Downpatrick Head

Atop – weekly photo challenge

Downpatrick head on the NW coast of County Mayo here in the West of Ireland has some of the most dramatic sea cliffs you can find in Ireland. It was a bit foggy the day this picture was taken.

Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo

Downpatrick Head, Co Mayo

Inspired by this week’s Photo Challenge – Atop

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Motion

My photos for this week’s weekly photo challenge are again taken at Downpatrick Head on the North Mayo coast and it links back to one of my previous photo challenge posts about the sea stack here. I love the sea. I love waves and the power and motion they hold. The waves along this part of the North West Atlantic coast can be very powerful though during our recent visit the sea was quite tame.
Waves at Downpartick Head

Waves at Downpatrick Head

Downpatrick Head

Downpatrick Head

Over millions of years the waves have formed the sea cliffs here, the seas caves, the sea stack, the wave cut platform and the rocky shore. It is a place full of natural splendor.

 

Weekly photo challenge – afloat

Downpatrick Head, on the North West coast of Ireland, has some amazing sea cliffs including this sea stack. The day we visited earlier this week was misty, but it didn’t stop me taking photos. On this one, the stack looks like it is floating on the sea.

Dún Briste

Dún Briste

The sea stack is know as Dún Briste, meaning the Broken Fort. The stack is 63 x 23 metres across and 45 metres high. It broke off the mainland in 1393.

According to legend, a pagan chieftain, named Crom Dubh lived on the land. Saint Patrick (Ireland’s Patron Saint) tried to persuade Crom Dubh to convert to Christianity, but he refused. The refusal angered St Patrick and he hit the ground with his crozier. And the stack became separated from the mainland and Crom Dubh was left to die.

Researchers helicoptered onto the stack in the 1980’s did find the remains of stone buildings on the stack!

Downpatrick head

Downpatrick Head

This post was inspired by the weekly photo challenge https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/afloat/