When a client from the States suggested we photographed the session on the Great South Walk, I went something like “Where??”. Even after checking photographs online I wasn’t sure where it was. It looked really nice and I wondered why my husband (who’s been living in Dublin all his life) never brought me there.
After some further research, I realised that this was the lighthouse (Poolbeg Lighthouse) we could see from a lot of different locations around Dublin (Sutton, Sandymount…).
The only way to find out whether it was a suitable location for my client was to visit it myself, and so we did, the following Sunday. It was a very stormy day, but we were lucky enough to get some breaks in the clouds and beautiful sunshine… for a few minutes at a time.
I really enjoyed the drive through the Poolbeg peninsula and was impressed to see the two famous chimneys of Dublin from so close. At just “over 207 metres, are visible over much of Dublin, particularly Sandymount Strand, making them well-known landmarks and some of the tallest structures in Ireland.” (Source: Wikipedia)
We also got to see the new Dublin Waste to Energy Facility, which is quite impressive (even if local residents of Sandymount might not necessarily agree).
As you will see in the photographs, we didn’t get to walk the 1,8kms to the lighthouse due to weather, and instead, we drove down to Sandymount to see the tide pulling away at the speed of a galloping horse (almost!)
It was a very enjoyable day, with amazing views, many rainbows and I find it’s a lot of fun going somewhere new.
In case you’re wondering, the location hasn’t been used for the session at the end, due to the length of the pier, the unpredictable Irish weather and the number of walkers on a Sunday afternoon (they all braved the rain).