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[Photo Journal] Ballintoy Harbour in Northern Ireland

A Game of Thrones Tour while in Dublin


Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Ballintoy Harbour (Northern Ireland)

Part of the Game Of Thrones Tour I did while in Dublin last year was a visit to the Ballintoy Harbour in Northern Ireland.

According to Wikipedia:

The village was used for the fictional town of Lordsport in the Isle of Pyke second season of HBO’s medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones. The filming at the harbour took place on 18, 19 and 22 August 2011, and from 15 August there was a limited public access to the zone. The local shops and fishermen, who had to temporarily berth their boats in Ballycastle, were compensated by the production.

And who are you, the proud Lord said
that I must bow so low? 
Only a cat of a different coat,
that’s all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws.
And, mine are as long and sharp, my Lord
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that Lord of Castamere,
but now the rains weep o’er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes, now the rains weep o’er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.
― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

“When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east,” she said sadly. “When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves. When my womb quickens again, and I bear a living child. Then you will return, my sun-and-stars, and not before.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords. Quick as a snake. Calm as still water.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

You are grown so very great now, yet the higher a man climbs the farther he has to fall.
― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

“The singers make much of kings who valiantly die in battle, but your life is worth more than a sword. To me at least, who gave it to you.” 
― George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

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