Tranquil Tuesday ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 282

There are times when tranquillity descends or is evoked by place or atmosphere. Well, I’m happy to say that this morning brought most unexpected calm as I tore out of the house after being practically tied to the computer yesterday looking out, from time to time, at rain, drizzle and dankness.

My main aim was to go for a swim and give my eyes a good stretch but the seas were too high so I made my way to the Anne Valley Trail in Dunhill which has really started to grow on me.

There was an autumnal haze and silence, apart from the very gentle lapping of the waters that were wonderfully relflective  and silvery. Essential peace presented itself in the form of a lone swan ~ so reminiscent of The Children of Lir and W.B. Yeats’ The Wild Swans at Coole. 

Swan at the Anne Valley Trail, Dunhill, Co. Waterford

At midday, the silence was broken by the ringing of  the church bell from nearby Dunhill. I felt drawn to the church which was empty but glowingly warm:

Dunhill Church, Co. Waterford
Dunhill Church, Co. Waterford

The bell tower stands behind the church and exudes both a long sense of  history and perfect poise:

The Bell Tower, Dunhill Church, Co. Waterford
The Bell Tower, Dunhill Church, Co. Waterford

Driving back towards Tramore, via the coast, of course, the clouds began to  part revealing a lazy blueness. The ocean had calmed too and what a precious swim on this October Tuesday when the sun had heated the sand, rocks and smiling sea:

Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford
Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford

I hope you are finding peace and  tranquillity wherever you happen to be today!

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

4 thoughts on “Tranquil Tuesday ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 282”

  1. Hi Jean, I’m enjoying the peace and tranquility that your post has just allowed me … beautiful photos of places that I intend to see in person one day. Thanks! Anne Marie

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