Groomsport & Donaghadee, County Down (August 2014)

Groomsport (from Irish Port an Ghiolla Ghruama, meaning “port of the gloomy servant”) is a village and townland two miles north east of Bangor in County Down, Northern Ireland. It is on the south shore of Belfast Lough and on the north coast of the Ards Peninsula. Donaghadee is probably best known for its lighthouse and harbour. For centuries, it has been a haven for ships, and the harbour has been there from at least the 17th century.

 

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I took this picture looking across a bay just before arriving in the town of Groomsport.

 

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Groomsport bay with its rocky outcrops, this was early on an august morning, almost no one around.

 

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Fading Summer 2014

 

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A gate to where? Groomsport beach.

 

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This old boat sits out of the water at Donaghadee harbour. Its days at sea have long since gone. Looks like the starlings have chosen it as a perch now.

 

 

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A boy fishing off the harbour wall at Donaghadee, beside the towering lighthouse.