Visual harmony: Northern lights & Ireland’s coast

We were treated to a special light show this week thanks to the Aurora Borealis as atmospheric conditions over Ireland saw the phenomenon occur further South than usual.

The Aurora, also known as the Northern Lights, is caused by the interaction of charged particles from the sun with atoms in the upper atmosphere (Yes, I googled that!). More typical of Scandinavia, the impressive display could be easily seen along the North coast with Donegal and Derry getting the best of it.

Here’s some of the best photos of the amazing Aurora.

lough Gill Dromahair

1. Lough Gill, Dromahair, Co. Leitrim by Kelvin Gillmor


Binevenagh Mountain Co. Derry

2. Binevenagh Mountain Co. Derry by Stephen Emerson


Carrickfinn, Co. Donegal

3. Carrickfinn, Co. Donegal by Rory O’Donnell


Horn Head, Co. Donegal

4. Horn Head, Co. Donegal by James Greer


Portrush, Co. Antrim

5. Portrush, Co. Antrim by GM Photograph


Doe Castle, Co. Donegal

6. Doe Castle, Co. Donegal by Rita Wilson Photography


Inishowen Co Donegal

7. Inishowen Co Donegal by Seamus McLaughlin


Mulroy Bay, Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal

8. Mulroy Bay, Kerrykeel, Co. Donegal by Gareth Crossan


9. Inishowen Co Donegal Some video footage.

Got a photo from the other night? Send it in and we’ll share it!

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Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22