Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, my gallery at Carney is currently closed for visitors. However, I will be providing a Click & Collect service throughout the lockdown, for both framed images and large canvas prints.
This photo of an abandoned cottage was taken at the outskirts of Leenane village in Co. Galway. Leenane is nestled at the end of the stunningly beautiful Killary Harbour, a glacial fjord on the northern edge of Connemara.
The cottage was the home of Bina McLoughlin up until her death in 2001 at the age of 72. Bina was a larger than life character who shared her tiny cottage on the slopes of the Maam Turk mountains with at least 40 cats, a peacock, donkeys, goats, sheep and a litter of dogs
Dressed in flowing colourful shawls with dark black ringlets and a booming voice Bina seemed like a character from a different era. She was such a dominant feature of the area that she soon became know as "Queen of Connemara". Visitors to the cottage where entertained by a vast supply of stories and a great repertoire of ballads.
I have been told that the cottage may be an old school house from the late 19th century. This theory is supported by presence of a peeked elevation to the front of the roof which would suggest the porch was a later addition.
(See alternative photo of the cottage)