After the Storms – Aillebrack

Today, March 4th was the first day of Spring in Connemara, a month late but let’s not argue now that it’s here ( fingers crossed ).

Homework was abandoned for the afternoon as I took my three daughters to the beach at Aillebrack, near Ballyconneely straight after school. The temperature was a balmy eight degrees but it seemed much warmer – so good to feel some sun after so many months.

I parked the car at Tra Mhor and we walked the full length of the beach which was heavily strewn with seaweed after the storms last month.

 

Tra Mhor

 

 

 

 

The defense wall seems to have done its job for the most part although the fence on the top of the dunes was badly damaged.

 

Fence damage at Tra Mhor

 

 

 

 

We followed the path beyond Tra Mhor towards the next strand.

 

The walk between beaches

 

 

 

 

As we descend onto the beach, there is a lot more visible damage. Large chunks of the coast have fallen in and the area is strewn with rocks.

 

The descent onto the next strand

 

 

 

 

Nothing prepares us for the next little cove which has been almost completely covered with rock. A favourite spot, this particular beach was a beautiful white strand before the storms. It is now almost completely covered with large boulders and is almost unrecognisable – where have they all come from?

There is just a small semi circle of rock free sand left.

 

Rocks at Aillebrack

 

 

 

 

Looking back from where we have just walked. It is quite a sight as we have spent many afternoons here on what used to be sand. We are thankful nonetheless for the warm, calm weather, a hopeful turning point in the season.

 

After the storm at Aillebrack

 

by Deborah Watkins