Anthony Murphy is a writer and photographer who has produced beautiful works in words and images. He has been exploring the Boyne Valley myths and monuments for almost two decades. His work has reached a very wide global audience. Browse the gallery and shop here on Mythical Ireland for the ideal gift, whether it be one of Anthony's books, or a photographic print.
Newgrange is the most famous, and perhaps the most sacred, of the ancient megalithic monuments of Ireland. I go there often with the camera, and capture its many moods.
Knowth, a sister of Newgrange, is a fascinating and complex series of monuments. I am lucky to have had regular access there for photographs over the years, revealing many of its extraordinary facets.
Monasterboice is an ecclesiastical site in County Louth, close to the Boyne Valley megalithic monuments. It has a fine round tower and some of the best examples of Irish high crosses, making it a wonderfully atmospheric location for photography.
The Boyne Valley is a landscape steeped in myth and history, and monuments from all era's of Ireland's fascinating history. It's the centre of my universe. I love photographing all of its varied hues and moods.
Loughcrew is one of my favourite places in all the world. Ancient, rugged, atmospheric and ancestral, it is imbued with a great power and is one of the most photogenic areas of Ireland.
Dowth is one of the great trio of megalithic monuments in the Bend of the Boyne. It is somewhat forlorn and neglected, but this gives it a charm and atmosphere that its more famous siblings do not possess.
Meath's Hill of Tara, which is within sight of the great Brugh na Bóinne monuments, is famous as the place from where the ancient high kings of Ireland ruled. I love going to Tara to photograph its many changing moods and colours.
Fourknocks, a small megalithic chambered cairn about 15km from Newgrange, is deceptive. It looks tiny on the outside but its chamber can hold more people than that of the more famous Newgrange. Its megalithic art is a wonder to behold.
It's easy to see why St. Kevin and his monks chose to live at Glendalough. It is, quite simply, one of the most beautiful landscapes in all the world. With its lakes and forests and mountains, it is a photographer's paradise.
Mellifont Abbey was the largest Cistercian abbey in Ireland and was founded in the 12th century. Its substantial remains make it a beautiful and somewhat eerie place.
Slane is one of the most important historic places in Ireland. With its prehistoric mounds and ecclesiastical remains it is a place steeped in significance.
Drogheda is a medieval town near the mouth of the Boyne with a very ancient history. It has monuments from almost all the ages, including some prehistoric remains. It's my home town and I love its very stones.
Anthony Murphy is the author of five books, including works of non-fiction and fiction. His first book (with Richard Moore) was Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland's Ancient Astronomers, published in 2006 and revised and expanded in 2008. Newgrange: Monument to Immortality was published in 2012 and reprinted in 2016. His novella Land of the Ever-Living Ones was published in 2013, followed by a short novel, The Cry of the Sebac, published on Amazon Kindle in 2014. His newest work, Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past, is published by The Liffey Press in November 2017.
Photos of Trim, County Meath, with its historic castle and other ruins. The great castle in Trim is the largest Norman castle in Ireland and is excellently preserved. It overlooks an ancient ford, or crossing point, on the Boyne river. The castle was constructed by Hugh de Lacy. Trim is a beautiful heritage town and a wonderful place for a photographer to spend time in.