|Lansdowne Road,- like the old neighbourhood!! :)|
Nothing compares to a good Irish breakfast of pancakes, blueberries and creme fraiche.
|View from the Gravity Room at top of Guinness Storehouse 360 ' views all the way to the harbour|
County Meath with Michael Gibbons, Archaeologist
Home of the great old chieftains who fought amongst themselves, betrayed, murdered and ruled until Patrick came. The old Druid High Priest warned the chief that he must get rid of these newcomers (the monks) or else their old and traditional ways and gods would be defeated. The chief didn't listen and Ireland was converted. The triple spiral of the old religion became the Trinity of the new. Many of the old celtic gods were transformed into or identified with the Christian Saints.
On the left of the photo is the lia fail or stone of destiny of Ireland where the High Kings were crowned. To the right is a gravestone commemorating the rebellion of 1798.
Irish history is a long list of calamities and defeats at the hands of the English but the Irish rise above it and write gloriously of it. Most rebels got their wish to die for Ireland, a large number of them in front of English firing squads but it is a tribute to the Irish nature to never give up and as tragic as the history is to be able to make a good story of it.
triple spiral at door of Newgrange tomb
whose mysteries remain unsolved. three side chambers surround the central high domed ceiling of the tomb. On one day of the year the winter solstice sun would slowly creep through the long entrance hallway and light up the interior which indicates it perhaps was also a ritual chamber as with the Maes Howe tomb on the Orkneys.
road to wicklow
(One of my favourite places)
the remote monastery and chapel of St. Kevin at Glendalough from the 6th century
the celtic cross with the pagan symbol of the sun incorporated into the Christian cross
In County Kerry a pilrimage
and now we sadly had to bid farewell to all for now and on to London and Paris for our last week of our journey