Blacksod part one

Jacob and I had the pleasure of spending the past few weeks in one of the prettiest areas of ireland we’ve seen thus far. We’ve been living and working in the garden at Leim Siar bed and breakfast which is located in Blacksod on the Belmullet Peninsula in County Mayo. If you google map it, you will see that it is more of an island than a peninsula and it juts out of the west side of Ireland. Because you’re basically as far West as you can get in Ireland, people say “Next stop, America!”

While this area is pretty darn rural, it is extremely rich in history and Irish culture, as well as beautiful beaches and scenery. The area is an Irish speaking area which means most road signage is in Irish and many people speak Irish on a daily basis. Our host Hannah tried to teach Jacob and I a little, which I absolutely loved. While I won’t be having a conversation in Irish any time soon, I can say the important things like, “Thank you”, “Good morning”, “Goodnight”, “Cup of tea with milk”, “Cheers” and the most important of all, “butter.”

Even though we were pretty far out there without a car, Hannah showed us around quite a bit and we’re so thankful to her for that and introducing us to some of the great locals in the area. One of the things we loved most about our short stay in Blacksod was all of the great people we got to meet.

I took A LOT of photos during our two weeks out there so I’m going to break up the Blacksod photos into a few different blogs:

Out at the tip of the peninsula there is a lighthouse. An interesting factoid is that the weather forecast that put D-Day into motion was actually sent from Blacksod Bay. 

During one walk to a nearby beach, Jacob and I met a puppy friend who ended up being a nearby neighbor’s dog. 

Up the road from the b&B, at the top of a hill, there is a stone circle sculpture. While it’s not a “real” stone circle, it’s still pretty cool and the view from up there is gorgeous. You can see the ocean on three sides.

Jacob working on his breakdancing moves: 

A good pile of legendary Irish turf: 

In Belmullet Town, about 30 minutes from the b&b, there is a great pub called McDonnell’s. The owner was incredibly kind to Jacob and I and we always found some interesting people to talk to every time we went in. There is a great collection of photos on the walls and I managed to snag a picture of this one. There are some definite personalities captured in these snapshots:

Jacob enjoying the roaring open coal fire. You can’t get much cozier than that:

A few more photos of the beautiful scenery:

Jacob and I are on our last 9 days of travel before flying back home. We’ve been in Donegal the last few nights and are heading to the big city of Dublin today! I will posting more frequently these last few days to try and get everything posted before the end of our trip.

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About Madeline Dickerson

I am a recent graduate of the University of Oregon with Bachelor of Arts degrees in magazine journalism and cinema studies. I am currently interning at the "Chinook Observer" in Long Beach, Washington. I plan on pursuing a career in photojournalism and reporting.
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One Response to Blacksod part one

  1. Priscilla Moore says:

    Beautiful Madeline and Jacob! I must tackle the Thanksgiving feast, but this has been a morning delight with my fp!
    Jacob, your moves on the rocks are impressive, and most entertaining;)
    So much more to say, but off I go.

    Loves
    ps That fire looks lovely

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