Following on from our recent Day Trip to Glenstall Abbey and Clare Glens Fermoy Camera Club were all aboard last Sunday for the Bus Trip to Birr. Twenty five members of the club gathered at 8am with camera gear and suntan lotion all packed. After a very enjoyable journey where the banter was flowing we arrived in Birr where we dined on a full Irish to build our strength for the day ahead. It was then a short stroll to the castle where we were given a tour of some of the grounds as well as the castle itself. This was hugely informative as well as a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent rooms of what is still a family home.
After the house tour we made our way out to the gardens where the serious business of the day, cracking jokes and taking the odd photograph, commenced. The gardens offered beautiful photo opportunities with ponds, river, suspension bridge, wildlife, wild flowers as well as well manicured gardens and cultivated flowers. There was also the opportunity to photograph the huge telescope which played such an important role in early European celestial exploration.
Also on the grounds is a magnificent science museum. Having explored all areas of the castle and grounds club members went to explore the town which has some lovely architectural features before going for a well-earned dinner. At the end of the day it was back aboard the bus for the journey home where we were entertained by some beautiful singing, which soothed some members into sleep! Overall it was agreed by all that it was another great day of “Fun with Photography!” The club would like to thank Bill Chambers and the Outings Group for their hard work in organising another great day out.
The club’s Fun Friday Tours are continuing to prove very popular amongst club members. These Friday evenings get togethers have seen club members travelling to Roches Point, where we were joined by members of Cobh Camera Club, as well as Mount Melleray and Villierstown over the past fortnight. This week’s trip will see us head for the East Cork beach of Ballycroneen for some seascape work as well as a sunset.