Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Revisiting County Sligo in Ireland


It is today that I feel it's more wintry than autumnal. Never mind what season it's supposed to be.The knee-high boots are back on, the silk scarf isn't a mere accessory, and the cotton mac can't be worn open.

The weather reminds me of a visit to Sligo, Ireland, 3 years ago. The coastal seaport in the Northwest of Ireland is known for its marvellous natural beauty, and literary and cultural connections. I was mesmerised by the solitude and peace the surroundings offered, it's perfect for creative minds seeking inspiration and asylum. It's no wonder then that the first Irishman honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature, William Butler Yeats (W. B. Yeats) spent his childhood days in County Sligo. He considered Sligo as his spiritual home, that even though he was born in County Dublin, he chose Sligo, his mother's hometown, as his final resting place. His brother, Jack Butler Yeats, an illustrator, comics pioneer, and holder of the distinction of being Ireland's first Olympic medalist, also spent his boyhood in Sligo.

Irishman Bram Stoker's (author of Dracula) mother, Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley,  was raised in County Sligo.

The international pop music scene had its share of Sligo sons in the form of boyband Westlife. Not that you care perhaps, but you could use this trivia in a pub quiz or game show.




These shots are from an old camera that I binned a couple of years back, so the quality isn't as remarkable as shots taken via more recent models. I had no concept of Instagram or filters yet in 2011, so everything you'll see here are digitally untouched.





Mr. Tittle-Tattles himself spent his boyhood in Sligo. He has always spoken of its soul-cleansing and redeeming effect on each visit. I couldn't agree more.

We drove around town after breakfast one morning. The above photos, taken while driving down the lake, is the rear view from his mother's house. The famous lake, known as Lake Isle of Innisfree, is the namesake of W. B. Yeats' 1888 critically acclaimed poem.













As most would know, Ireland doesn't have the sunniest and driest of weather, but the couple of times I  visited, I've been greeted by a crisp and clean air bathed in sunshine.
































The Atlantic Ocean almost lulled me to sleep.








The sun setting in the Sligo horizon has been one of the most beautiful sceneries I've ever witnessed in my life. The stillness made me even more aware of the beauty that surrounded me, and that my soul thrives in silence.





I was born and raised in a tropical country and spent my childhood in a coastal town where I walked to the seafront. Whereas a tropical beach speaks of celebration, fun, and relaxation, a wintry one evokes calmness, introspection, and inner peace. I feel privileged to have experienced both in this lifetime.










Lonely Planet has recently listed Ireland as 5th in its list of Best Travel in 2015. 

As quoted in the Irish Independent newspaper, 

“Ireland is stunningly scenic," according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 - an annual collection of trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead, published today.
"It is the real deal... its traditions – music, dance, whiskey and beer – [are] firmly intact, and the cosmopolitan, contemporary Irish are just as friendly and welcoming as their forebears were known to be.”




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 I've been back to Ireland once more after this trip and definitely going back again next year, and with the Philippines taking the 8th spot, I am indeed coming home.

 More of Ireland's countryside in succeeding posts.






12 comments:

  1. I would love to do extensive travelling through Ireland. And Yeats was part of my English curriculum at secondary school.

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    1. I'd love to see your post about Ireland one day soon :)

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  2. I've been to a few places in Ireland and enjoyed it, though living in Scotland, I am a bit biased to love Scotland a bit more, haha :) But, they both have stunning scenery and you do really feel a sense of calmness in both. Stunning pictures doll xx

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    1. Don't blame you :D haven't even been to Scotland yet! x

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  3. Well, we have Ireland on our list, but Morocco has actually always been on my list, we shall see which one to go to first. right now, there are a few family destination weddings that are trumping them at the moment. It looks like you had calming visit judging by your photos! :)
    /Madison
    Layered Leaves

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    1. Very calming that my mind is craving for it :) Ireland and Morocco are two very different places. You need to toss a coin :)

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  4. I've been to Belfast once for work for about 6 hours but that's as far as I have ventured when it comes to Ireland. I've heard it's very pretty and your pictures, despite the camera and untouching reflects this. Funnily enough Ireland has never really been on my list to visit but that waterfall is to die for; reminds me of a waterfall I visited in Jamaica. Congratulations on the Philippines spot in the top 10 countries list. Have a good weekend babes xx

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    1. Never in my list either as I'm not a big fan of travelling to cold places. But Mr Tittle-Tattles is from there :)

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  5. There are so many fantastic photos in your post! Ireland must be a really beautiful place where to spend a pleasant holiday!

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  6. One spectacular view after another! The breathtaking scenery more than makes up for the rainy days and cooler climate. It's fair to say that such scenery looks amazing whatever the weather. These sunsets take your breath away. I have to agree that as much as I love tropical beaches and swaying palm trees, I'm equally a fan of the coastline closer to home.

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    1. Know what? I tend to appreciate the beach more when it's cold as I'm able to look at it properly. Tropical beaches make me want to lie in a hammock and sleep. Hahaha.

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