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An Irish Sunset on the Ancient Royal Hill of Tara

An Irish Sunset on the Ancient Royal Hill of Tara

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We who would be kings! Sometimes, as a photographer of Ireland's ancient monuments and beautiful landscapes, the stars align and conditions are favourable for a memorable photograph. I had been wandering around the Hill of Tara in County Meath, ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland, and as the sun was heading for the horizon I caught a glimpse of a truly beautiful scene.

I walked around the eastern perimeter of the monument known as An Forradh – The Royal Seat – to see if I could get the sun to line up with the Lia Fáil, the standing stone atop the mound which was said to scream when the rightful king placed his foot on it. I had taken some shots with a zoom lens, but I quickly realised a wide-angle photo might also work.

So I swapped lenses, for a very wide one, and captured this photo, which has become one of my all-time personal favourites of the Hill of Tara. I love that the clouds were catching the golden light of the sun on their verges, and the way the grass in the foreground is part illuminated, part in shadow. And those little flowers give it a sense of summertime beauty, and growth, and for a moment it might have seemed like I was capturing Tara as she had been in the glorious days of the high kingship.

There are two people standing at the Lia Fáil, and I can only imagine what sort of wish they were making together as they touched the stone. What a special moment for them, standing where ancient kings had stood, watching that glorious sunset!

The light was magical.


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


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20.3cm x 30.5cm
8" x 12"

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30.5cm x 45.7cm
12" x 18"

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61.0cm x 40.6cm
24" x 16"

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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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