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Thursday, August 26, 2010

More Ireland



One of the wonderful things about Ireland is how medieval or prehistoric monuments are just around.  For some there's little more than a small sign saying what the monument is and a fence to keep the sheep out.


The first one is Kells Priory, which I've mentioned before, but simply had to write about again because it's so striking.  This enormous medieval ruin sits at the bottom of a grassy hill and there's nobody there.  Seriously.  When we visited, it we were the only tourists there and only when we were leaving did we run into some tourists who were just arriving.




















This second photo is of Jerpoint Abbey, which is also astounding and beautiful, though a little more touristy than Kells Priory--I mean, it actually has a visitor center instead of a sheep gate at the entrance.

The last photo is of one of the Ahenny High Crosses, which date back to the 8th and 9th centuries.

These pictures don't do any of these places justice, but they may give you a taste of how beautiful Ireland is.  Now I understand why faeries came from this part of the world: when you're in a place that's so mysterious and misty and green, you can't help but see sprites and pixies everywhere.

6 comments:

Ghenet said...

Very pretty! Welcome back :)

Merrilee said...

Wow. One day we'll go there and battle the sheep to see these amazing ruins :)

Shaddy said...

I have a friend who has traveled to Ireland countless times. Now I can understand why.

Thanks for sharing the sights.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

I want to go there!

Kerryn Angell said...

I've marked them all as must-see! We just got back from North Wales and it's just gorgeous. A lot like New Zealand with the countryside so it made me miss home but I can't wait to explore more history.

Janice said...

Your never appreciate the things that are in your own backyard. We’re moving to NY next year – hubby is from Long Island - and we plan to bring our toddler to visit all of these places before we leave. Did you visit New Grange? If ever there was a magical place...

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