Capturing History Challenge – Week 1

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Its finally here and I am really excited about this. Heritage week has been in full swing in Ireland since last Saturday. And the response to last week Challenge  has been amazing. I had half expected that I would be the only one posting for this, but the amount of support has blown me away. The idea behind this challenge is to raise the awareness of people to the fact that our little world is filled with fantastic history and heritage, which is sadly forgotten about and ignored or destroyed. I also hope that this challenge can continue on a weekly basis, with your support, and that we can all learn about new and interesting places and some of the history behind them

So for our inaugural week we have four+ heritage related images from near and far. Each one is unique in its own right and tells a great story. So without further ado, let’s get on with the show.

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  1. Medieval Font at Lincon Cathedral by Sue Vincent. Daily Echo

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  1. Hellcat landing gear and Memorial by Richard Vittorioso. Misfit120

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  1. Plymouth Plantation by Noelle Granger. SailingAway

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  1. Royal Canal Kilcock by Aj Vosse. Ouch!! My back hurts!!

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  1. Reptilian Nasty by Ed Mooney. EdMooneyPhotography

I could not make my mind up as to show a brand new image or revisit an older one. So as it is the first week I decided to go with this little teaser from a forthcoming post. I won’t tell you the exact details yet, but I found this rather surprising reptilian carved into a stone set above a doorway in a well-known religious site in Meath. It’s actually quite funny because this site has strong connections to the man known as St. Patrick whom is said to have rid Ireland of its snakes. So you could imagine my surprise when I came across this? Please feel free to have a guess. And for all this week’s images, please stop by and check out this week’s contributors via the links below their image and/or leave comments below for discussion.

I really hope that you enjoyed this week’s post as much as I have. It would be really great to keep this going as a weekly challenge. But, this will only happen with your continued support. So please don’t be shy, you don’t have to be a great photographer or historian to join in.

So here is how you too, can join in;

The plan is quite simple, each Wednesday I will be posting an image of a random site with a heritage connection. Any images sent in will be included in the challenge along with your name and a link to your site. Full credit is given to each participant. The joy of this challenge is that we can all participate and share our images whilst raising the awareness of our own particular History and Heritage. The image can be anything from an old Church or Castle, to a Battlefield or Neolithic tomb, the choices are endless. And you can capture the image on any device you choose to. It can be in colour, black and white or any variation. The important thing is that we share.

And so to make sure that the challenge runs smoothly here are a few notes on how to participate:

  • All images must have been taking by you, there is no time restriction on this and you retain the copyright for your images
  • Images should be submitted via email by no later than midnight GMT on the Sunday before so I can ensure the challenge is ready to be posted on the Wednesday morning. My email address is
  • You don’t have to even have to be a WordPress blogger. This challenge is open to everyone, please include your name and a link back to your blog, website or social media page.
  • Images should be kept at low resolution with the largest side at 1000 pixels or less, if you need help with this you can pm me.
  • Once the challenge is published I will delete all files and mails from that week .
  • Each contributor should write a small piece about their image on their blog, for readers to check out, or at least the history behind the shot by adding  to the comments of each challenge.

Fingers crossed we will have some more fantastic Images, History and Heritage to share with you next Wednesday.

About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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36 Responses to Capturing History Challenge – Week 1

  1. Beautiful post Ed 😀

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  2. beetleypete says:

    A great start to your challenge, Ed , with some unusual images, and different places I haven’t seen.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. aj vosse says:

    Hi Ed, thanks for the mention… I really think you’re on to a winner and it will be fun keeping current with the submissions. So much to learn! 😉

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    • It would not have been possable without everyones support, So thank you, Im really looking forward so learning about different histories from around the world. The Canal is a fascinating subject, Im up in Monasterevin, where we have both the canal and the Barrow river. Its a shame the waterways are not utilized more.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    This is an excellent start to the challenge very well done!

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  5. restlessjo says:

    Hi Ed! I was just reminded of your challenge this morning and was going to add a link to my Clifton windows post, but it seems that is not your preferred way of participation? I will have to wait till I return from holidays in that case. Have fun! 🙂

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  6. oglach says:

    “Reality shows” are not reality; this is reality. Really great challenge. Enjoying it immensely.

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  7. noelleg44 says:

    Great photos, Ed, if I do say so myself. Can’t wait to find out about that reptile!

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    • Me too, lol. One of the strangest things I have come across 🙂
      We had some cracking images this week, I really enjoyed finding out the stories behind them.
      Fingers crossed we can keep this challenge going on a weekly basis and make it even bigger and better 🙂


  8. Sue says:

    Oh, I must join in once I’ve got. The house move out of the way!

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  9. Nice start to the challenge, Ed. And I can’t say how much I love the title “Reptilian Nasty” for your image. 😀

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  10. Ali Isaac says:

    A great start to your new feature Ed, well done, and great images everyone!


  11. Dalo 2013 says:

    This is fantastic Ed, telling the world that your island is filled with fantastic history and heritage ~ and will always be so.

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  13. Enjoy all the images and have one thought to share. The reptile seems quite weather worn. Good to see such a detail in close-up and focus. Makes one wonder about the original hand carving this creature.


  14. Bugger! I completely forgot about this Ed! AND I actually have a photo for it!
    The photo is something you would love. It is Cardoness Castle and was the seat of the McCulloch’s of Myreton (a very tenuous link to me) but best of all the first McCulloch Clan leader was an Irishman…Cullo O’Neill 😉

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    • Wow, that is deadly. The O;Neill come from Niall of the nine Hostages, I mentioned him last week. That would be great, send it in before Sunday and I can put it in next weeks challenge.
      Cant wait to seeit now 🙂


  15. jazzfeathers says:

    Really enjoyed this post. I think this is a fantastic idea and I’m sure you won’t ahve any trouble continuing the challenge as a weekly event.

    Couldn’t get pics with week, but I’m planning to have some shoot next week. Don’t go anywhere 😉

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  16. Sue Vincent says:

    Reblogged this on Daily Echo and commented:
    A great idea from photographer Ed Mooney… a way to share awarenesss of our global heritage.
    In this first week I submitted two images from Lincoln’s medieval Cathedral. While the font cover, with its wrought metalwork is comparatively modern, the smiling beasts on the Tournai font were carved in the mid 1100s.


  17. lovessiamese says:

    Reblogged this on TheKingsKidChronicles and commented:
    What a great and interesting idea. Perhaps in a couple of weeks or so I’ll be able to come with a picture or two to contribute. Thanks for sharing and opening this challenge. have a great day.

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  18. Interesting pictures. A real variety. 🙂 — Suzanne

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