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Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

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Downpatrick Head, photographed during the recent 'weatherbomb' off the coast of Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. Pic: Paul Doran / Belleek Castle.

When Paul Doran heard a 'weather bomb' was hitting the west coast, he grabbed his camera and drove towards Downpatrick Head.

"The sea stack is 200 feet high," the amateur photographer says.

"That gives you a sense of how high the sea is breaking."

When he heard the weather forecast, Doran - who owns and runs the nearby Belleek Castle in Ballina, Co. Mayo - drove north to Downpatrick Head, just off the coast at Ballycastle.

"There was no point in going to the car park because the waves were just breaking over it," he says.

"They were calling it a weather bomb. I just thought it was wild!"

We've included both Doran's original images - the first four photos in the gallery above - and versions he processed using High Dynamic Range (HDR) - the last four photos in the gallery.

HDR is a technique that combines a series of images with differing exposures or settings to get results that may not be possible with a single aperture and shutter speed.

"There's no photo-shopping on it," he explains.

"But when you run it through a process to extract the dynamic range, you get a much more dramatic photograph."

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Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

Coomeenole, Dingle peninsula, Co. Kerry.

Dog's Bay, Connemara: Just a couple of kilometres from the village of Roundstone on the Ballyconneely Peninsula you'll find two of the sweetest beaches on the Wild Atlantic way lying back to back. Both Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay are good for walking and swimming, but it's the snow-white sands of the former that do it for us.

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Keem Bay, Achill Island.

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Portsalon Beach, Co. Donegal. Photo: Getty

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Barleycove, Co. Cork

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Silver Strand, Co. Donegal: One of several silver strands scattered around the Irish coastline, this beautiful nook is stashed way out west on the Slieve League Peninsula near Glencolmcille. Snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing are all gorgeous here, and the out-of-the-way location means you'll only have to share it with crowds on the sunniest of summer days.

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