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Sea stack Dún Briste at Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Ireland 2014 Calendar – Downpatrick Head

About 80 meters off Downpatrick Head an impressive sea-stack called “Dun Briste” rises off the wild Atlantic. It’s about 50 meters high and was separated from the mainland in the 14th century as a result of high seas.


The weather – as so often in Ireland – played a key role in this photograph. When we visited Downpatrick Head on a early summer day strong winds were blowing which calls for caution when you are photographing at a cliffs edge. On the other hand wind has the ability to change the weather within moments, as on this day, when suddenly clouds covered the sky and we found ourself in the middle of a hailstorm. The pea-sized hailstones caught us in the middle of a meadow with no tree around that provides protection. As sudden as this horror show had begun, it also was over. We were rewarded with a clear distance view and magnificent light.