This evening I took a short trip around the shore of Lough Mask to the location of The World Cup – no, not the football one (or soccer as it is referred to in this part of the world) but a fishing contest, and a pretty serious one. It starts tomorrow and lasts till Monday. I would guess there were about 200+ fishing boats, I’m not sure how many people will fit in each boat but I should imagine 5 or 6 people could get into each boat. The prize is what looks like a new boat, motor for the boat and I presume some sizeable amount of cash. There weren’t many people around but I will be sure to come back one evening to watch the boats come back to shore and check out their catches.
Travelling to the opposite side of Lough Mask this afternoon I had my first fishing lesson. We were trying to catch trout but due to the fact we didn’t have access to a boat it was very difficult. Plus the fact I broke the rod, nearly lost the net amongst other disasters I think fishing defiantly isn’t the sport for me, I”ll stick to my photography. Once again fantastic scenery on from the shores of the Lough.
This evening we took the drive south to the village of Cong in County Mayo. Cong is the home of Ashford Castle, one of Ireland’s finest hotels, converted from a 13th century castle. It was built by Anglo-Norman de Bugos family after their defeat of the O’Connors of Connaught. As you can see from the photograph below this hotel is in a stunning location on the shore of Lough Corrib.
This morning I woke up to a beautiful sunny day in County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. Yesterday we travelled over 500 miles for over 13 hours but we finally made it late last night. I took a little walk down to the local lake (or lough as they say here in Ireland). The photograph below shows the view that greeted me, I am very lucky to be staying within 10 minutes walk from the shore of this massive and wonderful lake for the next 7 days and I’m sure I will have more interesting photographs like this one to share with you.