The Things I Found On Bull Island

Armchair on Bull Island © Dave Walsh 2009

Bull Island is a new world, less than 200 years old. Grown from a mere sandback after Captain William Bligh (of the Bounty) made his 1801 proposal to stop the silting of the Liffey by constructing of the Bull Wall, the island is today a UNESCO biosphere reserve – a protected area that by definition is supposed to demonstrate a balanced relationship between man and nature.
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Fata Morgana: Arctic Mirage

Fata Morgana on Joe Island, Nares Straight, north west Greenland

There is something unnerving about watching reality bend before one’s eyes. There is what one “knows” to be true, and that which
one can see through a telephoto lens or binoculars – with Fata Morgana, the two are difficult to reconcile. Something is happening on the
horizon. Icebergs twist and change shape, move, disappear, elongate. Islands rise from the sea. The earth warps.

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Greenland Self Governance

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I was fortunate enough to be in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland on June 21st 2009- midsummer’s day, when Greenland celebrates its National Day. There was further cause for celebration – following a referendum last year, Greenland has decided on ‘self governance’ and on June 21st moved from ‘home rule’ to a new state of autonomy from Denmark. Here’s some of my images…

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Hourglass dolphin and my website featured on Photoshelter

Dave Walsh Featured Photoshelter Photographer 

Well, the nice people at Photoshelter have featured my website and my hourglass dolphin image on their front page for all of June! Amazing… (under the ‘images’ tab on the frontpage slideshow). Photoshelter reckon that 40,000 photographers use their service, so it’s very cool for them to be pushing my work. I feel very honoured – thanks to everyone at Photoshelter…

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Haunted Dublin article in Lonely Planet Spain magazine

Christchurch Cathedral Dublin


Ok, it helps if you read Spanish for this one – I’ve had an article published in the Spanish Lonely Planet magazine, thanks to Luis at Granangular. It’s based on my book, Haunted Dublin, published in October 2008. The article is basically a summary of many of the things in the book, with tales of black dogs, phantom cats, headless horsemen – even bodiless heads – and the murderous black pig that stalked the streets around Christchurch cathedral (above).

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Hellfire Club, Dublin

To Hell or Howth: The Hostel of the Red God

This is an expanded version of an article I had published in 2006, as part of the programme for Conor McPherson’s play The Seafarer, currently being staged at the National Theatre in London. I was asked to write a piece dealing with the mythology of Howth and places in the Dublin landscape. I soon discovered a sinister relationship between some of these places…
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