zaterdag 31 december 2016

St. Brendan

A sculpture adorning the Polranny Pirates' house that depicts the miraculous
voyage of St. Brendan into the unknown. In bright sunshine he and his boat
appear to be levitating. ©

zaterdag 24 december 2016

zaterdag 17 december 2016


A monument to the Titanic disaster in the tiny Irish
village of Addergoole. Fourteen of the passengers were
from this area and only three of them survived.

zaterdag 10 december 2016

zaterdag 3 december 2016

Errew Abbey, Lough Conn

Errew Abbey was founded in the 7th century. Legend has it that a sacred
relic from the Abbey lay at the bottom of Lough Conn for centuries
before it floated to the surface. ©

zaterdag 26 november 2016

The Folly Studio (2)

The house that Bertha Hogervorst built with a little help from her friends 
- as seen from the front. ©

zaterdag 19 november 2016

The Folly Studio

The house that Bertje Hogervorst built with a little help from her 
friends - as seen from the back. ©

zaterdag 12 november 2016

This is What It's All About!

Walking in an astonishing landscape with the one you love!
©, Ballycroy National Park

zaterdag 5 november 2016

Sea Monster

The spider crab is the largest of its sort in Ireland. Its carapace grows up
to six inches (15 cms) while its leg span can reach twenty inches
or 50 cms. But that's nothing compared to the Japanese spider crab
that, claw to claw, measures a mighty twelve foot or 3.8 metres!

zaterdag 29 oktober 2016

zaterdag 15 oktober 2016

Travelling Teds Alfie and Rory...

...loved up and blissed out at the Polranny Pirates' Folly studio.

zaterdag 1 oktober 2016

zaterdag 24 september 2016

Sheep Path

Q: Disoriented in Ireland and can't find your way home?
A: Follow the sheep path. They always know the best and safest route.


zaterdag 17 september 2016

zaterdag 10 september 2016

A Young Hare

One of a large family that has favoured the Polranny Pirates' garden 
for many generations now.

zaterdag 3 september 2016

Beautiful Geraniums...

...waiting to be planted in the Polranny Pirates' large and rambling garden.

zaterdag 27 augustus 2016

A Mighty Tree...

...named after a mighty woman, the activist and scholar Angela Davis. 
Both sport an impressive 'fro! The tree dominates the Polranny Pirates' garden.

zaterdag 20 augustus 2016


Being by the Irish sea makes you hallucinate! must be the extra oxygen...

zaterdag 13 augustus 2016

A Wild Irish Orchid

Discovered in the peat boglands behind the Pirates' house in Polranny.

zaterdag 6 augustus 2016

Water World

Discovered in the peat bog lands behind the Pirates' house in Polranny.

zaterdag 30 juli 2016

zaterdag 16 juli 2016

zaterdag 9 juli 2016

The Latest Pirates' Guest

Travelling ted Alfie has just arrived in the Wild West of 
Ireland and is wondering what adventures are in store...

zaterdag 2 juli 2016

Polranny Studio

Artist and recent guest Brigitte Rio chose the room above the porch as her
studio during her residency in Polranny. A great choice because
it has excellent views of the surrounding countryside. More of
her work and other activities here are included on her blog:

Photo: Brigitte Rio

zaterdag 25 juni 2016

Insects And Plants

A plethora of plants and insects inhabit the school leaving certificate
work of Mona Sweeney from nearby Achill Island. Since then she's
graduated in fashion, won a prestigious prize and is currently
interning with top fashion designer Iris van Herpen in Amsterdam!

zaterdag 18 juni 2016

The Holy Virgin...

...taking a stroll through Mullingar.
Photo: Sheila Ahearne

zaterdag 11 juni 2016

Polranny Featured in High Profile Dutch Magazine!

While staying in Polranny, writer Martin Reints worked on an article involving
descriptions of not only our house but also the surrounding countryside.
It was subsequently published in the Dutch-language publication
De Groene Amsterdam:


zaterdag 4 juni 2016

A Changing Landscape

A 1974 view from the house in Polranny. Of course, much has changed
since then. There are more houses, more foliage and trees and
donkeys are rarely seen. But it's still very beautiful...
Photo: Con Mönnich

zaterdag 28 mei 2016

Then and Now

Dutch photographer Con Mönnich has returned to the house in Polranny after 42 long years!
His photo on the left is of our neighbour Mrs. Masterson and her family back in the day. The one on the right is of Mrs. M today, a proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and the absolute matriarch of the clan!
Photos: Con Mönnich

zaterdag 9 april 2016

The Michael Davitt Bridge...

... in nearby Achill Sound is apparently based on the ribcage of a basking
shark, a leviathan that sometimes visits these parts.

Photo: ©

zaterdag 26 maart 2016

zaterdag 19 maart 2016

Back in Dublin...

 miss the wilds of County Mayo. Come back soon!

Photo: ©

zaterdag 12 maart 2016

Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin

Underneath a seal was frolicking in the waters of the Liffey.

Photo: ©

zaterdag 27 februari 2016

Betwixt Night and Day

The witching hour is a time of shape shifters, spooks and spells.

Photo: ©

zaterdag 20 februari 2016

Most People Have Fairies at the Bottom of Garden

But the Polranny Pirates have two magnificent Beehives, lovingly tended by
Tim Stevens of Clew Bay Honey!

Photo: ©

zaterdag 13 februari 2016

zaterdag 6 februari 2016

zaterdag 23 januari 2016

zaterdag 16 januari 2016

The Resident Goddess at Corley's Pub

You can have a slap-up Sunday lunch here after attending mass at
Ballintubber Abbey, a place of great mysticism from pre-Christian times onwards.

Photo: ©

zaterdag 9 januari 2016

zaterdag 2 januari 2016