Friday, 30 September 2022


Time for Weekend Reflections and The Weekend Roundup and the letter is M and Mighty.  Known locally as The MOAT, Donaghadee MOTTE was constructed by the Anglo-Normans in the late 12th century.

Circa 1821 a picturesque castle, the Gunpowder Store, was built on top of the MOTTE to store explosives during the building of the ‘new’ harbour.

 In 2021 the Gunpowder Store was conserved and restored under the Donaghadee Townscape He Initiative funded by National Heritage Lottery Fund and Ards and North Down Borough Council.

The MOTTE is one of the largest in Ulster.

The Gunpowder Store is now home to the only accessible Camera Obscura on the island of Ireland.  Camera Obscura is an ancient optical device, it lets light in through a small opening on one side and projects a reversed and invested image on the other.  

Below, I would say there is a MIGHTY good view from the MOAT


I will leave with a couple MORE photos from Anna and Jonathan’s wedding.  They have just arrived into the MARVELLOUS reception as a MARRIED couple to a MIGHTY MULTITUDE of guests who were delighted to clap and cheer.  Her MOTHER, my daughter is dressed in blue and  is seated beside Anna’s father. My final shot is my STREET PHOTOGRAPHY.

 I hope you enjoyed this post today.

I appreciate your visit and comments.


  1. That does look like a marvellous celebration. All the best to the young couple for a long and happy future together.

  2. A lovely post and photos Margaret.

  3. Great history and photos of the Motte. There is a public Camera Obscura in Edinburgh, Scotland. They are always fun to visit.

  4. They've certainly restored that place beautifully, and the view is amazing.

    Best wishes to the happy couple!

  5. It was a very pretty wedding, guests and parties were sooo soothing. I liked your rainbow for today, nice shot. Lastly, I would love to visit your Gunpowder Store.