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Photographs of Irish Rock Pools Wins Fans in USA

27th November 2012
Photographs of Irish Rock Pools Wins Fans in USA

#marinewildlife – Daragh Muldowney of Dulra photography has recently returned to Ireland from a whirl wind six week tour of the USA, where he successfully exhibited his collection of photographs of rock pools called Jewellery Box – Ireland's Hidden Gems.

Travelling to both New York and Atlanta, Muldowney provided art and photography enthusiasts an opportunity to see Ireland's unique beauty and coast line in a multitude of diverse colours, textures and light.

The Consul General of Ireland in Atlanta, Paul Gleeson said, "Jewellery Box – Ireland's Hidden Gems is a superb exhibition, showcasing the beauty of the Irish coast and the richness of all that lies off them. Daragh's work is of the highest calibre and he is a superb ambassador for a new generation of creative Irish artists and photographers bringing our island to life in exciting ways for communities around the world."

Muldowney has also produced a hardback book called Jewellery Box – Ireland's Hidden Gems, which contains sixty five images taken during his trip around the seventeen coastal counties of Ireland in 2010. Pictures of anenomes, limpets, barnicles, seaweeds, shells and sand formations each bring the reader closer to nature.

Providing unique connections and revelations of the seashore, Muldowney tells stories of the "Gathering" of periwinkles in Mayo, "Floating Curves" in Kerry, "Inner Peace" in Cork to an "Eternal Song" where empty barnacle shells serenade to a lone limpet in Louth, to name a few. Every time the book is opened, a new story is told.

Jewellery Box – Ireland's Hidden Gems hardback book and photographs are available to purchase on line at: The book is also available at any good bookstore in Ireland. Muldowney will be exhibiting at the National Craft & Design Fair, RDS, Dublin 5th - 9th of December.

The exhibitions held in New York and Atlanta were supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Fitzgerald & Co, Tourism Ireland, Aer Lingus, Kerrygold and The Irishman Brands and Culture Ireland. The Jewellery Box – Ireland's Hidden Gems exhibition will travel to nine cities next year (2013), including six cities in the USA (Birmingham, Boston, Washington, Dallas, Chicago & San Francisco) and three cities in Europe (Berlin, Stockholm & Brussels).

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Marine Wildlife Around Ireland One of the greatest memories of any day spent boating around the Irish coast is an encounter with marine wildlife.  It's a thrill for young and old to witness seabirds, seals, dolphins and whales right there in their own habitat. As boaters fortunate enough to have experienced it will testify even spotting a distant dorsal fin can be the highlight of any day afloat.  Was that a porpoise? Was it a whale? No matter how brief the glimpse it's a privilege to share the seas with Irish marine wildlife.

Thanks to the location of our beautiful little island, perched in the North Atlantic Ocean there appears to be no shortage of marine life to observe.

From whales to dolphins, seals, sharks and other ocean animals this page documents the most interesting accounts of marine wildlife around our shores. We're keen to receive your observations, your photos, links and youtube clips.

Boaters have a unique perspective and all those who go afloat, from inshore kayaking to offshore yacht racing that what they encounter can be of real value to specialist organisations such as the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) who compile a list of sightings and strandings. The IWDG knowledge base has increased over the past 21 years thanks in part at least to the observations of sailors, anglers, kayakers and boaters.

Thanks to the IWDG work we now know we share the seas with dozens of species who also call Ireland home. Here's the current list: Atlantic white-sided dolphin, beluga whale, blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin, Cuvier's beaked whale, false killer whale, fin whale, Gervais' beaked whale, harbour porpoise, humpback whale, killer whale, minke whale, northern bottlenose whale, northern right whale, pilot whale, pygmy sperm whale, Risso's dolphin, sei whale, Sowerby's beaked whale, sperm whale, striped dolphin, True's beaked whale and white-beaked dolphin.

But as impressive as the species list is the IWDG believe there are still gaps in our knowledge. Next time you are out on the ocean waves keep a sharp look out!