Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Meet talented Meath based photographers, Robert and Cathy Ardill. They have a great ability to capture the natural beauty of the landscape. Robert comments: "We are both landscape photographers. Robert is also a painter and Cathy a graphic designer. We have captured images of many parts of the world, especially in Europe, but in recent years we have focused almost exclusively on the Irish landscape.

We are fascinated by the subtlety of the Irish scenery and the transience of the light. Ireland is a country of water, mists, clouds ... and bursts of sunlight. Every season is an entirely different experience and so is every hour of the day. Dawn and dusk are particularly beautiful: over in minutes in the wintertime but long and lazy in the summertime when the nights last for only a few hours.

We live in the lovely village of Slane in County Meath. The historic and beautiful river Boyne runs by our house. We are surrounded by ancient sites such as the megalithic tombs at Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth; The Hill of Slane, with the ruins of a 16th century Franciscan Monastery, looks down on the Boyne valley, Slane Castle and the wonderful 14th century Slane Bridge; to the East is the town of Drogheda and the Irish Sea; to the West the towns of Navan and Kells; to the South Dublin and Trim; to the North Antrim and the wild North Atlantic coast."

Robert Ardill and Cathy Ardill


 Newgrange View with Mist, Co. Meath
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A morning view of the great Newgrange Neolithic burial mound. A thick mist hangs over the Boyne valley. To the front right of the tumulus can be seen a smaller burial mound partly obscured by mist.

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Dublin Bay at Sunset
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A view across Dublin Bay from Howth Head at sunset. The near headland is Dun Laoire (or Dunlaoghaire). To the far left of the image is Killiney and Bray Head. The mountain at the center of the image is the Sugarloaf Mountain.

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Portglenone Forest Bluebells, County Antrim
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Portglenone Forest in May is a mass of bluebell and wild garlic and is a feast for the photographer.

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St Kevins Church, Co. Wicklow
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

"Glendalough ( Irish: Gleann Da Loch, meaning 'Glen of two lakes') is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement. It was founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest.

St. Kevin's Church is a stone-roofed building originally with a nave only. The steep roof, formed of overlapping stones, is supported internally by a semi-circular vault. The belfry with its conical cap and four small windows rises from the west end of the stone roof in the form of a miniature round tower."

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Stachallan Winter Evening, Co. Meath
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

This is one of my favourite views of the Boyne, taken from the lovely medieval Broad Boyne Bridge at Stachallan, and this particular photograph is one of my favourite ones of this scene. I love the lonely tree overhanging the river, the mist in the background and the last glimmer of the setting-sun.

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Portglenone Forest, County Antrim
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Portglenone Forest in May is a mass of bluebell and wild garlic and is a feast for the photographer.

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Virginia Loch Ramor, Co. Cavan
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Loch Ramor is a beautiful lake in County Cavan by the lovely town of Virginia. This is an evening scene on a very calm winter's day. In the foreground is a crannog, an artificial island created in ancient times using piles of alder logs and brushwood in the shallows of a lake. Earth was piled on top and a settlement of huts built inside a strong wooden palisade fence. The crannogs were usually accessed in round skin-covered boats called curraghs.

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Poulnabrone Dolmen, Co. Clare
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A photograph of the Poulnabrone passage tomb in the Burren, Clare, at sunset. This megalithic portal tomb is located near Ballyvaghan on the most extraordinary limestone field of rocks.

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Evening at Virginia Loch Ramor, Co. Cavan
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Loch Ramor is a beautiful lake in County Cavan by the lovely town of Virginia. This is an evening scene on a very calm winter's day. In the foreground is a crannog, an artificial island created in ancient times using piles of alder logs and brushwood in the shallows of a lake. Earth was piled on top and a settlement of huts built inside a strong wooden palisade fence. The crannogs were usually accessed in round skin-covered boats called curraghs.

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Quin Abbey, Co. Clare
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

On the outskirts of the village of Quin in County Clare, not far from the town of Ennis, lies Quin Abbey. It was founded by the MacNamaras around 1350.

Using the solid south curtain-wall of the old Norman castle, built in 1280 by Richard de Clare in an attempt to subdue the MacNamaras, they built a church from east to west. North of the church they erected a residence for the clergy and a small sacristy.

Sioda Cam MacNamara built the cloisters in 1402. The bell-tower and Lady Chapel were erected by Mahon MacNamara in 1430.

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Shipwreck at Dunbeg
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Shipwreck on the strand at Bunbeg.

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Glencolmcille Cottage
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Photograph of traditional Irish cottage at Glencolmcille.

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Altamont House, Carlow
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

The dilapidated back entrance to Altamont House in County Carlow. Altamont gardens is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens located on a 100 acre estate. It ranks in the top ten of Irish gardens and is often referred to as 'the jewel in Ireland's gardening crown'. The river Slaney runs at the back of Altamont gardens.

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Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A view of the Fanad Lighthouse at Fanad Head, North Donegal.

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Queen Maeve Bridge, Dublin
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Image of the Queen Maeve Bridge, Dublin, early evening. The illumination of the bridge is interesting as can be seen from this photograph, with green lights under the arches.
This is a picture of the oldest standing bridge spanning the Liffey. The bridge is named after the legendary Queen Maeve of Connaught who invaded Ulster.

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Doe Castle and Inlet
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

Doe Castle, ancient seat of the Mac Sweeney Chiefs, is beautifully situated on an inlet of Sheephaven Bay in north-west Donegal. This photograph was taken on a blistering summer day. The colors of the sand and sea look as though they have been painted.

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Baily Lighthouse, Howth
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

The Baily Lighthouse (or Bailey Lighthouse) is a fine lighthouse on the northernmost point of Dublin Bay. There has been a light at this point for over 300 years although the first lighthouse was not built here until 1668. This photo was taken on a windy day with heavy broken cloud, giving the high constrasts and vivid colors.

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Four Courts, Dublin
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A dawn view of the Four Courts in Dublin on the banks of the River Liffey. The photograph was taken in winter as the sun was touching the top of the Four Courts and the church spire in the distance.

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Boyne Weir in Snow, Co. Meath
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

"This image was taken on Christmas Day 2010 during a very cold spell. The photograph is of one of our favourite weirs on the Boyne near Ardmulchan.

Many of the weirs on the Boyne have trees ... but this is one of the loveliest. In the arctic conditions ice has formed on the weir and on the low-lying branches that touch the river.

For the first time in memory some stretches of the river were iced up - and the black patches on the river are little islands of ice."

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Phoenix Park Magazine Fort, Dublin
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

"This photograph shows the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park (a wonderful park to the west of the city) looking like the prow of a battleship thrusting its way through the sea of grass.

The Magazine Fort, built in 1735, was at first a symbol of the British occupation of Ireland. But by 1939 its purpose was to house the Irish Army's stocks of guns and ammunition."

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Custom House at Night, Dublin
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

The Custom House was completed in 1791. It was designed by James Gandon with the assistance of Meath stone-cutter Henry Darley, mason John Semple and carpenter Hugh Henry. It was to act as the new custom house for Dublin Port. The four facades of the building are decorated with coats-of-arms and ornamental sculptures (by Edward Smyth) representing Ireland's rivers.

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A View of Ireland's Eye, Dublin
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A view of Ireland's Eye, a small island off the north of Howth head.

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Howth Head, Dublin
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Photographer: Robert & Cathy Ardill

A view of a martello tower on the southern shore of Howth Head. Dublin can be see across the bay.

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