Not many people realize that the old Protestant Graveyard in Swinford even exists! The Graveyard is located just off Davitt Place at the back of Church view, in the heart of Swinford town. Late last year a local TÚS scheme started work in the old graveyard and they have done tremendous work there. It was badly overgrown and in a poor state.
There is a huge amount of history in the graveyard (as is in any graveyard) and there used to be an old Church on the site, but sadly this had been demolished many years ago. There is a lot of work to be done to clear out all the overgrowth, which has sadly overtaken the whole area. What has been cleared so far has reveled some gems. One of which is the unusual way this tree has grown around this old grave.
This is a project I will be following (being involved with Swinford Tidy Towns) and I’ll be back again to photograph many of the hidden gems that is yet to be uncovered. Although it was a very bright day when I visited, one of the few we get, it was very shaded here and quite difficult to get the shot. I used flash full power (which blew out the foreground) f/4, 1/50sec, iso-100, @18mm. Lens used was my 18-50 sigma f/2.8. I also used contrast and colour boost in PP.