Muckros(s) Head or Cionn Mhucrois

Muckros(s) Head or Cionn Mhucrois is a peninsula situated in the Parish of Kilcar in Donegal. It is a beautiful, quiet area with two beaches. At one point there is a vertical overhanging cliff that juts out into the sea and is a favourite of rock climbers wanting to test their advanced skills.

I spent a day there wandering round looking for compositions for photographs and waiting for the weather to play nicely. By chance I was flying the drone and came across this sign in the ground, one of the many “Eire” signs that are dotted all up and down the west coast of Ireland. They were put there to assist the allies in World War II by giving them a clear sign as to exactly where they were.

Muckros(s) Head or Cionn Mhucrois is a peninsula situated in the Parish of Kilcar in Donegal.

This particular picture wasn’t one that I ever planned to be a keeper. It was a fleeting record of something that took me by surprise. However (and this is where I like to think the sub-conscious artist brain kicked in), upon review it very quickly became one of my favourite photographs, in fact one of my favourite photographs of all time. Not because it was technically difficult or took a long time to plan like a lot of landscapes, but because of its simplicity and because it just sums up the land (and to a certain degree the people) of Ireland for me in a single frame. Wild and untamed…

I have this picture in my own house, framed as a 30×20 in one of our own float frames and it looks spectacular. As a rule I have never hung my own work in my home (think of it as escaping from work and not wanting to be surrounded by it all the time), but this picture is the exception.