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Moonrise at Millmount in Drogheda

Moonrise at Millmount in Drogheda

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A waning gibbous moon rises behind the brilliantly illuminated martello tower at Millmount, Drogheda, Co. Louth. The martello tower was built by the English in 1808 (part of Richmond Fort) - at that time Drogheda was a garrison town, and Millmount had been a base for the garrison for some time.

The mound upon which the tower sits was said to have been raised by the Anglo-Normans around about the time the town of Drogheda was founded in the late 12th century. Back then, it was site of the Castle-Motte of Drogheda.

However. there is much oral history about the mound of Millmount that suggests it was a pre-Norman, and probably prehistoric, mound. It is the reputed burial place in folklore of Amergin Glúngeal, bard of the Milesians, and also the tomb of the wife of the Gobán (Gobhniu), a Tuatha Dé Danann smith.

In recent years, archaeological remote sensing was used to "look inside" the mound. Although the results were inconclusive, they did suggest that there was a smaller, older mound within the current one, and a mysterious "jumble of stones" in the core of the monument at its bottom - perhaps the remains of a Neolithic passage-tomb?
This photo took some forethought. I knew the waning gibbous moon would be coming up in the east, but need to be in the precise location where I could capture it – using a long telephoto lens – behind Millmount. I positioned myself on the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda and waited ... and waited! Eventually, the orange moon appeared, creating a spectacular sight. Then, to add to the beauty, the moon began to disappear behind cloud, but I managed to capture this view before it did so.
I hope you enjoy this iconic shot of historic Drogheda and the ancient Boyne Valley. Perhaps you might like it enough to own your own limited edition print? You can order prints in FOUR different sizes, up to and including the super-large 36x24in, which is 3ft x 2ft. Wouldn't that look spectacular in a frame over your fireplace?


Printed on high quality photographic paper that is fade resistant. The watermark (logo) shown is not on the final print.


Medium Landscape
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H x W
20.3cm x 30.5cm
8" x 12"

Large Landscape
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H x W
30.5cm x 45.7cm
12" x 18"

Extra Large Landscape
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H x W
61.0cm x 40.6cm
24" x 16"

Super Large Landscape
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H x W
91.4cm x 60.0cm
36" x 24"

Portrait prints are the same dimensions except the height and width are swapped.

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  • Exclusive

    All of my prints are limited to a numbered run of just 100. Each item is individually printed to order by a specialist printshop in Drogheda using archive quality photographic paper.

  • Print Quality

    The image on the website is low resolution with a watermark. The prints are very high resolution, accurately coloured, with no watermark. Each one is signed and numbered on the rear.

  • Unique

    I am one of Ireland's best-known ancient monuments photographers. I have an eye for evocative imagery that reminds the viewer of the timelessness of the mythical Irish landscape.

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