After journeying along Clew Bay in Mayo for the first time in 1842, William Thackeray described the stretch of water as presenting “the most beautiful view I ever saw in the world”. Carts and horses were heading back from Westport market, and the islands beyond seemed dressed in gold and crimson as the sun began to set.
Some 125 years on, John Lennon boated across the same bay to inspect his newly-purchased island. The...
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