November began with a trip to Shamrock Park to see Linfield eventually beat Portadown by a score of 3-0.

By this point, I was using up Annual Leave, so I went on a day trip to Dublin and got some Street Art photos.

That was then followed by two trips to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Cliftonville and Glenavon.

Another Linfield match, this time on the road, to Ballymena.

The next day, I made the most of a football free Saturday morning to head to Lisnabreeny Hill to get some Sunrise photos.

Then that night, I made my first visit to the newly rebuilt Mandela Hall to see John Power in concert.

November ended with two Linfield matches, both at home, against Larne and Crusaders.

Portadown v Linfield

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

Linfield v Glenavon

Ballymena United v Linfield

Lisnabreeny Hill

Lisnabreeny Hill Photo Album

John Power live at Mandela Hall

John Power live at Mandela Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Larne

Linfield v Crusaders


Annual Leave to use up? Day trip to Dublin? Why not?

Get some Street Art photos while there? Of course.

I like to go to Dublin at least once a year, just to see how things are, have a walk about. Possibly even take in an event if i’m staying overnight (Ahem, 2024 UEFA Cup Final)

In this visit, there wasn’t much else to report, had a walk about the city and that was it.

I was hoping there would have been a decent Sunset while I was there (my train was at 7pm so I would have been there for it and not rushing for my train) but that was thwarted by the dull weather.

Ha’penny Bridge or St Stephen’s Green would have been a perfect location for photos as well.

Having been to Dublin numerous times, I know my way about.

Of course, that means I know where all the Street Art is.

I wasn’t looking for it, but it found me.

The first piece I saw was a mural of the film Metropolis, which you may be familiar as the inspiration for the video for Radio Ga Ga by Queen.

There was also a large scale mural to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s Independence.

Due to it being in an area with heavy traffic, this was a difficult one to photograph.

I had to wait for the lights to go green (as opposed to cars queuing up at a red light and blocking the view) and for there to be no traffic to get the shot

Thankfully, it was worth it when I got the shot.

As well as this, I also managed to get photos of electric boxes which have been painted, presumably as part of Dublin Canvas.

I even managed to get a photo of a Jimi Hendrix mural.

Using up more Annual Leave, I headed to Derry on the Friday for a day trip.

Same as Dublin, I hadn’t been this year, so why not head over for a walkabout and see what there is.

In truth, it was a bit of a meh day.

The weather was dull, and there was no new Street Art to photograph.

I did see Street Art, but it was pieces that I photographed last year.

Whenever I go somewhere and don’t get many photos, it does feel like a wasted journey.

It wasn’t all a wasted trip. I did manage to get a bargain bundle of football programmes in a Charity Shop.

Did a bit of celeb spotting, Colum Eastwood on his phone looking a bit annoyed and forlorn in Foyleside Shopping Centre.

I was hoping to have a full day. The last time I headed to Derry, I ended up getting the 6.38pm train home.

Not quite the same this time, heading home on the 3.38pm train.

Which was quite handy as I missed the commuters travelling home from Derry to Coleraine/Ballymena.

On a related note, why is this train not every 30 minutes at least?

My original hope was to be there and maybe try and get some Sunset photos from the Peace Bridge of the Greenway that leads to North West Transport Hub.

Nope. I was drenched, and I had done and seen (Yellow Yard, Bedlam, SmartSwag, Society Street Market) all that I wanted to see.

Of course, the sun came out as I was boarding the train. Looks like I could have stayed and some Sunset photos.

Instead, I observed the Sunset from the train, which was a nice experience. Would recommend it.

I might leave Derry to every two years, or I might go during the Summer months with more daylight.

If i’m leaving the city at 3.38pm, I might take a detour to Castlerock Beach on the way home, and maybe explore more of the North West rather than exclusively being in the City Of Derry.

The train ride has been described as one of the most spectacular in the world (although, not as good as Bray to Greystones).

It is worth pointing out, that is only between Coleraine and Derry. Belfast to Coleraine isn’t much to write home about.

Just on a train, casually going past an airport runway, oh and going alongside a beach as well, like it’s perfectly normal and no big deal.

So, two day trips which didn’t go as planned in terms of photos, but I did end up seeing some new Street Art and getting a bargain bundle of football programmes, so not all bad.

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Dublin Street Art – November 2021

Dublin Street Art – July 2019

Dublin Street Art – November 2018

Dublin Street Art – July 2017

Dublin Street Art – May 2016

Dublin Street Art – June 2015

Dublin Street Art – July 2014

Dublin Street Art – August 2013


I can thank Rupert Murdoch for this one.

With Sky moving Linfield’s match away to Warrenpoint to a lunchtime kick-off, I thought that I might as make use of the spare time (Bit pointless to get home from a match at 4pm) to explore a bit of South Down, especially with the weather being so nice.

Whenever I had previously visited Warrenpoint, it was for football. As you arrive on the edge of the Town Centre, you turn left for the ground so you virtually avoid the town. It always seemed nice from the brief glimpse I had.

I took along the main street towards Warrenpoint Beach. As luck would have it, there was an Artisan Market on that day, so I popped in for a look although it was wrapping up for the day, there was still a decent amount of activity.

From there, I headed to Warrenpoint Beach for a stroll along it, getting some photos.

As I was cramming a lot into a short period of time, there wasn’t much time to retrace my steps.

Disappointingly, I couldn’t see any charity or vintage shops in Warrenpoint, although there were a few decent craft stores.

After a stroll along the beach, it was back into the Town Centre for a bit of Ice Cream. Well, it was the weather for it.

Unfortunately, my dad didn’t win the 50/50 draw at half-time for the £50 voucher for Raymies, which was in someone elses pocket instead.

I’d give Warrenpoint a thumbs up. You wouldn’t spend hours there but it’s a decent place for a brief stop-off on a nice day.

Just as I was thinking of doing the same next season, I checked the league table and realised that won’t be happening.

It wouldn’t be the same in an Irish Cup 1st Round tie in the pissing rain in early January.

From there, I nipped over the border to Carlingford.

I’d never been before, but i’d heard about it, usually from other people visiting it, so I was curious to see what it was like.

Again, I was having to cram a lot in over a short space of time. so I went for a stroll through the Town Centre.

I popped in for a nosey to an Antique Shop called Crystal Antiques, having a rummage through.

No football programmes though, but I did laugh at seeing a poster to promote a wrestling match involving Dave Finlay. I didn’t buy it though.

I may look into the possibility of making a return visit at some point for an overnight stay. We shall see.

I’ve got a bit of Annual Leave to use up before the end of June so I have a couple of Fridays off so I may use Translink’s Mourne Rambler service to, um, ramble in the Mournes.

It was a long, but enjoyable (the mood definitely helped by Linfield’s late winner) day. I was absolutely shattered when I got home, but it was worth it.

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November began with a day trip to Dublin. Naturally, while I was there, I took the opportunity to check out Street Art. Might as well, seeing as it was my first time there in two years.

Later that week, I did something else I hadn’t done for a long time. Not as long, just over eighteen months. I am of course referring to going to a concert, in this case, Lightning Seeds at The Limelight.

That was then followed by two road trips for Linfield away games, to Portadown and Crusaders.

Sandwiched inbetween that was another road trip, this time to Ards to get some Street Art photos, with a recent event having taken place.

It was a month of doing things I hadn’t done for a while. This time, going on a flight.

The destination was Gatwick, but not to go to London, but Brighton instead.

So many photo adventures, where to start?

Street Art in Brighton, of course. Also, a walk along Beachy Head, OMD in concert, and some sunsets while I was in Brighton.

Back home, a return to Windsor Park to see Linfield beat Cliftonville.

Two days later, I headed to The Limelight to see The Charlatans in concert.

The month ended with Linfield matches against Glenavon and Carrick Rangers.

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Lightning Seeds live at The Limelight

Lightning Seeds live at The Limelight Photo Album

Portadown v Linfield

Ards Street Art

Ards Street Art Photo Album

Crusaders v Linfield

Brighton Street Art

Brighton Street Art Photo Album

Beachy Head

Beachy Head Photo Album

OMD live at Brighton Centre

OMD live at Brighton Centre Photo Album

Brighton Sunset

Brighton Sunset Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

The Charlatans live at The Limelight

The Charlatans live at The Limelight Photo Album

Glenavon v Linfield

Linfield v Carrick Rangers


August is usually a busy month. It didn’t have a trip to Edinburgh as usual, but it did have a trip to Manchester to see United take on Leeds, and of course, get some Street Art pictures.

The week before that, I headed to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Fola Esch in the Euro Conference League. The less said about that the better.

Towards the end of the month, I took in another trip, this time to County Wicklow, getting pictures of the Bray To Greystones Walk, Bray Head, Bray Harbour and of Street Art in Dun Laoghaire.

On the final Saturday of the month, I was back in Irish League watching mode, seeing Linfield take on Crusaders at Windsor Park on the opening day of the season.

Linfield v Fola Esch

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Leeds United

Manchester United v Leeds United Photo Album

Bray To Greystones Walk

Bray To Greystones Walk Photo Album

Bray Head

Bray Head

Bray Head Photo Album

Bray Harbour

Bray Harbour Photo Album

Dun Laoghaire Street Art

Dun Laoghaire Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Crusaders


It had been a while, but while using up Annual Leave, I decided to head to Dublin for a day, and it would have been rude not to get some Street Art photos.

Due to the current situation, I was a bit apprehensive about visiting Dublin. It’s not somewhere where space is readily available, and people standing about stopping you getting anywhere is a regular occurrence.

In fact, when I visited Wicklow in August, the only time I set foot in Dublin was to get off the Enterprise and walk across Connolly Station to get the DART to Bray.

Eventually, I decided to go. My dad had been and said it wasn’t too bad, so I took his work for it.

My previous visits had been towards the end of the week in the Summer, so it wouldn’t be that crowded on a Monday at the start of November.

I usually go to Dublin once a year (not in 2020, obviously) so I know my way about, where to go and spot some Street Art.

As I exited Connolly Station and headed towards O’Connell Street, I knew if I took a right before Supervalu, there would be some pieces.

I was not disappointed, and there was a bonus from afar at the far end of that street.

Naturally, I headed to Temple Bar, spotting a pub done up in the style which even had a mural of him.

Another spot I headed to that is usually reliable is Smithfield, and I was not disappointed.

Dublin Canvas has been going for a few years, painting electricity boxes on streets, so I got a few snaps of ones that I passed that I had never seen before.


Photo Album

Dublin Street Art July 2019

Dublin Street Art November 2018

Dublin Street Art July 2018

Dublin Street Art July 2017

Dublin Street Art May 2016

Dublin Street Art June 2015

Dublin Street Art July 2014

Dublin Street Art August 2013


Having spotted a story on RTE a few months back about the town of Dun Laoghaire getting spruced up with some Street Art, it would be rude of me not to investigate further and see it for myself, especially when I would be passing through.

Sandwiched on the DART between Dublin and Bray, I didn’t really know much else about Dun Laoghaire, so I thought I would pop along, getting a DART from Bray.

That left me in the Town Centre. All the artwork was easy to find, everything being nice and compact, getting as many photos as I could.

I only had a short amount of time in Dun Laoghaire, so I made the most of it, checking out the Town Centre and Harbour.

With the palm trees, sunshine and architecture, it all felt very Mediterranean.

There’s more to Dun Laoghaire than Street Art, and I’d recommend it if you’re in Dublin and looking for something a bit different.

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Not wanting to waste time trying to find Great Sugar Loaf, I decided that my Tuesday morning in Bray would be spent walking up Bray Head.

I’m told that there are spectacular views, not that I saw any.

Walking the same way as the Bray To Greystones Walk, I took a detour upwards along Butler’s Way.

The route was pretty much straightforward, although there a few nettles to navigate around.

This walk isn’t for arachnophobes as there a lot of spiderwebs.

Eventually, I reached the top, and was treated to fog, meaning the views at the top weren’t as spectacular as I’d hoped.

It also meant that getting down would see me in a bit of trouble if I took a wrong turn.

Going down was slippery and slidey, so I just had to take my time.

My best photos came when I was going through the forest.

Of course, the weather changed for the better at lunchtime, when I was on lower ground.

Due to other plans, I wouldn’t be making a return visit on this trip.

It just means I’ll have to go back up the next time I’m in Bray, which I will definitely do.

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I could have taken the DART, but that would have been no fun.

Having dumped my bag at my hotel in Bray before I could check in, I had a bit of time to kill.

So, I decided to walk from Bray to Greystones. I’d done part of it twice before. When I say part of it, only a small part. Like literally, a wee bit at the start.

As I walked from Bray Promenade to the starting point, I made sure I was stocked up with the essentials. A bottle of water for hydration and a bar of chocolate for energy. That’s my reasoning and i’m sticking to it.

Walking at the start, I noticed there were a lot of benches. My advice is to make the most of it as there aren’t many other opportunities for a sit down after the point.

DART Passengers get the opportunity to take in some spectacular views on this route, but those DARTs give those on foot the opportunity for spectacular photos as there are great positions to take aerial photos of passing trains.

Of course, when I reached those points, there were no trains passing, and I wasn’t in the mood for waiting, so on I went.

Just like Cavehill and Cregagh Glen, Bray To Greystones is a route that takes a battering when there is rain, which I presume there had been in the days preceding my visit (there was in Belfast on those days) meaning there was still some muck and puddles about even though it was roasting.

At the early stage of the walk, there is a mural identifying all the wildlife there is on the trail, if you wish to keep an eye out.

It is a very narrow path, so it is best to avoid peak times. Travelling on a Monday morning, I did just that.

As with any walking journey, I usually just go for an hour and see where it takes me. This path felt never ending, an hour and a half seeing me arrive in Greystones Harbour.

A brief walk around Greystones Harbour and a bit of lunch, I then jumped on the DART to head back to Bray.

Well, I was hardly going to walk it back, my feet were aching.

That is probably a sign of a good walk, which this definitely was.

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The theme of this trip was third time lucky.

I should have been going to Bray in late June 2020, but it got cancelled (It was my hotel that cancelled on me) because of you know what.

But why Bray? Well, I wanted to base myself there to try and blag a ticket for a European Championship game, as it is on the same DART route as Lansdowne Road. Well, they were hardly going to stage it at Carlisle Grounds, as much as i’ve enjoyed the matches i’ve been to there.

If you’re going to a football match in Dublin, why not get a hotel in Dublin? Well, I had a quick look at the draw, as it was a Last 16 game I was hoping to see, and noticed that it could have been England v Germany (Which it turned out to be) so I thought I might take evasive action just in case.

I’ll just let the English, Germans and Gardai have a three way Royal Rumble while I enjoy myself by the seaside.

As you now know, Euro 2020 was put back a year, meaning i’d be going for no reason, but I just kept the booking to give me something to look forward to. I knew I would end up making the most of my free cancellation but I wanted to leave it as late as possible. The hotel ended up cancelling on me because Leo shut all the hotels.

With the announcement of a new calendar for Euro 2021 in June 2020, I was straight online to book a hotel in Bray in anticipation to try and blag a ticket for a Euro 2021 game at Lansdowne Road. A whole year to wait.

By the time June 2021 came along, circumstances had changed.

First of all, Dublin had lost hosting rights to Euro 2021, meaning the football match I wanted to try and blag a ticket for would be held at Wembley instead of Lansdowne Road.

Despite that, I still wanted to go to Bray, because, I hadn’t been away anywhere since early 2020 because of you know what.

However, I was now facing algorithm based difficulties.

You see, I booked my Covid Vaccination as soon as I was eligible. I didn’t need to be bribed with tickets for concerts or Belfast Giants. When I did, they gave me my second date at the same time. It didn’t matter if it suited me or not.

I made a request to move it but I had no response. The deadline for free cancellation was approaching, so I had to cancel it and move it from late June to late August.

Even though I wasn’t going to Bray, I kept my Annual Leave booked, having a staycation, going to North Down Coastal Path on the Monday and Blackhead Path on the Tuesday. Wednesday was Injection Day, so I kept that free just in case.

Both the Monday and Tuesday were absolutely roasting. As much as I enjoyed my visits to North Down and East Antrim, i’d rather have been in Bray.

Especially with the weather being so much. I had a nagging feeling for two months that I was going to be punished with torrential rain for moving my plans. You know how these things work.

Whatever way the weather ended up, I was just glad to get away somewhere. As it turned out, it was three days of sunshine. Result.

The last eighteen months haven’t taught me, but just confirmed, that other people are thick as shit and are not to be trusted. With this in mind, I booked myself on the 6.50am Enterprise to Dublin and then 9pm home to avoid the busier trains. There was barely anyone on it.

When I arrived in Dublin, I headed to a Vintage/Retro Shop i’d previously visited across the street from Connolly Station called Under The Bridge. Funnily enough, because it’s under a bridge, and nothing to do with Red Hot Chili Peppers.

To my frustration, it was closed, it’s opening hours being 12pm to 6pm. That walk would be my only footsteps in Dublin outside of Connolly Station.

It was my intention to avoid Dublin on this trip. I’ll venture back some day, just not now. I mean, they are World Champions in Standing In The Footpath For No Reason Whatsoever. Annoying at the best of times, even more in this climate.

Frustrated with my start to the trip, I ventured back into Connolly Station to head for my destination, my luck picking up when the next train to Bray was an Inter City (Bound for Rosslare) rather than the DART. A lot more comfortable.

Having been to Bray before, I know my way about, so it was easy to find my hotel from Bray Train Station, being slightly distracted when I walked past an Ice Cream Vendor, making a purchase. Well, it was Ice Cream Weather.

You will never be stuck for ice cream in Bray. It felt like every second building was an Ice Cream Shop.

Eventually, I arrived at my hotel, The Martello, which I like to pretend is named in tribute to Marti Pellow.

Too early to check in, I left my bags in Reception, and headed towards the Bray To Greystones Walk to occupy my time.

In keeping with the theme of Third Time Lucky, i’d walked a wee bit of the start of it to get some photos of Bray when I was over for a concert in 2014.

Then, in July 2019, I was having a long weekend in Dublin, I snuck to Bray on the Friday for a football match, and walked a wee bit more, getting some photos.

I stated that I would do the full walk when I returned. I had planned that would be in 2020 rather than 2021.

The walk felt long and never ending, close to an hour and a half. That time not helped by the amount of stopping to take photos.

There’s a separate blog covering that.

The reward was spectacular when I reached Greystones, having a nice walk along Greystones Harbour before some lunch.

After lunch, I was on the DART back to Bray to check in.

Well, I was hardly going to walk it back. My feet were aching.

The DART between Bray and Greystones is renowned for it’s views, and it did not disappoint. Ironically, i’d been mostly frustrated by the lack of trains when trying to photograph a train while walking the first leg. If that makes sense.

Checked in, I went for a walk through Bray Town Centre to have a nosey before heading for a bite to eat.

The plan for Monday night was to walk along Bray Promenade and get some sunset photos.

Those plans would be shelved.by the fact it was foggy.

The fog would continue through to the following morning, when I walked up Bray Head. Due to this, the photos when I reached the top weren’t as good as I hoped for.

It was easier going up and down, very slippy and rocky, having to be careful and take my time.

I guess i’ll have to come back again some time and walk it with better visibility so I can get better photos.

On the Tuesday, my Dad headed down, so I met up with him after lunch, getting the DART to Greystones, taking in Greystones Town Centre, which I didn’t get a chance to do on the Monday and Greystone Harbour.

My original plan on Tuesday was to visit Great Sugar Loaf.

Looking online, it was hard to find clear information on how to get there, which is why I went to Bray Head instead, as it was a lot easier to find. I guess i’ll just have to do that on a later visit.

Bray Head should have been my Wednesday morning adventure, but having done it the day before, I used the free time to stroll along Bray Harbour before getting the DART to Dun Laoghaire.

My reason for going to Dun Laoghaire was to check out the Street Art that had appeared in recent months (There’s a separate blog for that) but I went for a walk through the town before a spot of lunch.

I really enjoyed going through the town, with the palm trees and architecture made it look Mediterranean (the sunshine might have helped and/or impeded my judgement) as if I was in Spain or Italy.

As I stared out the window of the DART going to and from Bray, I was struck by how many stops on the way were right beside a beach. You were spoilt for choice when it came to Coastal Walks.

Given my close proximity to Dublin, it would have been tempting to make a visit. However, with all these activities and walks on offer, there was no need to.

I do enjoy visiting Dublin, but i’ll give it a miss until the R Number drops. It’s a bit, how you say, busy.

Looking ahead, and a bit ahead, Dublin will be hosting the 2024 UEFA Cup Final.

I’ll be planning to go, but instead of staying in Dublin, I might base myself in Bray.

In 2022, the July Holidays will be on a Tuesday and a Wednesday.

My plans are to go away somewhere, either Sunday-Wednesday or Monday-Wednesday.

At the moment, i’m thinking of going to Waterford on those dates but Bray has now come into contention.

After all, I do have unfinished business. That being, walk up Bray Head and get some photos that aren’t dominated by fog, and to find Great Sugar Loaf and walk up it.

In short, I loved Bray, and recommend a visit. I’ll definitely be back some time, I just don’t know when.