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Kathy Finnegan designed this super ad for me, to appear in the July issue. She has been very kind to me over the years


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2019 calendars are now available to buy on my website. Signed copies available on request. Irish lighthouses and Beara calendars.


(John Eagle Photography) 2019 annual beara beautiful calendars coastal color dates harbors harbours images lanterns lighthouses monthly mountains photographs pin towers up views villages Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:52:32 GMT
Helen Theresa walking with sheep Helen Theresa walking with sheepHelen Theresa walking with sheepHelen Theresa walking with her sheep. Oil on canvas 20x8 inches

Helen Theresa walking with her sheep. She often went for walks in the mountains above her father's home on the Beara Peninsula, dressed in her favourite purple gown with its soft velvet cape hood. A pretty girl with a wonderful nature. Many poems were of her making, as she let her mind wander freely in the hills. Oil on canvas 20x8 inches

Original can be viewed near Eyeries on the Beara peninsula

(John Eagle Photography) beara brook helen theresa hillside mountains oil on canvas painting path purple river sheep stream woman Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:26:53 GMT
Pushing the boundaries Flying to the outer limits

InisfernardInisfernardWestern end of Inisfernard Island

Off the Beara coastline lies an uninhabited island that has enchanted me for many years. It is in fact three islands, the western end being divided by two channels. I have been through the channels in a boat, I have landed on the island a few times for picnics and more recently for a Mass ceremony 

There used to be people living on the island up until the middle of the 20th century, and a pier on Kilcatherine served as a loading place for turf to be shipped out. There are ruins on the eastern southern sheltered side of the island. where the land slopes to the sea, unlike the cliffs on the Kenmare Bay side to the north.


InisfernardInisfernardInisfernard Island

The above shows the channels that divide the island into three, looking across to the Miskish Mountains across Coulagh Bay

Western IsleWestern IsleInisfernard Island on the Beara peninsula

This view is from just out from Kilcatherine Point showing the island stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean. with not much after before you get to North America

InisfernardInisfernardInisfernard Island

This was the shot I flew out there for, showing the whole length of the island. complete with amazing surf. On the left you can see Kilcatherine Point and across Coulagh Bay to Eyeries village and Miskish Mountain

The risk of course is the drone might crash into the sea, and be a right off. But the reward is a shot like this with the 20 mega pixel camera

Drone used Phantom 4 Pro Plus

(John Eagle Photography) atlantic ballycrovane bay beara coulagh inisfernard irish island kenmare offshore way wild Thu, 12 Apr 2018 22:39:44 GMT
Re-working Oil painting re-working

Turf CartTurf CartPatrick bringing home a load of turf from the bog with the help of his faithful horse Daisy

The Turf Cart

Usually when I paint a pre-conceived idea it doesn't really work. I had this image of a horse and cart bringing home the turf. The trouble with ideas I don't see every part of the scene and as in the above oil I added in the stream on the left to fill up that area. It proved a disaster. I wasn't happy. It cut off a section of the painting which didn't have much on it, basically making two paintings. As well as this I wasn't happy with the horse. It just didn't look right, resembling a creature from the time before humans came on the Earth, I had to do something, so started by touching up on parts of the painting, which never works. I had to paint over most of it and basically start again. The paintings I develop on the canvas always work much better to those I paint from ideas.

So I painted the one below which I am now calling The Turf Cart #2

The Turf CartThe Turf CartSeamus bringing the turf home from the bog with his horse Dolly

(John Eagle Photography) attraction barren beara black bog bridge brook brush strokes caha mountains cart. cartwheel chimney cottage europe farmer farmhouse fast flowing fuel going home grey horse ireland lane man mountains oil on canvas oil painting oils overcast peat river in flood road home scudding clouds seamus smoke storm stream. turf turf burning valley white wild ireland yesteryear Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:03:14 GMT
Wailing Woman still standing even after Rey cut it down with her light sabre!! Skellig MichaelSkellig MichaelWailing Woman rock on Skellig Michael, cut in two by Rey's sabre in 'The Last Jedi' Star Wars film

Wailing Woman rock on Skellig Michael, cut in two by Rey's sabre in 'The Last Jedi' Star Wars film.

(John Eagle Photography) Mon, 18 Dec 2017 18:56:53 GMT
Overcoming cancer I have managed to overcome cancer of the oesphagus, with the wonderful help of the nurses and doctors of the Mercy and CUH hospitals in Cork, Ireland. I wrote a piece for the Irish Times which was published in November.

Please click on this link: We chatted about aliens

(John Eagle Photography) Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:03:10 GMT
Turf Cart Turf CartTurf CartPatrick bringing home a load of turf from the bog with the help of his faithful horse Daisy

Patrick bringing home a load of turf from the bog with the help of his faithful horse Daisy

(John Eagle Photography) Wed, 25 Oct 2017 17:35:28 GMT
Black box lighthouse videos


Check out my 'black box' lighthouse videos. Lighthouses illuminate the dark places, beaming the light out. I've been flying my Phantom 4 pro plus round some of the Irish lighthouses and creating videos for you. I hope you enjoy them


(John Eagle Photography) hook hook head lighthouse mine head the baily Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:05:39 GMT
Irish Lighthouse calendar Irish Lighthouse Calendar


Ever since I started taking pictures of Irish lighthouses, back in the 1980s I have dreamed of making a lighthouse calendar. It has been something I wished for, but unable to do simply because of the costs involved. In the 90's I supplied pictures for the Commissioners of Irish Lights calendar, and I also had some of my shots featured in other companies calendars, but never in one of my own until now.

Since 2014 I have been producing a calendar for the Beara peninsula, which sold well and I was pleased with. However what I wanted was a big calendar to show off my photography. The Beara calendar was a small scale production, and bought mostly by people who live here on the Beara peninsula. Some copies started heading out to the States and I began to gain some confidence.

In October 2016 I was diagnosed with cancer of the oesphagus and spent much of the following months doing chemo either side of a major operation to remove the tumor. I felt life was too short to hang around and not do a lighthouse calendar, and then out of the blue a local company offered a calendar producing service that suited me down to the ground.

I tried out some picture ideas, some fonts, and then went for it

Going through cancer changed my outlook on life. I thought nothing of risking all by getting a new and much better drone. I lashed out on a Phantom 4 pro plus with a 20 mega pixel camera which took the Mizen picture above.

In August one of my pictures of Skellig Michael was chosen by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to give to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a framed print. The picture appears in my calendar on the December page. I took the shot from the Irish Lights Eurocopter 135 with my trusty Canon EOS 5D mk 2 which I used for thousands of pictures

A year ago when I knew I was in trouble I bought myself Canon's new EOS 5 mk iv that takes 30 mega pixel images, and has a fabulous control system. I thought well if I'm going to snuff it I might as well enjoy the last days of my life and if I survive I will have a really great camera. No point leaving the money in a savings account as savings accounts pay next to no interest

My doctor told me I would survive and would be pestering her for many years to come, so I told myself I would get through it all and put up with whatever was thrown at me. Heavy chemo drugs, a 12 hour operation, and here I am a year later cancer free with a super camera and a fabulous drone

So I produced my lighthouse calendar and I see the orders coming in from all over the World, which makes me really happy

People are asking me to sign the calendar as I did with my books, feels truly great and I am glad I went ahead and brought it out

I would like to thank Sue Hill for her support, and buying 30 of the calendars for sale at the Mizen Head, Ireland's most south westerly point

The calendar is also on sale at Kilbaha Gallery near the Loop Head lighthouse

It is also on sale in Castletownbere at Loop de Loop and Hook Head lighthouse

and you can order it off my website


(John Eagle Photography) ardnakinna blackhead calendar fastnet galley hook irish irish lighthouse calendar johns justin trudeau kilcredaune leo varandkar lighthouses mizern old head of kinsale skellig michael Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:49:18 GMT
Taking sheep to the island Taking sheep to the islandTaking sheep to the islandoil on canvas. Paddy and Mick taking sheep to the iisland

oil on canvas. Paddy and Mick taking sheep to the island

(John Eagle Photography) boat ireland on canvas island oil oil on canvas paddy rowing sheep. Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:45:53 GMT
Roancarrig lighthouse Roancarrig lighthouseRoancarrig lighthouseRoancarrig lighthouse in Bantry Bay, Beara, SW Ireland

Roancarrig lighthouse in Bantry Bay was the very first I shot for my lighthouse postcard series, because my sponsor had a salmon farm close by and I wanted to show him my appreciation by shooting Roancarrig first. That was way back in 1993, long before other people were taking pictures of Irish lighthouses

Roancarrig lighthouseRoancarrig lighthouseRoancarrig lighthouse in Bantry Bay, SW Ireland

Nowadays it is easy to fire up a drone and go out to these lighthouses, as I did for these pictures. These were taken using my DJI Phantom 4 Pro plus which has a 20 mega pixel camera

The granite tower is just for show these days, the light in it no longer works, replaced by that metal tower you see stood beside it

Roancarrig lighthouseRoancarrig lighthouseRoancarrig lighthouse in Bantry Bay

This island was used in the Neil Jordan movie 'Ondine' starring Colin Farrell. The house was put on the market for €150,000 

I shot a video out there. I hope you enjoy watching it


(John Eagle Photography) atlantic bantry bay beara berehaven irish lights lighthouse ondine roancarrig roancarrig lighthouse south west ireland Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:21:26 GMT
Offshore island


I wanted to see how far my Phantom 3 drone would fly, as I have experienced distance problems, so I chose a perfect wind free day to test its distance. I flew over Inisfernard an island off the Beara coast. I got almost to the end of the island before the red warning, about 2km from where I held the base controller. On the way back I became aware of three jet skis tearing up the Kenmare Bay. Inisfernard translates as the Island of the Big Man


(John Eagle Photography) atlantic drone video inisfernard island island of the big man kenmare bay way" wild Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:26:55 GMT
Fastnet Rock lighthouse FastnetFastnetFirst lighthouse built 1854, made of cast iron it replaced the light on Cape Clear. When the similar cast iron lighthouse on the Calf Rock was destroyed it was decided to build a granite one
See it up close and personal on
The Southern Lighthouse Tour

First lighthouse built 1854, made of cast iron it replaced the light on Cape Clear. When the similar cast iron lighthouse on the Calf Rock was destroyed it was decided to build a granite one
See it up close and personal on
The Southern Lighthouse Tour

(John Eagle Photography) ; ;granite atlantic atlantic; coast; cornish fastnet fastnet; fastnetprint for framing; lighthouse lighthouse; ocean picture; race; rock teardrop wallprint; way; wild yacht Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:04:48 GMT
Tight squeeze A Tight Squeeze

I decided to fly Eagle Eye, my Phantom 3 Advanced , through the caves known as The Arches on the north side of Ballydonegan Bay. It was a tight squeeze, and I lay awake the night before hoping I wouldn't crash the drone. Still all went according to plan and I hope you enjoy the result. I start the video off with showing you the location which is then followed by a fly over the target area and a wave from yours truly! Then its down to the business of going through the arches

(John Eagle Photography) 3 Advanced Allihies Arches Ballydonegan Bay Beara Ireland Phantom The Sat, 17 Jun 2017 18:37:04 GMT
Re-working a painting for charity Re-working a painting for charity

As many of you know I have been battling cancer since October 2016. I have been on chemo twice, December to January, operation in March and then second round of chemo starting May for nine weeks. I spent two and a half weeks in hospital after my 12 hour operation to remove my oesphagus. All these trips I had to make to hospital were, for the large part, arranged for me by a dedicated group of volunteers called Cancer Connect. The drivers do it for the love of it, devoting their time free of charge. The fuel they use is paid for by Cancer Connect.

I wanted to find a way to say a big thank you, so I painted the following oil early June

'Seamus bringing home the sheep' oil on canvas 20x16 inches

I took time and trouble with this one, working from an idea I had in my head, the two things that usually lead to a disastrous painting and sure enough it was not the best I had ever done. If I stay painting for longer than 30 minutes I start to make it look pretty and it always goes wrong as happened to this one, and that awful misshapen head of a creature appeared on the right of the valley and I wasn't sure how to correct it. I was also working from an idea that I had beforehand which is recipe for disaster. I don't paint from ideas, not from pictures or scenes for that matter. Everyone and the World tries to make me do them like that and I refuse. They tell me my paintings are too dark, why don't I paint bright blue scenes with a smiley sun looking down, everyone thinks best, but they are fine to have their say, I just wish they would tell some wall and not me

Anyhow I decided to re-paint part of the oil, without fore thought, and do it quickly and the result is below and I hope you all like it. The painting below will be auctioned at the opening of the Beara Arts Festival August 4th in Castletownbere. Starting price €450. So if you decide to buy, you are helping someone with cancer


Bringing the sheep homeBringing the sheep homeSeamus bringing the sheep home, oil on canvas 20x16 inches, painting by John Eagle

As you can see I kept Seamus and his sheep and the stream flowing into the valley, but I also darkened the foreground

(John Eagle Photography) Art Beara Eagle Ireland Irish John arty canvas hidden landscape oil on painting peninsula valley Sat, 10 Jun 2017 21:53:19 GMT
Oil painting Hidden ValleyHidden ValleyReturning home to my house in the hidden valley on the Beara peninsulla

I was in an indifferent mood this morning, slept in late after taking my chemo tablets knowing full well I should be going to the funeral of a friend in Allihies at 1pm. But I had had a bad night, very sick, and I didn't really feel well enough to drive over to Allihies. If I did leave for the funeral then I would need to leave the house by Noon at the latest, but the cats needed feeding and so I went out to the studio and after feeding them decided a seascape might be a nice oil to paint. As it turned out I painted the above landscape. I never know what I am going to paint, it always comes straight out of my head onto the canvas. I am really pleased with this one. I think I work better under a bit of pressure, that being to get it done so I had time to drive to Allihies. I got it done all finished in about 30 minutes and realised I wouldn't make the gathering before the burial, then I realised I wouldn't make the burial either. Being on chemo I am not supposed to to attend gatherings anyway.  Just think, if I don't suvive then this oil might be worth a fortune!!

This one I am calling 'The Hidden Valley' and you can also see it on my website or you can purchase prints of it from right here on my Zenfolio site.

I am rather pleased with my effort. The oil is 20x16 inches, oil on canvas

(John Eagle Photography) Art Beara Eagle Ireland Irish John arty canvas hidden landscape oil on painting peninsula valley Sat, 20 May 2017 20:13:28 GMT
After the Storm After the StormAfter the Stormoil on canvas

A few years ago I painted this oil, calling it 'After the Storm' and hung it at Anam Cara Artist and Writer's Retreat in Eyeries, where it hung for many years. Then in September the poet D.J. Gaskin came to stay there, a Ronan Lynagh and John Saunders. Together they were inspired to write poems and songs inspired by my painting. Nothing like this had ever happened to me before and I was greatly moved. Sue Booth Forbes who runs the Anam Cara Artist and Writers Retreat Centre asked me roun d for supper to meet these wonderful people, and then afterwards they recited their poems and songs, and I recorded them doing that with my iphone. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do

After the StormRonan Lynagh playing a song on his guitar inspired by my painting

After the StormJohn Saunders reciting a poem inspired by my painting

After the StormPoet D.J. Gaskins recites a poem inspired by my oil painting

(John Eagle Photography) Beara Irish Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:22:30 GMT
Wild Atlantic Way videos Wild Atlantic Way ~ Irish Lighthouse videos

I've been flying my drone 'Eagle Eye' making lots of videos of wild Irish headlands, especially ones with lighthouses on

Cromwell Point lighthouseVideo shot from Eagle Eye last day of March 2016

The above is of Cromwell Point which I shot on the very last day of March which turned out to be a gorgeous day. This I recorded a narrative for and also made a bit long. After this I decided that it was best to shoot a quick video with just the sound of the ocean and no talking as the surf sounds were drowning out the narrative. Viewers can see my website for information on these lighthouse, and also come on my lighthouse tours to learn more, therefore listening to me on the video wasn't necessary.

Ballycotton which I shot during the Southern Irish Lighthouse Tour was a touch scary, as there were lots of seagulls flying in circles round Eagle Eye and I feared they might collide with it. I was constantly soaring to avoid a collision or banking away. I flew out to sea to get away from them to a shot of the whole island, but that meant I had to find a safe way back. In the end I returned safely and neither the gulls or Eagle Eye were harmed.

Galley Head I shot on a beautiful fine morning. I had originally filmed a video of Galley Head in February, putting a narrative with it. Back then I did not fly very far away as I was nervous of going over the sea. Fears of it dropping out of the sky and meeting a watery end played heavy on my mind. However as it was pointed out to me by another photographer if it came down on land it would most likely smash into lots of pieces. It is something a drone pilot must consider, that the device will fall and if you are not prepared then you shouldn't be flying it in the first place. There are rules to be obeyed, like not flying over people for obvious reasons. I do my utmost to obey these rules and film in remote locations

Hook Head in April. Not remote but quiet. This is one of the most visited lighthouses in the country, on par with the Mizen which also attracts thousands of visitors each year. As you can see in the above video there weren't many people there. It was a damp cloudy day when I arrived, but brightened up superbly an hour after I arrived. I was here again at the start of July on the Southern Irish Lighthouse Tour but then there were lots of people and the weather wasn't so good. I saw the risks with all those people there and knew it was best not to try a flight; besides it was going to be difficult to improve on the above April video

Sheep's HeadRemote location ideal for flying a drone. The lighthouse was built to assist oil tankers entering Bantry Bay on their way to the Whiddy Island Oil Terminal

This is one of those gorgeous remote locations Ireland is famous for, even so there are people who have chosen to walk here for the wildness of the Sheep's Head Way. You can see them milling around the base of the lighthouse. You will also see I fly Eagle Eye at a distance from them, never over them. The subject matter here for me was the lighthouse, and its amazing location. A small lighthouse, not very interesting, and yet in its position made to look exciting. You start to wonder what mammals might be swimming in the ocean below

Dursey Island apprach

Dursey Island, above, is truly special. Far from the madding crowd, and with an old lighthouse to boot. You can just make out a ruin on the right. This was a temporary lighthouse built after the Calf Rock lighthouse was destroyed in a violent storm in the 1880s. It operated until the lighthouse on the Bull Rock was completed. In 1994 I flew out to the Bull Rock to take a picture for postcard #8 in the Irish Lighthouse Series and while I was out there Captain Mick Conneely asked me if I would like a picture of the Calf Rock as well. I thanked him and as he flew me there in the Bolkow helicopter I looked out at the awesome sight of Dursey and snapped two pictures. One of these I produced as a framed print which can be seen on the wall of Casey's Hotel in Glengarriff, the other as a postcard, with text on the back by local author Penny Durell. It became one of my biggest selling postcards. I shot it on colour slide, and over the years it faded and faded. I saved it digitally but even so there was a problem because a hairline mark meant good printing impossible. So I wanted to go back and re take the picture and had the good fortune to get the beautiful surf lines you see in the above video. The original aerial shot you can see on my News page of my website. As well as video I produced a new postcard of Dursey which you can purchase from my postcard page if you wish

Other lighthouse videos include Ballinacourty, Roche's Point, Loop Head and Kilcredaune which is a no longer working lighthouse on the River Shannon

To finish here are a couple of gorgeous headlands on the Wild Atlantic Way, firstly the Cod's Head

I love this place, all those slanting rock lines, well off the beaten track where there is no likelihood of people. Beautiful wild Ireland, remote and yet not so remote. In the distance on the right you can just make out Allihies village, on the left just out of shot is Eyeries village. It was on the Cod's Head that scenes were shot for the film 'Falling for a Dancer' one of Colin Farrell's first movies

Last but not least is Kilcatherine, which is close to my heart. I often take my dog for walks along this headland, which sits between the Kenmare Bay and Coulagh Bay.

Prints are available from images I shot whilst making the videos, and I have a cracking one of Kilcatherine see below. At least I think its a cracker

Kilcatherine PointKilcatherine Point

I hope you enjoy my videos, John Eagle


(John Eagle Photography) Atlantic Way Wild Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:10:34 GMT
Dursey Island Dursey IslandDursey IslandDursey Island from the western end

Dursey Island

In 1994 I was flying in a Bolkow helicopter  with Capt. Mick Conneely between the Bull Rock lighthouse and the Calf Rock when I noticed out of the window an interesting view of Dursey, which I snapped with my trusty Canon A-1 using colour slide film. I should have taken several shots, but hindsight is wonderful. Little did I realise how popular my shot would be. I made a postcard from the shot, helped by Penny Durell who was writing a book on the island which later became Discover Dursey. She wrote the text that appeared on the back of the postcard. The postcard sold in its thousands. Anyway June 7th 2016 was a nice day so I took my drone Eagle Eye for a flight off the western end and the above shot is one of many I took. I also shot a video see below, while I at it

Dursey IslandVideo from Eagle Eye at the Western End of the Dursey flying in and looking at thousands of sea pinks

Prints are available here on my Zenfolio site and also from my personal pro lab, which you can order from off my website:


(John Eagle Photography) Beara Dursey Island Tue, 07 Jun 2016 23:20:44 GMT