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The view from above: 10 breathtaking images show the stunning coastline of Ireland

Images taken of Ireland by the Irish Air Corps, as they go about their daily business, show off the rugged and stunning coastline of Ireland.

Howth Head, Dublin
Howth Head, Dublin Image by Irish Air Corps

The 750 men and women who work in the Air Corps are tasked with protecting Irish waters,  monitoring fishing vessels and pleasure craft.
They also carry out many daring search and rescue missions  in the seas.   Their squadrons fly  over  132,000 square miles of some breath taking coastline, recording activity and taking images, which it has to be said, wouldn’t look out of place in a Lonely Planet guide to Ireland.

Here are just 10 of our favourite images taken from their Facebook page.  A tough day at the office for these lads….!

1. Skellig Michael Island, County Kerry

Skellig Michael island, off the Atlantic coast
Image by Irish Air Corps

2. Lambay Island, North Dublin

Lambay Island off the north coast of Dublin
Image by Irish Air Corps

3. Tramore Strand, County Waterford

Tramore Strand, Co Waterford
Image by Irish Air Corps

4. Poolbeg Towers, Sandymount, Dublin

Poolbeg Towers, Sandymount, Dublin
Image by Irish Air Corps

5. Mount Errigal, County Donegal

Mount Errigal, Co Donegal
Image by Irish Air Corps

6. The Blasket Islands, County Kerry

The Blasket Islands, Co Kerry
Image by Irish Air Corps

7. The Blessington Lakes, County Wicklow

The Blessington Lakes, Co Wicklow.
Image by Irish Air Corps

8. Benbulben, County Sligo

Benbulben, Co Sligo
Image by Irish Air Corps

9.The River Suir, Waterford City

Waterford City
Image by Irish Air Corps

10. Enniscrone Beach, County Sligo

Enniscrone Beach, Co Sligo
Image by Irish Air Corps