West of Ireland Fences

The Lens-Artist challenge this week is to show your favourite fences. In County Mayo, west of Ireland, fences tend to be functional boundaries for livestock, often composed of post and wire fencing. I actually much prefer wooden fences, but they are few and far between here in the west.

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These fences are not pretty objects, but are often found in nice places, like along the coast, where they are sometimes unwelcome.

Mullet peninsula

Mullet peninsula

Silver strand

Silver strand

Erris head

Erris head

 

 

24 thoughts on “West of Ireland Fences

  1. Eliza Waters

    Functional is not often pretty, sadly. In my mind, Ireland is famous for its iconic stonewalls bordering green fields of grazing sheep. New England has lots of stonewalls from our agricultural past, now swallowed up by reforested lands, often found on walks in the woods. Rich folk will pay much to buy the lichen encrusted stones to give their homes a rural feel, but there are some who think of the walls as our heritage and shouldn’t be sold. No laws stop the sale, however.
    I esp. love your shot of North Mayo in autumn colors.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Each area has it’s own boundaries. Around us it’s mainly hedgerows. But as you travel toward County Galway you start seeing more stonewalls. Other areas have sod banks, ditches and drains. The history behind these boundaries is always fascinating. Here too you sometimes come across walls in land that has become forested. It’s a fingerprint from the past and i would agree part of the local heritage.

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  2. aj vosse

    Great settings for your fences! As you say… the unsightly necessities of livestock control… otherwise we’d have cows suntanning with us on the beach! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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      1. aj vosse

        I plan to… I promise!!
        My first thoughts were complaining about eejit drivers!! I want to dedicate a whole blog specially to show and tell… there are some real a-holes that would make us all laugh!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. stephpep56

    Ha the silver strand. Had a conversation with a farmer there many moons ago re beach access :D. Re the fences even though our fencing can be seen as ugly I find they become almost a thing of beauty as the timbers weather and the fencing turns russet with rust. And it is the reality. Beautiful photos of our ugly/beauty.

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