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“A True Irish Home”


Malin Head, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland
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Malin Head, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ireland

Over the years I’ve photographed hundreds of little cottages across Ireland which I believe depicted an Irish home. Although each home had certain traits that the others were lacking, such as a thatched roof or a few animals outside but other cottages may be built on the shore with a few cart wheels in the garden & a red front door. These cottages are all stunning in a postcard looking way. Most of them are solely used for tourism which is wonderful, however to me many of these Irish homes never seem truly lived in.

I found these little cottages right on the edge of Ireland’s north coast which I personally find stunning looking in many ways. What instantly drew my attention was how many things about them that were truly Irish! The modern home attached to an old famine era whitewashed/thatched cottage, red front doors, dry stone walls with sheep cows & a donkey grazing, an old shed out the back with a little pebble beach next to it all.

There’s also the modern features that many may find less appealing such as the sat dish on the chimney & the static caravan right on the back door step. But as anyone from Ireland knows all too well, these are extremely common features to be found alongside these little rural cottages across our land & especially on the surrounding islands. So to anyone visiting Ireland who may have expectations of postcard perfect cottages being on every corner…. A scene such as this is more likely to be found “The true Irish Home” ??☘️

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