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2021 Update

Well, I won’t dwell more than necessary, on the fact that caving has come to a halt due to COVID-19, as we all know this. However, in between the series of lockdowns over the past year I have been able to get a few trips done and a few photos taken. The major event to occur was the successful Gorteenaguinnel Expedition in September of last year. This was organised to map uncertain caves in that region in County Leitrim just prior to the country entering a series of harder lockdowns. More will be forthcoming on this, when the |expedition leader publishes our findings in the next Irish Speleology journal.

I will attempt to keep updates coming with my backlog of photos not yet shared online. My first is an entirely rewritten page on Pollnagollum Cave in Clare with photos not before included. Please find it here.

Here is my favourite photo from the above mentioned Leitrim Expedition:

Just prior to the Expedition a few of us managed to get a flying visit to the classic Pollnagollum of the Boats in Fermanagh, where I had terrible camera flash failures but managed to get this not unreasonable shot:

Pollnagollum of the Boats

Finally, and again just prior to the expedition, on a trip to my my most local caves, in an attempt to calibrate survey gear, I got this shot from Portrane Caves:

Unfortunately, some very sad news came in October with the untimely passing of one of Ireland’s great cave geologists, Matthew Parkes. He had written on the Portrane caves and was an extremely knowledgeable man who never hesitated to share his knowledge; and I enjoyed our often long discussions by email. He was a big supporter of my website and photography and strongly encouraged my work. Rest In Peace, Matthew.

New Page: Expedition to India 2019

Delighted to finally publish an entry on last year’s expedition to the caves of Meghalaya, in the North East of India. It is a rather lengthy article which I hope you enjoy. However, if you’re here mainly for the photos it is well worth a look. Find it here:

Meghalaya, India 2019.

Interview Podcast and my first cave trip since lock-down!

I am delighted to release a link for a podcast interview I did last week for Irish Photography Podcast, Ireland’s leading photography channel. I was interviewed by hosts Darren J. Spoonley and Diarmuid O’ Donovan, both top photographers, and it went live shortly after. If you would like to hear it, follow the link below and also follow IPP as it features many fine photography interviews and discussions. It is available at:

https://theirishphotographypodcast.podbean.com/e/special-guest-robert-mulraney-deep-into-irish-caves/

Also, I had my first cave trip since lock-down recently. I visited one of my favourites caves Pollskeheenarinky Cave in Tipperary. I have added a couple of new photos and updated the text. Hope you enjoy!

Two new pages, June 2020

Just a quick write-up to highlight that over the last month I have added two new short cave pages:

Poll Gonzo in County Clare; and

Carrowmore Caverns in County Sligo.

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The entrance to Carrowmore Caverns

I hope you enjoy and stay tuned as my next upload with be on a much greater scale, featuring many photos from Indian caves!

Updates: Noone’s Hole and About pages

Hello all, just a quick update! My website relaunch, which happened just under two weeks ago, has been great success. Aside from the new layout, which I love, it has been receiving quite a lot of traffic and subscriptions. I am especially thankful to the many people, most of whom I do not know, who took the time to send me messages of appreciation and to tell me their own stories. It makes the effort all worthwhile.

So in other news Noone’s Hole, that fantastic pothole and cave in Fermanagh, now has an entry page full of new photos and text. I am also especially pleased to present a spectacular and awe-inspiring Noone’s Hole themed drawing, created by the wonderfully talented Becks Kelly (have a look at her Instagram account). Find it all here.

I have also updated the About section of this website with details about competitions that I have won, as well as publications in which my work has appeared. I hope to see these lists grow over the next while!

Finally, for those on Instagram who wish to follow my work, find me here on my new account: Caves of Ireland Instatgram.

Re-launch of Caves of Ireland website!

I am pleased to present a newly reworked and improved version on my website Caves of Ireland! The site, which initially started as a personal blog in 2014, quickly developed and, despite a period of recent silence, continues to attract large numbers. With over fifty thousand views and almost twenty thousand visitors, and a growing photographic archive, I have decided it’s time to re-lauch it.

Many hours of work have gone into making this possible. Every single photo, of which there are about 300, was re-stamped, resized and very many were re-edited. All of the text has been revised, and many old items removed and new ones added. New entries are being worked on at present.

The most immediate change that will be noticed is the overall appearance of the site. For this I am extremely grateful to Becks Kelly who, in large, redesigned the entire site. Her work has given it a neat consistency, a greater ease-of-read and a really smart look.

Pollskeheenarinky Cave, Co. Tipperary

Here’s a page on Pollskeheenarinky Cave in County Tipperary. The majority of photos were taken in April of this year on a club trip with Breifne Caving Club. Hope you enjoy and stay tune for more!

Click here to go to the article

Oweynagat: The Cave of Cats, Roscommon

These photos are from a trip to Oweynagat Cave in County Roscommon last summer. It is somewhat a different theme from usual as this cave is of much archaeological and folkloric significance. I hope you enjoy!

Click here to go to the page

News and photography awards

I am pleased to announce that my photos have won a small number of awards in the last year. Of special note was the winning in all three Speleological Union of Ireland’s photo competitions at the Annual SUICRO symposium, held in Clare in October 2016. The categories were Best Irish Photos, Best Foreign Photos and Best Humorous Photos. The competition was judged by the uniquely talented Robbie Shone and I was honoured to be chosen to win first and second prizes in all three categories. The winning photos from the first two categories are below; I’ve not included the humorous photos as they are fairly X-rated!

Irish Category

First place:
Polnagossan, Co. Cavan, 2016.

Second place:
Lower Cradle, Co. Fermanagh, 2016.

Foreign Category

First place:
Pirogosh Cave, Albania, 2016.

Second place:
Pirogosh Cave, Albania, 2016.

Stay tuned for the up-coming feature page on the Irish-Albanian expedition of 2016. In other news, while it’s been some some time since I last updated my blog I am pleased to report the site has had over 21,000 views since its inception in June 2014. Hope to see it stay busy over the next while!