Thursday, July 20, 2017


My understanding is that the Joyce Family Museum, if that's what it's called, is simply a collection of things they've acquired after years of travel associated with their marble quarry. There were lots of interesting things to see, but I naturally "focused" only on those things that were of interest to me photographically. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Actually, before I take you inside to see the Joyce Museum (at least that's what I'm calling it), I thought this garden outside was interesting. Notice how they're using local peat as the medium to grow their plants in and how far they are along, especially as this was only mid-May.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shoulder Month

May is called a "shoulder month" in Ireland when you are in between the wet and dry seasons as well as between colder and warmer temperatures. That certainly was my experience. While I carried an umbrella with me most days, I only had to use it occasionally and only for short periods of time as here where I made my way past a garden at the Connemara Marble workshop to a kind of Joyce family museum across the street. 

Monday, July 17, 2017


The workshop where some of the smaller pieces of Connemara marble are used to create various craft items and jewelry.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Connemara Marble

So meet Ambrose Joyce of Connemara Marble.

"In 1822, the Joyce family from Galway opened up a quarry in Clifden called the Streamstown Marble quarry. The Joyce name was to become synonymous with Connemara Marble and have supplied some world famous buildings with the iconic marble. For those lucky enough to visit Galway they should seek out the Galway Cathedral in the city where you will see a beautiful example of Connemara Marble forming the floor and completing the beautiful cathedral. This floor is one of the largest examples of the marble in the world and was supplied by the Joyce family mentioned previously. It will ensure that the family name will live long in the folklore of Galway and cement their association with the local marble" (

Saturday, July 15, 2017


The floral centerpiece in the lobby of my hotel. What I noticed is that every one of the blooms could also be found growing in people's home gardens. Made me wonder if that's where they came from. I should have asked someone at the front desk.