Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Sunday, February 15, 2015
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
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Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
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.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
I was here before during October 2013 (to see click here) and 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
Fishing boats abandoned for the winter
Some of the walk around the castle
A seat with a view
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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 PENAL TIMES
A HEDGE SCHOOL
LOCATED IN THIS
|The view from the seat|
This is a depiction of a hedge school
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Thursday, January 22, 2015
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
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