Ireland has over 900 miles of coastline, from the rocky islands that dot their way in from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Cliffs of Moher; around the sandy beaches of Kerry and Cork, up through the Irish Sea, Dublin Bay and the North Channel and across to Donegal Bay.
With the opening of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way last year, the Atlantic coast is basking in renewed interest. But photographer Jonathan Hession and writer John Grenham have always known that there was something special about this stretch of land. Their 2014 book, "The Atlantic Coast of Ireland," is a stunning collaboration years in the making.
It features over 200 color photos by Hession, a photographer for feature films whose side passion is landscape shots of Ireland. The accompanying text by Grenham, author of "Tracing Your Irish Ancestors," and the Irish Roots columnist for the Irish Times, is wise and witty, offering a thorough and beautifully written introduction to each county and attraction, to the landscapes, history and people.
Enjoy this glimpse of their vision of Ireland's wild Atlantic coast:
The Poisoned Glen, Co. Donegal.
The summit of Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal.
The decaying north face of Ben Bulben, Co. Sligo.
Famine memorial to the victims of the 1849 Doolough tragedy, Delphi Valley, Co. Sligo.
Kneem Strand with Croaghaun towering above, Co. Mayo.
A field at dawn overlooking Clifden, Co. Galway.
The Twelve Bens, Co. Galway.
Kilronan Harbour, Co. Galway.
Boulders on the Burren, Co. Clare's karst landscape.
O'Brien's Tower and the Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare.
Lahinch, Co. Clare.
Southern view across Dingle Bay, Co. Kerry.
Cross marker along the pilgrim's path on Mount Brandon, Co Kerry.
A view of the Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork.
*Originally published November 2014