Monday, February 13, 2012

Day 24-- Wild Wicklow


 The day began with a very pretty morning in Dublin Bay
 Famous Bridge in a movie... I'll let you know which one after someone gets it right on facebook.

It has correctly been identified as the bridge in PS I Love You!! Way to go Megan Allison!!
 Wicklow-- Not much history here just nice scenery
 St. Kevin's Cross-- Made of solid granite- helped to incorporate Pagan and early Christianity. The Cross for Christianity and the circle in the center to represent the light of God but also represented the Sun God of the Pagans
 Cool angle of the St. Kevin Cross
Glen-Valley; Da- 2; Lough- Lake; literally means Valley between the two lakes

This is the area where St. Kevin moved to, so he could dedicate his life to God (aka he was a hermit). This is a picture of the Upper lake
 Lone tree- nothing significant just a cool shot 
 One of the older headstones at Glendalough
 Playing with the shutter speeds of my awesome camera, Passnabourn Waterfall in Glendalough
Passnabourn Waterfall in Glendalough

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Day 16 Co Clare

 Paulnabrone is a Portal Tomb and literally translated means "Hollow of Souls" and is dated to have been constructed around 2500 BC. Their is a hollow in between the vertical stones that held over 25 human remains the majority under the age of 40. 
 High Cross that stands over 7 ft tall.
 Cliffs of Moher
 Cliffs of Moher
 Burren on the edge of the Atlantic

Cattle grazing on the Burren-- I think that the goats would love it!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Day 15 Connamara and Cong

 In 1952 The Quiet Man Film was shot in the small village of Cong in Co. Galway. It starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, it was one of the first times that a major Hollywood production was filmed in Ireland, and this has brought much fame and many tourists to the town of Cong.
 This is one of the oldest high crosses in Ireland it was made in 1350 and is in the village of Cong.
 This is Kylemore Castle, it was built in 1849 right after the end of the potato famine. It was built by Mitchell Henry who was a doctor in Manchester. He and his wife fell in love with this region when they were on their honeymoon.
 The Henry family consisted of Mitchell and Margaret Henry and nine children. One of the children became sick and the doctors recommended they he be relocated to a drier climate, so the family moved to Egypt. It was in Egypt that Margaret fell ill with Nile fever and died. After his wife's death Mitchell moved back to Kylemore to construct a miniature Gothic Cathedral picture left. "Ireland's best" is feature inside this beautiful church, sandstone from the southern coast, green marble from the local Connamara quarries, Rose marble from Cork, Black marble from Kilkenny, and Grey marble from Armagh. 

After Margaret died Mitchell decided to relocate back to Manchester and sold the entire estate to the Duke and Duchess of  Manchester. The Duke was a big gambler and reportedly lost the estate on a bad hand of cards. The bank finally obtained the castle and it fell into disrepair. In 1920 the Irish Benedictine Nuns purchased the estate which by then covered 10,000 acres and converted it into an abbey.  The sisters were refugees from Ypres, Flanders and were forced to flee their monastery during the 1914 German bombardment of World War 1.  The sisters opened an international girls' boarding school in the Abbey that was operational until June 2010.

 Window of the garden looking out at the boats and lane to the shore.

The Walled Garden is over six acres in size and is separated into two sections the formal floral and then the kitchen or practical. The picture to the left is of the Formal Floral side.

Cool shot from the border of the Formal side