Photographer's Note

We spent a few days in the centre of the South West Kerry fishing industry; the village of Portmagee. This colourful village has an equally colourful past, named after Captain Theobald Magee, a notorious 18th Century smuggler he and his compatriots preyed on vessels from the Continent and North America. Having served in the army of the English King James as an officer, Magee ‘retired’ to a life of merchant shipping between France, Portugal and Ireland. Thanks to the intricately chiseled coast around the South West, his trade in contraband spirits, textiles and tea and tobacco was extremely hard to police and therefore extremely profitable.

Portmagee’s most striking feature is undoubtedly its wonderfully colourful buildings. They compete for attention with its fishing fleet, and the cumulative impact of all this colour is a delight to the photographer. Irish weather though is unpredictable and cloudy, wet conditions can soon blow up. This shot was taken at about 8 in the morning, low cloud envelopes the mountains behind the houses and the sun makes a valiant attempt to brighten the day.

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