Counting it pure JOY in Portrush

Yesterday I explored my favorite place in Northern Ireland. An area of outstanding natural beauty, on the Causeway Coastal route, and a childhood holiday spot. It’s impossible to walk the east or west strand of this glorious beach without making new friends. Almost everyone makes eye contact, says hello, and welcomes Irish banter (conversation).

A filming location for Game of Thrones, it’s also the golf capital of the world. As far back as 1890, in the sandhills behind the beach, the first fairways of what was to become one of our finest golf courses were being created. And long before that, in the 12th century, a contest of a more bloodthirsty nature took place. In the sandhills still known as War Hollow, a battle between invading Norsemen and Irish warriors is alleged to have taken place…and apparently the Irish won.

A local discovery point sign gives us a sense of how far other cities are from the East strand in Portrush.

Moscow 1,708 miles
Berlin 839 miles
Madrid 1,028 miles
Giants Causeway 6 miles (designated as a world heritage site)
Islay 30 miles
Iceland 690 miles
New York 3, 140 miles

“Count it all JOY, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces PERSERVERANCE ” James 1: 2-3.




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