Sons and Sunsets

Today brought one of those excursions with son, Harry, that I always enjoy so much.

We went walking in Portlaw Woods which are about twenty minutes drive from Tramore.

Walking in woods is something I associate very much with Christmas time and it’s something Mother and Father introduced us to from when we were very young.

A hauntingly beautiful feature of Portlaw Woods is  De La Poer Tower which was built in 1785 by the First Marquis of Waterford, George De La Poer Beresford, Earl of Tyrone, in memory of his son who died in a horse riding accident. The tower is 70 ft high and is very much a local landmark.

Here’s how it looked as the sun was setting:

De La Poer Tower, Tower Hill, Portlaw, Co. Waterford.

The tower certainly is a remarkable memorial to a son and it made me all the more appreciative of having my 6ft 3in towering son walking along beside me.


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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.

28 thoughts on “Sons and Sunsets”

  1. That’s a remarkable landmark Jean, captured perfectly as always. I read that the son was only 13 when he died. You can apparently climb the spiral staircase. Must be some view from the top.

    1. It’s very unexpected if you don’t know it is there.
      Yes, H climbed to the top and said the view was great. He took a few shots but the light wasn’t great. It’s not the safest place to climb, he reported, and that says it all!!

  2. I didn’t know it is still possible to climb to the top. Well, may be it is, but not for me, I guess. After I posted my Clonegam Church blogs I was planning to make it to the woods for a follow up blog, but it didn’t work out. I will probably leave the trip for Spring. Great afternoon sun, lovely glow.

    1. Son, Harry, has been up there a few times. Apart from the dark winding slippery stairs, there is a bit of an issue with the top and it’s a hands and knees job. Definitely one for a dry day, if at all!

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