Here’s some more pictures of Ballybay that I’ve pulled out of my archives that I think deserve another look. My global photographic odyssey isn’t getting much past my hometown for the moment, but all in good time I say…
One of the many grand remnants of the old railway line that traversed the county. This four arch bridge is the biggest and most impressive in the very picturesque surroundings of the Dromore river system just off the road from Ballybay to Cootehill.
This photograph was taken in Drumirril, which is an unassuming field in the middle of the nowhere that just happens to contain the largest concentration of neolithic Rock Art in the country, if not the world. Though nobody around here pays it much attention sadly, and indeed eventually all traces of it will eventually be subsumed by nature. So best take a look while you can I say.
This is a charming house that is over 200 years old, and like so much architecture around county Monaghan, it is in private hands and may well be left to go to ruin. It’s not hard to imagine this house being shown a little care and attention and returning as a great place to call home.
This is a small unassuming lake that is often the victim of fly tipping too sadly. However, I find it very atmospheric, and with the ice and bare branched trees, I think its great for photos.
I took this photo just yesterday, as I’m back in Ballybay for a few days at Christmas right now, as is often the case. Everytime I’m back though, I always enjoy the christmas lights, and in this instance, they spurred me on to taking a few shots of the town itself. I think its a great little Market town with some outstanding archtiecture, it’s just a shame that its not as prosperous as it used to be, and may well never be again.
I created this shots with a long exposure with my camera perched on a street post for stability. i think the light streams really enliven this static shot by creating a sense of movement.