As the saying goes, it is an ill wind that blows no good, and in the case of Storm Brendan, the bad weather brought a bonus for big wave surfers in the northwest. 

Mullaghmore Head in north Sligo is a prime location for big waves in the aftermath of storms and at high tide today it drew expert surfers from as far away as Portugal, and plenty of spectators to watch them.

Tom Lowe, from Cornwall in England, was surfing in Nazare in Portugal and dropped all to travel to Sligo when he heard the surf was up in Mullaghmore.

He joined other surfers who were towed into, or in Tom's case, paddled into waves up to eight metres high.

Mr Lowe said he has travelled from Hawaii to Mullaghmore in the past to surf and he believes it has the best waves in the world.

However it is not for the faint-hearted or inexperienced surfer.

Those who tackle the big waves at Mullaghmore are either professional or highly experienced surfers who take particular safety precautions.