Friday, March 30, 2012

Skryne Church, Co Meath

On top Skryne hill overlooking Tara with its tower that can be see for miles is the remains of this Church that today dates back to the 15th Century, though there are parts of the building dating back to the 14th Century.
The shrine and relics of Saint Colmcille (aka St. Columba) were moved to this site in 875 for safe keeping, this is how the place gots its name derived from the Iris Scran Choluim Chille. Though this was not too successfull as the site was raideed several times in the 10th and 12th Centuries(They later managed to recover the shrine).

Inside the gate is the weathered 16th Century tombstone of the Marward family the barons of Skryne.
Close up of the coat of arms on the tombstone.
Carving of a 14th century bishop over one of the doors.
View through a window on stairway.
Doorway to stairway
Stone babtismal font and carved tomb slab to the right of it inside the tower.
Carved medieval stone cross in the graveyard.
Some of the old tombs in the graveyard

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

 Newgrange in the distance across the Boyne for more pictures that I tool before and the history click here
Another passage grave on the banks of the Boyne with Newgrange in the distance

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bective Abbey Co Meath

 Bective Abbey was built in the 1100's by the King of Meath and it was rebuilt again in the 1200's. It does not get many visitors as it does not have the history of other sites in the Meath area ie Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth, Tara (pics coming soon), Trim, the list goes on and on.
Cloisters, in the second one you can see the all that remains of the carving detail in the Cloisters.

Postbox Dunderry Co Meath

Another postbox on a pillar non a cross roads, this one in Dunderry Co Meath. for more click here

Monday, March 26, 2012

Moon Sculpture at Sunsrise

This Roadside sculpture west of Kinnegad depicts the phases of the moon. I had meant to get a picture of it at night with a full moon, but the conditions were never right. But I think this works

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Barnsmore Gap Donegal

 Just had time for two quick shots of the gap, sorry that the second one has electrical wires

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.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St Patricks day

Today wishing you all the best when half the world becomes a little Irish.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Postbox Edenderry

Another postbox in a random area (for more click here), this is another one in use and I have proof.
This one is another dating back to British rule, this from King Georges rule.
This still has the original key that offers the reward for the sum of 2 Shillins and 6 Pence if handed into the Police.
And from the Freestate the same reward when handed into the Gárda (Irish for police)
And the Postman opens it!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

'Lovely' Leitrim

Leitim is Irelands least populated area, during the winter and spring its quite a desolate area with little colour and abandoned houses.
Behind one of the abandoned houses was one of the few bits of green, with some gold for good measure.