em—bee: Enchanted Ireland… “This country of ours is no sand-bank thrown up by some caprice of earth. It is an ancient land, honoured in the archives of civilization , traceable into antiquity by its piety, its valour, and its sufferings. Every great European race has sent its stream to the river of the Irish mind.” From Literary and Historical Essays (1846) by Thomas Davis. Picture was taken in Downpatrick Co. Down. Photographer: Stephen Emerson.