood sculpure in the woods

Boo! This rustic sculpture is hidden in the trees!

Many of these are my Instagram photos for #IGTravelThursday. Would you like to join in? Just instagram some of your travel photos (can be local travel!) & hashtag them #IGtravelthursday. Check out the other interesting photos on that hashtag stream, as well. If you are a blogger, you can also do a post centered around your Instagram travel photos For all the ins & outs on joining in, see Skimbaco. Happy Thursday! 

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first sunrise of 2014 Ireland

The first sunrise of 2014, in the Barrow Valley, ireland

 A fresh start.

Sunrise. A new day.

Often a surge of exhilarating beauty which we enjoy as the sun wakes up the sky. Perfect antidote to the Monday morning blahs.

Enjoy this very first round up of the Ireland sunrises sourced from photos people shared on Twitter and Instagram.

Would you like to share your sunrise in Ireland photos too? Just tweet or Instagram them with the hashtag #IrelandSunrise and I’ll re-share as many as possible. I’ll also use several in the weekly Ireland Sunrise post on

What time is the sunrise here in Ireland when these were taken? Well, it changes a little each day, but for end December & start of January a loose time is around 8.40 am.

Thank you to everyone who has shared their photographs over the past few weeks. So many people have enjoyed seeing them! Keep up the good work 🙂

Enjoy the sunrises!


Here are just a few of the #IrelandSunrise pictures shared on Twitter:


 From the West:

 From Dublin:

Wow! #Irelandsunrise RT @gribers: Dublin sunrise a little earlier. #photography

Dublin sunrise by @gribers

— Susan VibrantIreland (@VibrantIreland) December 19, 2013



A frosty Cow:

A Path to the Sunrise:

A vibrant Collage:

A glittering morning at a Sligo Lake:

There were so many wonderful photos shared over the past few weeks, and these are just a few. Do have a look at #IrelandSunrise on Twitter to see more, and also on Instagram. Keep sharing YOUR photos, too! I’ll be choosing from both new shares & the older shared photos for another blog post next week.