It is surprising how many great men and women a small house will contain. I have had twenty-five or thirty souls, with their bodies, at once under my roof, and yet we often parted without being aware that we had come very near to one another.
An eventful hike down into the Poisoned Glen. Nearly broke my leg and my camera. Managed to break my tripod. Had to hide my bag under a rock to shelter it from the rain. Then I forgot which rock I had left it under and there were about a thousand rocks on the mountainside that looked the exact same. Took me about a half an hour to find it. All the while, I got absolutely pissed on. But it was worth it. The summer flowers are still out but the first signs of autumn are creeping in.
📍Kylemore Abbey, County Galway
It's one of our favourite views in Ireland - looking across Pollacapall Lough to the abbey beyond. Kylemore has served quite a few purposes since it was first built in 1868 - a grand family castle, a working abbey and even a boarding school. However, its status as one of Ireland's most cherished buildings has never wavered and Kylemore's popularity today is a testament to the work of Mitchell Henry, the original owner of the castle 150 years ago
One of Britain's wealthiest men, Henry's relationship with Ireland was rather different than many of his contemporaries at the top of British society. Henry had a genuine respect for Ireland and the Irish people and, together with his wife Margaret (herself from County Down) they looked to the beautiful surroundings of Connemara to build a home in which to raise their family. Kylemore took four years to complete but sadly, the Henry family only had a few years to enjoy their incredible home as Margaret died in 1875. While Henry continued his work in helping Ireland gain greater autonomy, he spent less time at Kylemore without Margaret by his side. After being sold off, the castle eventually came into the possession of an order of Benedictine Nuns whose previous abbey in Ypres, Belgium had been destroyed during World War I. As such, Kylemore Castle became Kylemore Abbey and the Benedictine Nuns continue to operate the Abbey today