zondag 31 augustus 2008

Pleasure Trip

Pirates drive all the way to Donegal to see their favourite cherubs.
Photo: Annie, Glenveagh Castle

zaterdag 30 augustus 2008

W.B. Yeats

The Sligo-born poet WB Yeats now has his own café in Sligo Town.
Photo: Annie

vrijdag 29 augustus 2008

Drive Safely

Who needs car insurance when you’ve got Padre Pio and the Mother of God to watch over you.
Photo: Annie, Sligo Town

donderdag 28 augustus 2008

A Doggy Mystery

Is this a failed attempt to give a beloved pet an honourable burial at sea or the victim of a bungled dognapping?
Photo: Annie, Fahy Beach

woensdag 27 augustus 2008

Beneath the Waves...

... the remains of an ancient car revealed at low tide.
Photo: Annie

dinsdag 26 augustus 2008

The Pirates' Gardener...

... carefully manicuring the front lawn.
Photo: Annie

maandag 25 augustus 2008

How Ted Sweeney Changed World History

From the archives of the County Mayo newspaper Western People, June 2004:

“An event that changed the course of world history was recalled in a picturesque corner of Erris recently as the people of Blacksod gathered to honour the memory of the late lighthouse keeper, Ted Sweeney.

It was on June 4th, 1944, that Ted Sweeney sent a weather report to London that was to lead to the postponement of the historic D-Day landings by twenty-four hours. The Blacksod lighthouse keeper’s report predicted storms in the English Channel – including heavy rain and force 7 winds for the week of the proposed D-Day landings.

Little did Ted Sweeney know that his report – sent as normal from his lighthouse on the periphery of Europe – was to have such a monumental impact on international affairs. The D-Day landings – or Operation Overlord as it was code-named – became the definitive moment of World War II and led to the toppling of the Nazi regime.”

Ted Sweeney also helped to ensure the survival of D-Day veteran Laurence Wright, who would later became my father.
Photos: Annie Wright

zondag 24 augustus 2008

Our Rainy Lady

Located at the base of the Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holy mountain, which some pilgrims climb barefoot or on their knees.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 23 augustus 2008

The Television Room

Nightly film festivals are also held here.
Photo: Annie

vrijdag 22 augustus 2008

Pirate Cinema

"All About Eve" is playing tonight.
Photo: Annie

donderdag 21 augustus 2008

Pirates' Mascot

Boris the spider. You never quite know when he'll put in an appearance...
Photo: Annie

woensdag 20 augustus 2008

A Different Tree

Located in front of the house, drawn by über pirate Peti Buchel

dinsdag 19 augustus 2008

Angela Davis

Angela Davis, a tree named after the 1970s black activist because of its leafy afro.
Photo: Annie

maandag 18 augustus 2008

Pirate Business Meeting

Just another day at the office on the dunes behind Fahy Beach.
Photo: Annie

zondag 17 augustus 2008

Bog Oak

2000-year-old oak roots preserved in the peat of Fahy Beach, County Mayo. The artfully-placed pebbles are the work of the tidal forces of the sun and the moon.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 16 augustus 2008

A Trip to the Gym... Pirate Style!

Mulranny Beach where the sea melts into the sky. Here, you can walk, run and zone out.
Photo: Annie

vrijdag 15 augustus 2008

Today's Great Adventure...

... starts here in the drive.
Photo: Annie

donderdag 14 augustus 2008

The Heart of the House

Central heating and clean clothes.

woensdag 13 augustus 2008

Prince Charming

This prince amongst frogs waited patiently for me to record our meeting on the side of the Slievemore, the Everest of Achill mountains.
Photo: Annie

dinsdag 12 augustus 2008

Rooted in History

Lavender and lilac planted on the ridges of ancient potato beds, which hopefully helped previous locals to survive the Great Famine of the mid-nineteenth century.
Photo Annie

maandag 11 augustus 2008

The Library

Or at least part of it...
Photo: Annie

zondag 10 augustus 2008

Family Picnic

Strict mother fox with adolescent brat considers a lunch of fresh plums.
Photo: Annie

zaterdag 9 augustus 2008

The Great Irish Ruin

The Irish landscape is dotted with ruins of various kinds. This deserted house is of a similar design and vintage as the Pirates' main hideout.
Photo: Annie

vrijdag 8 augustus 2008

Another View of the Bathroom...

... through the eyes of the artist Odette Muijsers.

donderdag 7 augustus 2008

The Bathroom...

... a religious experience everytime.
Photo: Annie

woensdag 6 augustus 2008

Evening Rush Hour

5 p.m... the road from Ballycroy to Mulranny...
Photo: Annie

dinsdag 5 augustus 2008

Looking For Inspiration?

Try sitting at the top of the stairs…
Photo: Annie

maandag 4 augustus 2008

A Saint in Our Midst?

Your intrepid Pirate paparazza braved both security goons and eternal damnation to take this illicit image at the House of Prayer on nearby Achill Island. This controversial institution was founded by Christina Gallagher, who can not only levitate and “bi-locate” (be in two places at the same time) but also sports impressive stigmata. However, an unkind Polranny cynic once suggested that her lesions could well be the result of syphilis rather than the miraculous.
Photo: Annie

zondag 3 augustus 2008

Guess Who Lives Here?

The foxes? The leprachauns? The mythical badger, who has been living here for years but no one ever sees??
Photo: Annie. Taken in the back garden.

zaterdag 2 augustus 2008

Pirate Treasure

A broken piece of ancient carving. Whether an implement or a decorative object, its meaning has been lost in the sands of time. Yet its resolute beauty remains.
Photo: Annie. Found a few days ago on Mulranny Beach.

vrijdag 1 augustus 2008

Walking on Water

But no swimming at the Pirates' cove in Mulranny.
Photo: Annie