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County Sligo

It only takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive the entire length of the Wild Atlantic Way in Country Sligo, but it’s here that you’ll find Yeat’s countryside.

Drumcliffe

Drumcliffe is known worldwide as poet William Butler Yeats final resting place. His great-grandfather was actually rector of Drumcliffe Parish Church in the early 19th century.

St. Columba's Parish ChurchSt. Columba's Parish Church, Drumcliffe.

While Yeats actually died in France, he was brought back here after World War II. His grave is just outside the church.

Yeats grave

Looking north from the grave site, you can see the majestic Ben Bulben.  Under Ben Bulben was one of his last poems, from which the last three lines are memorialized on his tombstone.

Bel Bulben mountain

Even before Yeats made Drumcliffe famous, it was a site of pilgrimage as far back as 574 AD when reputedly St. Columba (Colum Cille) founded a monastery near this site.  The High Cross (probably erected circa 1000) marks the location.  The east side of the cross shows characters from the Old Testament, while the west side depicts the New Testament.

High Cross at St. Columba's Parish Church

The portion of the Round Tower that still stands across the road is the only of its kind in Country Sligo and was probably the bell tower of a 10th century monastery church.

Round Tower from 10th century monastery

Eniscrone

Tucked away in the northwestern corner of County Sligo is the Diamond Coast Hotel in Eniscrone. Look out across the Enniscrone Golf Club and you can see the dunes and the wild North Atlantic. If you are looking for a 4 star type accommodation, this is worth checking out.

Their 92 rooms include a blend of doubles, triples and suites including special rooms especially designed for families.  The Coral Restaurant offers formal dining while more casual fare is offered in the Stir Bistro. Nightcaps of an adult variety can be enjoyed in the Inishaven Bar.

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One of life’s little irritants when traveling by air with nothing but a carryon is having to leave my pocket knife behind. I know that means I’ll encounter all sorts of uses for it when I don’t have it. Now, NiteIze has heard our plight and come out with a way to cope quite nicely – DoohicKey QuicKey.

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Smaller than your car key, but shaped similarly, the DoohicKey QuicKey is a godsend for doing all those little things that pop up unexpectedly.

My favorite function is the serrated edge that doesn’t look to TSA like a knife, but makes quick work of cutting open boxes and plastic bubble packed items.  The screw driver point is ideal for smaller screws like electrical outlets and kitchen cabinet hardware.  It’s also tough enough to use as a staple remover or mini prybar.

Other helpful tools include a bottle opener, file, and scoring point. Lots of function the size of your car key.

Check it out at NiteIze Website along with its brother, the SkullKey and its uncle the DoohicKey MultiTool. Pair it up with a PK K’3 and you’ve got a dynamic duo on your keyring.

Product Details

  • Key-sized multi-tool that easily attaches to an existing key ring
  • Two designs to choose from – QuicKey or SkullKey
  • Durable Stainless Steel construction
  • A variety of useful tools in a compact, easy to use design
  • Features the following tools: scoring point, bottle opener, file, serrated edge, and #2 flat head screwdriver
  • Travel and airport friendly
  • QuicKey-Size: 2.5″x 1.0″ x 0.2″ | 64.2mm x 25.2mm x 5.1mm
  • Quickey-Weight: 19.56g | 0.69oz

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Domke Next Generation Metro Messenger camera bagAs an editorial photographer, I’m always carrying different gear to each assignment. One day it might be my 70-200 f2.8 while another I might be carrying a wide angle and my camcorder. So which bag to carry? Until now I was always switching bags. With my new Domke Next Generation Metro Messenger, my switching days are practically done.

In a true messenger bag style, this bag is the perfect blend of height, width and depth to suit just about every assignment I’ve done in the past couple weeks. The padded interior is 4 x 16 x 10.5 inches tall.  With the two included dividers, you can easily arrange three or more pieces of gear into exactly the right sized compartments. The dividers have Velcro on three sides and can be rearranged instantly.

On the back of the bag is a fully padded compartment for up to a 15” laptop. My Yoga Ultrabook fits perfectly with room to spare.  Outside that is an exterior pocket, ideal for a magazine or newspaper. Also on the back is a loop for securing the bag over the trolley handle on your rollaboard suitcase.

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Up front, under the flap, you find tons more storage. Two large pockets serve to hold hard drives or auxiliary battery storage devices.  Unsnap the two snaps in the corner and the pockets almost triple in size – now able to carry two additional lenses or flash units.

Between those two pockets there are three other flat pockets suitable for recorders, pens, pencils and reporter pads or business cards. A full-length zipper pocket behind them all is ideal for miscellaneous paperwork you don’t want to lose as well as loose cords and chargers. You can easily add your small tablet to the top stack pocket or the zippered pocket would handle even the large new 13.3″ Yoga 2 Pro tablet with projector.

On either end of the bag there is another expandable pocket, this time with zippers to control the depth of the pocket.  Zipped closed, they are ideal for your phone or phablet. Unzipped, they can accommodate a 3-1/2 or 4” diameter lens. A sleeve pocket outside the zipper pocket can hold phones or business cards.

Getting into the bag can be done one of two ways – either flipping back the large flap which covers it, or through a double zipper in the top center of the flap. That’s ideal if you just need to get one lense and don’t want to take time to open the whole bag.

Another genius touch is the fold over tabs on all the Velcro closures.  If you’re working in a quiet environment like a church or synagogue, you don’t want people hearing the typical Velcro ripping noise. Merely fold the silencing tabs over your Velcro fasteners and no more noise. Love it.

Hand and shoulder straps are both included and can be used in combination or either one individually.  Both easily snap on and off at will.

This really is a bag that is super versatile and easy to carry around all day.  Not too big, not to small, I find it to be just about perfect for 90% of my shoots.

Check it out at the Domke Next Generation website.  Available in three color combinations.

Useful links:

Domke Metro Messenger page

How to buy a Domke bag

The Domke legend

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Got a phone or tablet?  Got media files? Thought so. All you need now is PK K’3, the most elegant and easy way to transfer and enjoy your media files I’ve ever seen.

As small as a paper clip, this 32GB storage device is USB 3 on one end and micro USB on the other. With blazing USB 3 speeds, you can download a movie from your laptop to the PK K’3 in about 10 seconds. Pop off the protective plastic cap on the other end – stick it into your smartphone or tablet and – sit back and enjoy your movie.

We never seem to have enough room on our devices to store all the movies and photos we want to share with others, not to mention those PDF’s or e-books we’d like to have handy for some downtime. Now you could effectively double the storage of your device with this miniscule 32GB device.

It comes with its own sturdy mini-lanyard and quick release clasp, so it can be on and off your keyring in seconds.  The PK K’3 is a solid metal for durability and it’s waterproof up to 3’ depth.  The clear plastic cap that protects the small micro USB connector is attached to the lanyard so you won’t ever lose it. Genius engineering.

The PK K’3 comes with PK-FileSync, a software to synchronize the data of your office computer with your computer at home via the cloud (synchro mode). You can also back up all your files on your key (mirror mode), or synchronize a video folder on your key before connecting it on your TV (auto-sync).

If you’ve got a device with minimum memory, or you just love to share files, you gotta check out the PK P’3 from PKParis. Once you use it, you’ll never want to be without it.

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