FASHION designer and illustrator Sara O’Neill has described how she stumbled across witnessing the dazzling northern lights that illuminated the night sky on Sunday.
Perfect weather conditions saw green, purple and pink colours appear in the skies as one of the best displays of the lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, were seen in many parts of Northern Ireland.
Ms O’Neill was at home in Castlerock when her partner Al Mennie spotted the light phenomenon. Within minutes, the couple were rushing down to the nearby beach to take in in all.
“It was spectacular and very unexpected,” she said.
“We quickly headed down to Castlerock beach, which is literally on our doorstep, and we could see it so clearly.
“There was no-one else there watching, a few people about walking their dogs, but hadn’t even seemed to notice.
“But it was very obvious in the sky. It appeared to move and dance in the sky, it was an arc shape at one stage, it kept changing.
“I just took the photos with my iPhone as I wanted to capture it as it was. We stayed for ages, I’d say for an hour, and it got to the stage where we thought we have to get home, but it was still there in the sky. We were very spoiled to be able to get to see it.”
People living in Co Donegal and Co Sligo were also among the lucky ones to see the northern lights with hundreds of people gathering to watch the sky at Rosses Point.