zaterdag 29 december 2012

An Irish Christmas...

... is full of "little people".

Photo: Josée

zaterdag 22 december 2012

The Folly's Kitchen is Slowly Taking Shape

Here, Pirate builder Mike is adding the tiles.

Foto: Peti

zaterdag 15 december 2012

The Folly From Fore and Aft

Deceptively modest from the front, the Folly reveals its true nature from the rear.

Photos: Peti

zaterdag 8 december 2012

The Entrance to the Folly

The elegant entrance to the Folly replete with handy wheelbarrow and the twin compost-makers in the foreground.

Photo: Peti

zaterdag 1 december 2012


Armed with a flag staff, this young pilgrim has spent many painful hours clambering up the Croagh Patrick, the local holy mountain, on his bare feet. At the summit, he paused long enough to have his picture taken by photographer Ineke Oostveen, who was staying at Polranny at the time.

Photo: Ineke Oostveen

zaterdag 24 november 2012

There are Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden!

No, not leprechauns as you would expect but beautiful little fairies, who briefly appeared during the stay of an exceptionally talented 11-year-old called Josefien.

Photo:Ineke Oostveen

zaterdag 17 november 2012

Once a Tiny Cowshed...

... the Folly is now turning into a veritable palace!
Photo: Peti

zaterdag 10 november 2012

More News about the Folly

The windows are in place and builder Mike Wilson has added some stylish curlicues to the cement work. These were originally intended as a temporary element but have now become a permanent feature.

Photo: Peti

zaterdag 3 november 2012

News about the Folly

The Folly, the smaller building next to the main house, is being thoroughly revamped and renovated. The windows are in place and work will now begin on the interior.
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 27 oktober 2012

Divine Madness

The painter Francis Bacon's studio,
now housed at the Hugh Lane Gallery
in Dublin.
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 20 oktober 2012

Natural Drama

Where the sea meets a fresh water estuary....
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 13 oktober 2012

Prehistoric Monument?

A teeny tiny 'megalithic tomb'. Presumably intended for
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial, Ireland.

zaterdag 6 oktober 2012


A tiny pressed flower on the window sill at the Pirates'
house in Polranny...
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 29 september 2012

The Folly Goes Electric!

The Folly, the smaller house on the Polranny Pirates' terrain, has finally gone electric! The digger dug a ditch that now accommodates a cable connecting the Folly to the mains. Internet was also included but this still needs to be tested. The House already has wifi.

Photo: Bertje

zaterdag 22 september 2012

Home Sweet Home!

To us this is just a hole in the ground, but to a bunny
it's a veritable palace!
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 15 september 2012

Teaching a Dog to Swim...

...when she doesn't really want to learn.
PS She ended up hiding behind my legs!
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 1 september 2012


Found by Jet Manrho of Boekie Boekie. Stone and seaweed.
Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 25 augustus 2012


The flowers are pretty but the thorns are fearsome, gorse is plentiful on the boglands surrounding the house. You can hear its seed pods popping in the summer.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 18 augustus 2012

Local Tourist Attraction: Achill Henge

Achill Henge, which is based on Stonehenge in England, was built in just two nights by local businessman Joe McNamara. The reason is vague. As one local pub put it: "Nobody knows."

Whatever the truth, it attracts a steady stream of visitors and is well worth seeing.

This atmospheric photo was taken by recent Pirate guest Jet Manrho.

zaterdag 11 augustus 2012

Lost in Thought

Pirate Peti on Keel Beach.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 4 augustus 2012

New DVDs...

... to be added to the considerable collection in the
back bedroom/private cinema.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 28 juli 2012

Santa's Little Helper?

No, it's one of the workmen kindly fixing the chimney of
the house.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 21 juli 2012

Watery World...

... at the magical Achill Secret Garden, which belongs
to our friends Willem and Doutsje.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 14 juli 2012

Shiny and new

The Pirates have acquired a shiny, new garage so that the
car will be well protected against the winter snows.

Photo: Riny

zondag 8 juli 2012

Fixing the roof

New beams have been added to the Folly as part of
the recent renovation work. All we need now is a
roof and few other bits and pieces so that our visitors
can use this space to create, dream and find inspiration!
Photo: Bertje

zaterdag 30 juni 2012

Addictive Walking

Walking in Ireland is addictive because you always have to
discover the wonders lurking just around the corner, and the
next one, and the next one...

Photo: Profoundly Superficial

zaterdag 23 juni 2012

Rock Pool

All that separates this Connemara rock pool from the Atlantic Ocean is the boulder it's embedded in. Right now it's peaceful so that the rock can develop a stylish green frame. But that will change with the winter storms.

Photo: Bertje Hogervorst

zaterdag 16 juni 2012

Full Steam Ahead with the Folly

The beams are already in place on the Folly, the
smaller of our two buildings. All that is needed now
is the roof.

Photo: Bertje

zaterdag 9 juni 2012

Stowing the Treasure

The house and the Folly are undergoing major renovations. That means that many special treasures are being carefully stowed away, like these rocks filled with prehistoric fossils.

Photo: Bertje Hogervorst

zaterdag 2 juni 2012

Radical Renovations

STOP PRESS: Right now the Folly is surrounded by a barricade
of scaffolding in preparation for a brand new roof! To be continued...

Photo: Bertje

zaterdag 26 mei 2012

The Neighbours...

... are always happy to pass the time of day with you!

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 19 mei 2012

Accidents Will Happen...

... but fortunately not very often! Photo: Riny

dinsdag 15 mei 2012

zaterdag 5 mei 2012

Built by Bunny

A rabbit palace in the dunes of the Currane peninsula.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

zondag 29 april 2012

zondag 22 april 2012

zondag 15 april 2012

Stormy Weather

Experiencing a good storm is one the greatest pleasures of life in Ireland.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

zondag 8 april 2012


In Ireland, there are creative opportunities wherever you go!

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

zaterdag 31 maart 2012


Chance, the much-loved dog of Pirate friends Joan and Noel Scanlon, doesn't like having his photo taken. But he was kind enough to make an exception for this photographer.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

zaterdag 24 maart 2012


This long and winding road leads to sun dappled woods and hidden bays. An adventure every time.

Photo: ©Profoundly Superficial Photography

zaterdag 17 maart 2012

zaterdag 10 maart 2012

Abstract with Running Dog

As the land merges with the sea and then the sky, every visit to the beach is a zen-like experience of visual abstraction.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 3 maart 2012

Punk Sheep

With its clashing fluorescent colours, this sheep is a natural punk.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 25 februari 2012

The Greenway

The Greenway is a scenic route that takes you almost all the way from Westport to Achill Island. You can walk or cycle, and there are plenty of places to rest such as this one which combines art with a first-rate photo opportunity!

Photo: José

zaterdag 18 februari 2012

Humpback whale off Achill Island

On Sat 11th Feb Michael Patten and friends went surfing off Keel beach, Achill Island, Co. Mayo. Out beyond the surf towards the Bill Rock, they observed a large whale surface on at least 4 occasions, that was in the 30-60ft length bracket; clearly too large for a minke whale. Its surface behaviour suggests a species that was creating a lot of disturbance and then several of the surfers saw it clearly lift its tail fluke vertically out of the water, before diving. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, after discussing the encounter with Mark during validation are confident that this is a humpback whale.

Photo and text: the Mayo News

zaterdag 11 februari 2012

Gale Force Ten

Stormy waves of grass cover this ancient graveyard at the Mullet.

Photo: Willem van Goor

The Road to the Bay

Behind the house there's the road to the bay. If you look carefully the sea, you may find oysters.

Photo: Riny

zaterdag 4 februari 2012

Looking Forward to the Spring

This is the moment we're looking for: when the frost recede and the first shoots come out of the ground.

Photo: Riny