To photograph a travel story that's about Ireland on the surface—but is really about the dark chapter in a marriage—it helps when the weather cooperates. And, while shooting Why Western Ireland Is the Best Place to Be Sad, "it was pouring the majority of the time," said photographer Jooney Woodward. 

"Once, I got out of the car with an umbrella to get a shot, and the umbrella nearly broke from the wind," she said. "I’d never been anywhere so remote—it was a complete contrast to the hectic city of London, where I live and work. I rarely passed another car, and all I could see for miles was rugged coastline."

Here are the images she captured between deluges. 

A view of the rooftops and colorful homes of Sligo.
 A local man drinks a pint at Thomas Connolly, the oldest pub in Sligo.

Knocknafaugher, a small town with a gorgeous coastline in the county of Sligo.

Damien Brennan and his wife, Paula Gilvarry, host Yeats Evenings at their home in Sligo.

Wood burning in the stove at Tricky’s McGarrigles pub in Sligo.

Michael Cosgrove Sr. opened his delicatessen in 1898. Today his grandson, also named Michael, runs the place.
The Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is one of four passage tomb sites in Ireland. It dates back to 3700 B.C.
A glass of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac awaits guests at Ashford Castle, a converted 1200s-era castle that's now a five-star hotel.

Poet W.B. Yeats drew inspiration for his writing from the beauty of Western Ireland.
Follow Jooney on Instagram @jooneywoodward.

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