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“Connor’s Island & Streedagh Strand”


Streedagh, Grange, County Sligo, Ireland

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Streedagh, Grange, County Sligo, Ireland

Streedagh Strand is an impressive 3km long sandbar & as you can see, it has is a double-edged beach running from one tip to the end! One end faces east commanding views upon the iconic ‘Benbulben Mountain’ & the other side faces west out into the Atlantic Ocean. Perfect to bathe in from sunrise until sunset. On the tip of Streedagh’s sandbar is ‘Connor’s Island’. It was once a true island surrounded on all sides by the sea. There were 30 residents living here in the early 1900’s but over the years the sandbank grew, which slowly joined it onto Streedagh Strand & nowadays its uninhabited.

Hotels & recreational businesses sometimes spend millions of pounds trying to create & maintain a great golf course. Even after all this money & effort it can sometimes take years for it all to mature into the perfect course. Although as seen here, nature seems to have created a landscape similar to a professional golf course with ease! The Atlantic Ocean has shaped the course & supplied the sand, whilst grazing cattle have fertilised the soil creating green grassland to grow, then in return they graze this grass down to a few millimetres in size ?

In my mind’s eye I can see a naturally created golf course here, but obviously it’s really another stunning landscape created by nature. Landscapes like this we try to mimic & create ourselves to be used as golf courses or elaborate gardens etc. Our man made, fast attempts at shaping our surrounding world will never be on par with what nature has carefully carved & created over millions of years. Although we will still always try to match it….. we will never truly succeed 

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