Storm Gathering Killary Harbour

This photograph of Killary Harbour was taken in May 2011 just as the light was changing following a wet and windy afternoon. Killary Harbour is a glacial fjord on the northern edge of Connemara. It is 16km long and 45m deep and forms a natural border between Galway and Mayo.

Mweelrea and Delphi straddle Killary's northern shore while the Maumturk and Twelve Bens [Link] mountain ranges rise to the south. The village of Leenane sits in a stunningly beautiful location nestled into the head of Killary Harbour. With the ever changing light reflecting off the harbour and brooding mountains, the approach to Leenane is spectacular from all directions.

This rugged beauty has made Killary and Leenane ever popular with artists and writers. The stage play 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has been hugely successful with long runs in both Broadway and the West End. Leenane was also the location for Jim Sheridan's film adaptation of John B. Keane's famous play 'The Field' in the early 1990s.

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