Sunset is a beautiful time of day, a time when we think about the day that is fading and dream of the day that is not yet born.
Lingering Irish sunsets encourage such reflective thoughts.
Sunsets Over The Atlantic Ocean
This week I have been working on my County Galway post.
As I searched for photos of the sun setting over Galway Bay I came across an array of magnificent Irish sunsets.
These photos were so amazing I got totally distracted and carried away.
Once again, County Galway was put on the long finger, but all for the sake of these magnificent sunsets.
Watch the Sun Go Down on Galway Bay
And so in the words of the famous Irish ballad, Galway Bay:
"If you ever go across the sea to Ireland
Then maybe at the closing of your day,
You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
And see the sun go down on Galway Bay."
Such lovely sunset images underscore why the composer of Galway Bay so missed these western Irish sunsets.
Irish Sunset Quotations
There are many Irish quotations about sunsets. Here is one of my favorites.
May there be just enough clouds on your horizon
to cause a beautiful sunset.
- Irish blessing
I got homesick thinking of Irish sunsets, imagining the sun sinking slowly in the western sky, illuminating a distant watery horizon.
All along the west coast and Wild Atlantic Way, clear day sunsets simply take your breath away.
Even cloudy soft days create their own magic.
Sunsets are spectacular the world over, but there is something unique about Irish westerly sunsets.
They may just make your heart skip a beat.
I often visit County Donegal, and there the sun sets with magnificent splendour.
Land, rock, water and sunlight mingle magically together.
Sometimes this spectacular sight must be seen to be believed.
No matter how magnificent these images may be, they pale in comparison to the real life scenes.
And so here is my prayer for you tonight. If you ever dreamed of visiting my homeland, may you someday be fortunate enough to see the sun go down on Galway Bay.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade