Part of a series of pictures from Ireland

Sunday, August 3, 2008

River Barrow, Grand Canal and Monasterevin

These photos were taken on 02 Aug. 2008 around the town of Monasterevin.

Old ruins along the Grand Canal.

Tying up at the little harbour on the Grand Canal, Monasterevin.

From under the bridge of the old N7, Monasterevin.

Sheep grazing beside the River Barrow at Moore Abbey with Monasterevin Wood in the background.

A beautiful Damselfly beside the River Barrow. With it's black wings, it looks like a small helicopter as it flies.

A nice view of the River Barrow at Moore Abbey.

The surprise here is that the lifebouy hasn't been vandalised. The yellow flowers are Ragwort, a highly poisonous plant to animals. While growing no animals will eat it but, when it withers and is mixed with hay it can be dangerous. There are laws whereby it is illegal to allow it to grow but, like almost every other law in Ireland, is isn't enforced.

This plant is called Burdock.

A 'ocean' of Meadowsweet just outside Monasterevin. It covers about 20 acres.

Fishing for Pike on the River Barrow.

Moore Abbey which was once the home of John McCormack, famous Irish tenor and is now owned by the Sisters of Charity.

A snail hanging from an Elder leaf beside the Barrow.

Curious young cattle beside the M7 motorway near Monasterevin.

The 'cannonball express' heading for Dublin.

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