” FINN MCCOOL” TO “ULYSSES” THE WILD RHODODENDRAN GARDENS OF HOWTH CASTLE.

Howth Castle has been the stronghold of the St. Lawrence family for hundreds of years. Initially a timber fort, which was built on Tower Hill in 1177  before a permanent stone-walled Norman castle was constructed in mid-fifteenth century at the present site.

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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth.
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Up on the Hill to the South of the Castle stands a 12-hectare (30-acre)garden which was first planted in 1875 and is best known for its 1,500 varieties of wild  rhododendrons, one of the largest collections in Europe. In order to construct and plant the garden , earth and peat was carried up the cliff face and put into holes in the rocky surface. The original plants were mainly the common purple rhododendron “Ponticum”.

Nestled at the base of the Hill is an ancient dolmen known as Aideen’s Grave which was mythically flung by “Finn McCool” from the Bog of Allen.

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Aideens Grave Howth Castle
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The Castle has much Literary References most notability  James Joyce`s Book “Finnegan’s Wake” which is based around Howth Castle and the surrounding area. As for the Rhododendran Gardens, this is the location where Bloom proposed to Molly in Joyce’s Classic “Ulysses” –

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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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I used two Cameras for this project- My Nikon D2x and my Nikon D3 – All the images were taken using three lenses

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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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-A Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 D  Nikon AF A Nikkor 24-120mm 1:3.5-5.6 D and a Sigma DC 18-50mm 1:2.8 Ex Macro HSM .All digital files taken were in Camera raw format.

David O’Shea

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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle www.osheaphotography.com

Rhododendran Gardens Howth Castle
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