These days in Limerick we are almost overwhelmed by the financial crisis. There are so many shops closing down that the main street looks like a mouth full of broken teeth. Economic recession and the planning mistakes of the past have put our city under enormous stress.
But next Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day - our national holiday - and the festivities started tonight with a massive fire works display which brought throngs of people into the city centre in search of some relief from all the doom and gloom. There was a wonderful atmosphere and sense of fun.
The photograph shows King John's Castle built circa 1200.
I took the photograph from the board walk outside the Curraghgower bar looking across the Shannon River at the castle which is built on an island in the river. Dianne brought me a pint from the bar as I was working.
Everything on manual. Aperture f/11. Exposure was 10 seconds (I'm amazed at how steady my hand was!!).