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Photos: Sunrise to Sunset; Ireland Summer Solstice

Cows Dunbrody Abbey at sunset in Ireland Summer Solstice 2014

Cows graze along the ruins of Dunbrody Abbey, sunset in Ireland Summer Solstice

Midsummer’s Day in Ireland was spectacular.

The longest day rejoiced with sun; the Irish Summer Solstice was a beaut. Check out the photos!

walking on Baginbun beach Ireland seaweed forage on summer solstice

Not a Summer Solstice cloud as we foraged seaweed at Baginbun, Wexford

Ireland has some spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Due to its position high up in the Northern Hemisphere, Irish sunrises and sunsets are lingering; not blink and you’ll miss it affairs like near the equator. Of course we haven’t the equator’s heat and reliable sun, but we do have very long summer days. In fact on Midsummer’s Day Ireland’s day length was just 2 minutes shy of 17 hours: 16 hours and 58 minutes.

Love daylight? Well, if you factor in the hours when there is still light, (dawn & dusk, which are also known as ‘civil twilight’,) Ireland Summer Solstice sees only around 5 hours of darkness. Sunrise and Sunset has handy info, here’s Ireland 21 June 2014:


Morning civil twilight 04:07
Sunrise 04:58
Transit 13:28
Sunset 21:57
Evening civil twilight 22:49

calf last of summer solstice sunPhotographs of the Ireland Summer Solstice from sunrise to sunset tweeted by folks around the island are gathered in the Storify below.

First, though, are a few I took as we drove home from foraging seaweed on a Wexford beach.

If you enjoy sunrise/sunset photos, you may like these posts with Irish sunrise photos, here and here, and also here. They’re mostly from winter, when late sunrises make photographing them easier! There are some autumn sunrises here.

Here are some wonderful photos from people on Twitter who have more than camera phones to snap with! Enjoy, and have a happy rest-of-the-summer 😀

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