Yesterday was a brilliant day, I enjoyed every minute of it. I met up with three lovely ladies and we had a great time. The first stop was to the Abbey Centre in Ballyshannon to see Aspects of the West, a beautiful exhibition of photographs by Eithne, Avril and Andrea and paintings by Michelle – Camlake Canvas. Eithne and Michelle were with us and I loved looking at the work by all the artists, these ladies are very talented and if you get a chance the exhibition is on until Tuesday so do visit.
Michelle suggested we go to Belleek for a coffee to a gorgeous little cafe called The Thatch. If you are looking for quirky this is the place to go and thanks to Michelle for the suggestion of the salted caramel brownie, it was delicious!
I’m going back to this place for a proper look around on a quieter day as I wanted to take photos of everything. The tables are made out of old sewing machines and there’s even an outside toilet! We went to a lovely gift shop in Belleek where Michelle has some of her work stocked. You can order online so if you are looking for something special check them out. I was interested to see a leaflet there for a day on the turf bog, I’d love to go on that myself!
We said farewell to Michelle and Eithne, who was driving, took us back to Ballyshannon because we had a quick glimpse of the Rory Gallagher Festival. With the three of us being photographers we had to go for a wander. It was bloody brilliant! The characters, the music, the atmosphere. I’m going next year for sure! We got to listen to Johnny Gallagher, he’s amazing, my first time to hear him and I thought he was great.
We also visited the Ballyshannon Museum which is above Slevin’s Department Store. I loved both and will go back again to visit. The people are so friendly and Ballyshannon is the oldest town in Ireland so well worth checking out.
Claudia was the other lady in our little group, another talented photographer in her own right. You can find her at The Art Collective on Sundays in Rathcormac for the next couple of weeks.
We all had a lovely chat and it was great to pick up tips, inspiration and advice from the others. I’m really looking forward to meeting up with them again and perhaps even going for another photo outing. Thank you ladies for being so great!