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My website has been up-and-running for nearly eight months now.

I have decided at this stage to start incorporating "Collections" of photographs into the galleries.

The first addition to my collection is the Saltee Islands.  I have visited the Saltee Islands three times in as many years, and every time I go to visit I am thrilled and the satisfaction is immense.  I hope you enjoy and find these seabirds as fascinating as I do.


The Saltee Islands
-One of the jewels of the South Wexford Coast

The Saltee Islands, consisting of the Great and Little Saltee, St. Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Kilmore Quay Co.Wexford. The larger island, Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland . These Islands are privately owned and are one of the world's major bird sanctuaries. (click on map)



Sika Deer (Fia Seapanach)

The sika deer is the smallest of the three types of deer found in Ireland.  Their summer coat is light brown with white spots, which go in lines across its back. The winter coat is dark grey and can look black in the distance.  The sika deer was first brought to Ireland about 1860, where they were put on the Powerscourt  Estate near Enniskerry, County Wicklow. In that year, Lord Powerscourt bought a stag and three hinds with him from Japan. A few years later, some of them escaped from his estate and spread across the forest areas of County Wicklow.  Most of the sika deer in the country are descendents from these four animals.  Their antlers are V shaped and they usually have 4 points.  Their antlers are shorter and have fewer points than those of the red deer. Like most other deer the antlers grow in summer and drop off in spring. Its ears are smaller as well.  The animal looks well fed and has fairly short legs.  (click on map)



The Tall Ships

The Tall Ships' Races are races for sail training "tall ships" (sailing ships). The races are designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing. The races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a "cruise in company" between the legs. Over one half (fifty-percent) of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people. Dublin was the final host port for the 2012 Tall Ships Race (click on map)



The Laytown Races

The Laytown Races occupy a unique position in the Irish Racing Calender as it is the only event run on a beach under the Rules of Racing. In addition it is one of only a handful of sand race meetings run under the official rules of racing in Europe.

Laytown strand races have been in existence for one hundred and forty years. The first recorded meeting was in 1868 when races were run on the beach in conjunction with the Boyne Regatta. It is assumed that the rowing competition took place on the high tide and the racing when the tide receded. (click on map)