Friday, July 31, 2009
Kinvara (Cinn Mhara)"head of the sea", on the west coast of Ireland on the edge of the Burren. Kinvara was the stronghold of the O'Hynes from the 600's onwards and it also had a residence/stronghold of the King of Connaught Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin. On the edge of the town there is a little inlet with the remains of Dun Guariagh "Guaire's Stronghold". He lost a major battle to the King of Munster for the lands at Thomond in Limerick, after a curse was put on him before battle. He came to a truce with the King of Munster and was known for his acts of charity.
Further along is Dunguaire Castle which takes its name from the older Dun Guariagh. built in 1520 by the O'Hynes Clan it has a 75 foot tower and defensive walls. It was purchased after the turn of the 20th century by Oliver St John Gogarty poet and he restored it. It became the meeting place of the Celtic revival group who's member included W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and John Millington Synge.
The Castle was bought by Shannon Development in 1954 and is open to the public during the Summer month's with a Medieval Banquet every night, where costumed performers sing and recite traditional music and verse.More shots of Dun Guariagh, some with the Kinvara in the background.
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Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have posted pictures of the Gatehouse (click here) before, this is Woodlawn Big House. It was built in the 1800's after Frederich Trench was rewarded with a peerage for voting in support of the 'Act of Union' 1800 where Ireland became part of Great Britain ( a boring fact is that the British flag was changed to reflect this and still has the Irish St. Patrick Cross) . Frederich Trench became Lord Ashtown ,The house was sold in the 1950's after the then Lord Ashtown was bankrupt, it was sold to the Le Poer Trench's, but was sold on again after one of them committed suicide on the grounds in 1978. It fell into disrepair with a lot of the fireplaces etc 'dissapearing', but it was sold recently and there are various rumours as to its plans for the future. Other bits of boring trivia is there are 365 windows in the house and its one of Irelands most "Haunted" houses.
I was not sure what this structure was as it looks like an observatory but could have be something else completely, a cold house etc.
Posted by Paz at 7:31 PM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Loughrea town takes its name from the lake which is 'Grey Lake', though people from there say its speckled lake as its similar in Irish. I was more interested in the cloud/light and reflections on the water than getting much landscape shots, anyway there are better shots further along the lake, which I did not have time for today. If you look closely on some of the shots you'll see a mound on the lake, someone has planted a Galway flag on the little mound.
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Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I have photographed the gatehouse before, but lately the tower and gateway have been cleared and tidied up a walkway put in. These are part of Woodlawn house estate, built in the late 18th century by the Ashton family, they were peers and were important enough to get the Dublin Galway railway to pass through their land. they owned 8300 acres in Galway, part of their total 25ooo plus land holdings
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Some of wild flowers and bushes with remains of forestry in background Bog Landscape Turf, the peat in the Bog is harvested by cutting into Sods, after it starts to dry its 'footed', ie lifted off the ground so that air can pass through. Once dry its brought home for fuel.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
This is what remains of Kiltullagh big house and was the home of the D'arcys a descendant of the D'arcy's of the 14 tribes of Galway city. click on the comments link to see a comment from a D'Arcy A view out the upstairs windows, the mountains in the background are the Derrybrian.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Today I traveled thro Clare from the Shannon Estuary in the south to the Burren in the north (see here and here for more detail on Burren) Shannon Estuary
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