Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Fertility Stone, April Amadán Festival

For hundreds of years pagans have whorshipped the Brackloon Fertility stone, with people travelling miles to get a rub of the relic. Every year during the April Amadán Festival people dance naked around it at midnight.*
*Please note date of posting April 1st ;-)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Eclipse Ireland 2015 Macroom Cork

Thanks to the cloud cover no special glasses were required

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Spike Island Co Cork

Sitting in the middle of entrance to Cork waterway Spike Island had a colourfull past. It was settled as a monastic site, later it was developed as a fort , then it became a prison and now it serves as a tourist location during the summer 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lakes and River Shannon, North Roscommon

Lough Key
Lough Drumharlow
River Shannon

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Kilronan Mountain bog view, Co Rocsommon

On a clear summers day there are great views across several counties, even on a cloudy day there is still a nice view of the surrounding countryside. 
Lough Meelagh
 Looking east from mountain top

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Cilin/Lisheen Corofin Co Galway

A Cillin is a unconsecrated graveyard, some date back 1000 years and the tradition was adopted from pagan times. The graveyards were used for unbaptised children, suicides and murderers among others, this one is on a Lisheen which is the remains of an old ring settlement these were often used for burial

Friday, February 13, 2015

Connemara coast

Two shots taken along Connemara coast today, looking south towards Clare
Taken in Furbo
Taken in Spiddal 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

1916 Memorial Roscommon

Near Elphin this memorial to the Roscommon people who died in 1916.
 During the 1916 rising 1200 men and women armed with light arms held off 16000 English army with gunships and artillary for 6 days in Dublin, with smaller battles throughout the country.
All though badly supported, defeated and major leaders executed, it brought back the dream of independence. The war of Independence between 1919 - 1921 eventually led to Independence from England.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ross Castle revisited.

I was here before during October 2013 (to see click hereand the place has a lovely history.Ross Castle is the home of the O'Donoghue Clan and was built in the 15th and changed hands after the Desmond rebellion to the Brownes, the Earls of Killarney. It was the last Castle to fall to Cromwell during the Irish confederate wars when 4000 foot Soldiers, 200 horsemen marched on it and Artillary approached it from the lake. The Castle is open to the public as a museum with guided tours and no photos are allowed inside. 
The lake beside the castle is supposed to be haunted by the ghost of  O'Donoghue Ross, how watches over the castle and who can be seen on  certain days of the year.
Ross Castle with snow capped mountain in background
Feeding the Ducks
Lake and Mountains
River walk
Fishing boats abandoned for the winter
Some of the walk around the castle
A seat with a view

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hedge School with a view, Co Carlow

I came across this seat with a plaque on a quiet rural road in Co Carlow.
 In the 1690s in an attempt to Anglicise the Irish, the Penal Laws were enforced and part of those laws ment that no Catholics were allowed to educate their children or send them abroad for education. 
So teachers set up schools in hedgerows and disused farm buildings and educated  the children there. 
The view from the seat
 This is a depiction of a hedge school

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mount Falcon

I was lucky to stay in this beautiful hotel twice last year, the Mount Falcon (for more on hotel and its history click here) was originally built to gain a Women’s hand in marriage, just south of Ballina beside the the banks of the River Moy and set in lovely wooded walks and a stocked fish pond.
These two pics taken over the Christmas
In order to impress his bride 1871 Utred Knox commissioned the most fashionable architect in the British Isles at the time; James Franklin Fuller. James Fuller is the same architect who designed Kylemore Abbey, parts of Ashford Castle and Farmleigh House in The Phoenix Park. Mount Falcon is the only example of a private residence that James Franklin Fuller ever designed in Ireland.
They are now burried together in this lovely graveyard
The rest of these photos taken last May
Beside the graveyard you can explore a megalithic tomb
There is also 3km of lovely woodland trails to explore.