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This is a shot of Baltray Beach, a fairly lonely beach at the townland of Baltray in County Louth.

Baltray itself comes from the Irish Baile Trá, meaning beach settlement, or beach town.

Although there is no real town to speak of here, just a collection of houses near the sea and a golf course along with one pub and one shop, it is only 8km away from the major town of Drogheda and like Drogheda, it sits on the estuary of the River Boyne.

In the scene here can be seen the shipwreck of the ship that was known as the MV Irish Trader. She was a 344 ton cargo ship that was registered in Hartlepool. On her last voyage in 1974, she was carrying 440 tons of fertilizer into Drogheda when she ran aground here at Baltray.

The wreck was never removed, and 40 years of coastal erosion have not been kind to it, leaving little remaining.

The wreck of MV Irish Trader makes this beach extremely popular with photographers, as low tide makes the wreck accessible. You can see how many pictures there are of this wreck on google image search.

Its a place I myself have wanted to visit for a long time, so decided to go there today, but it became one of the longest waits I have done for a particular photo. I got there just as the tide began to recede, but it took almost three hours for the tide to go out far enough for me to get the pictures I wanted. It was a benefit that while I was waiting, these girls on horseback went by on the beach!

Although this is not the shot I went to Baltray to get, it was one I was happy with nonetheless!

Thanks for looking.

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