The evening itself was dry but the sky was fairly overcast and the strong biting wind did not tempt the 15 or so photographers who turned up to linger any longer than necessary. Our first stop was the Cathedral where there is much to admire, the architecture, the stone work, the setting and the wildflowers growing in the cemetery. James O’Loughlin was on hand to point out some of the features that are not immediately apparent such as the faces on two of the waterspouts. We spent around 45 minutes here before moving on to the Friary.
The Friary is another treasure in the village of Ardfert with many of the buildings dating from the 15th century and standing for around 600 years. There are many beautiful details to capture such as the cloister and the carving around the windows. After around 30 minutes the cold got the better of us and we headed back to the clubhouse to a warm fire in the stove and a hot cup of tea supplied by the host Tom Lawlor.
As such there will not be a meeting on May 16th because on that date the village will be celebrating the feast of St. Brendan with an Open Air Mass in the Cathedral followed by refreshments in the Community Centre an Exhibition of Local paintings, pictures and memorabilia in the hall. Donal Stack and Steve Baker are organising a stand for this purpose and if you have any items of a local flavour that you would like to display then drop it into Steve premises. I leave you with this picture of Three Cornered Leek I found growing in the grounds of the Cathedral.
On the 30th of May we will have the last of our Open Competitions and if you would like some more information on our club then visit our website at http://ardfertcameraclub.weebly.com