Photo Story: Ireland with Ashley Beer
Location: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland.
Ashley says: "The magical view of the Atlantic Ocean and the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher will be enough to capture your heart. While most people stand at the top of the open cliffs holding on for dear life, local surfers follow a goat track down to the bottom or travel by jetski from Doolin to meet the wave at the bottom of the cliff. Putting on a spectacular show, they surf waves breaking over 35ft high."
Location: Doolin Cliffs, County Clare.
Ashley says: "The high wind and small summer swell meant there were no waves to surf. Instead we spent the afternoon adventuring the Doolin cliffs, making the most of the sunshine and jumping into natural rock pools along the fresh Atlantic coast."
Location: Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland.
Ashley says: "Ennistymon is a small country market town. The local farmers markets are set up on the side of the main street every Saturday morning. The Moy Hill crew can always be found trading goods and chatting to local consumers face-to-face."
Location: Moy Hill, County Clare.
Ashley says: "Summer showers are always followed by the most magical rainbows. After a day's hard work in the field, local surfer/farmer and father, Fergal Smith, enjoys a moment with his daughter Sunshine up at the country farm house on top of the hill."
Location: Moy Hill Community Garden, Country Clare.
Ashley says: "Moy Hill community garden can be found along the country road behind the small coastal town of Lahinch. The garden is creating a space for people to come and spend time, educating the community on organic growing and sustainable living whilst also offering Friday afternoon cook-ups and small community events for everyone to get involved."
Location: Moy Hill Farm, County Clare, Ireland.
Ashley says: "Moy Hill farm delivering boxes filled with seasonal vegetables to the local community after the early Friday morning harvest. Every Tuesday the gates are open and old techniques are used to grow organic produce, to teach people how to do it for themselves and to feed locals with the fresh produce they need."
Location: Lahinch, County Clare.
Ashley says: "Friendly neighbours enjoying prime real estate where the land meets the sea. Living on fields of green with priceless oceans views."
Location: The Burren, County Clare, Ireland.
Ashley says: "Walking through the karst landscape known as the Burren, Sophie enjoys an afternoon walk with Conrad exploring the cracked limestone and diverse rock formations. They complete a two hour walk and visit a local goat farm where doors are wide open serving homemade tea, coffee, scones, goat-cheesecake and more, all by donation only."
Location: Moy Hill, County Clare.
Ashley says: "Back at the farm house we bake a fresh loaf of bread and wait patiently for the freshly picked herbs and teas to dry in the sun room, ready to drink."
Location: Doolin, County Clare, Ireland.
Ashley says: "Architecture is one of the most visible features along the Irish countryside. Doonagore Castle is a 16th century tower house overlooking Doolin Point where we spent the windy summer afternoon walking along the cliff and swimming in protected rock pools."
About the photographer
After completing a Masters in Media Arts and Production, Ashley continued to expand her perspective as a travelling film-maker documenting the extraordinary lives of everyday people and places around the world. Trying to keep things minimal, her work is often inspired by nature, human movement and simple yet functional designs.