Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lake Isle of Innisfree, Mass Rocks and the last of Leitrim

It is not easy to see the island from this picture, I must try and get a better picture. But it was here on Lough Gill where Yeats visited as a child that he imagined his utopia.

"And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings"
Lake Isle of Innisfree, WB Yeats

Parks Castle on Lough Gill facing the Lake Isle of Innisfree, it was an overcast day and hard to see Yeats utopia and too miserable to get a decent shot.
A random shot of Leitrim, a lot of the area is wilderness and bad farming land, it was unusual to see the green in the foreground.
In the little valley in the foreground is a place where Catholics used to gather for Mass's during the 1700's. During the Reign of Cromwell it was illegal for Catholics to gather for Mass and the British authorities hired priest hunters to find priests that were holding services. Catholics used to take a stone from a church and put it in an isolated area and hold services at random times and days, notice was given by word of mouth among locals.

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