Sight that Stunned Me

St. Andrew's Church, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
St. Andrew’s Church, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford

I’ve long loved Dunmore East in Co. Waterford and have been going there since I was a tot.

However, I’d never been there at dawn until recently and was really captivated by way in which St. Andrew’s Church was lit up as the sun was rising.

Here’s a summery black and white shot, taken by my father, back in the 1970s, which shows the spire of St. Andrew’s in the background:

Dunmore East, Co. Waterford. Photo: Frank Tubridy
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford.
Photo: Frank Tubridy




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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.

18 thoughts on “Sight that Stunned Me”

  1. What a beautiful sight! I often wonder if the power of observation is increased when one is a photographer, or if good photographers have that wonderful talent that drives them to picking up a camera.. I MUST get to Waterford this summer!

    1. Hi SV, yes you MUST get to Waterford this Summer!!!
      Re photographers, I can only judge by my late father’s approach and he certainly put a lot of time into planning the very best times/lights etc for taking particular shots. He adored nature and had no problem whatever going to the same place over and over again and waiting and waiting until everything was aligned to his satisfaction ~ though he never felt he had captured ‘perfection.’

    1. Hello Sarah, how interesting that you had a similar experience with a church. I’ve been tempted to go back to Dunmore at dawn just to see if the same sight would be there again!

  2. There’s a small coffee shop I go to in Dunmore East which has these beautiful pictures of the village during storm weather. Can’t remember it’s name, but I always have a good long look at the pics. Beautiful place indeed.

    1. Hi Holden, wonder is it The Bay Cafe ~ down near the harbour end of the village? That’s one of my favourite haunts and I love their art work as well as the paintings and photographs. (Chowder to kill for!)

  3. Two stunning pictures there. That new light and stillness is wonderful, a moment in time that seems to stand still. And that’s such an expert shot by your father isn’t it? A tranquil scene yet capturing so much definition and detail. Are those thatched cottages still there I wonder? Hardly.

    1. Roy, I reckon you’ve been reading my mind re thatched cottages. Yes, they are very much still there in Dunmore East and out and about in Co. Waterford generally!

    1. Hi David, glad you like the pics. I’ve often thought of going on my holliers to Dunmore even though it’s only about 8 miles out the road. It’s another world altogether.

  4. Such beautiful pictures of Dunmore East, brings me back to my Childhood there and to think over the past 40 years and how lucky we are that it has held its old charm, hope to return in August with my own children who have been lucky to have been part of its great charm. Our little piece of heaven. Another of Waterford’s great gems.

    1. Caroline, many thanks for writing and I’m so glad that you, too, are getting to share the charm of Dunmore East with your children. An absolute gem, for sure!

  5. Those are wonderful pics, Jean… Your dad’s pic captured everyday life in the town. And it seems rather fitting that a church would glow (something like a halo?) at the dawn of each new day 🙂 ❤ ❤

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