Postcard from Ireland: Claregalway Friary
Apr06

Postcard from Ireland: Claregalway Friary

Claregalway is a small town, 10 miles north of Galway city and is home to the ruins of Claregalway friary. The Claregalway Friary is a medieval Franciscan abbey and can be seen from the main road through Claregalway. Today, the abbey buildings and grounds are open to the public free of charge. The burial grounds surrounding the building are maintained and still in use. Submitted by Patrick Dinneen – www.photoblog.ie The Irish Fireside...

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The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross
Feb03

The History and Symbolism of the Celtic Cross

Celtic Crosses dot hundreds of cemeteries across Ireland and Scotland, as well as Wales, England, Europe, and beyond. Few symbols are as recognizable as the Celtic Cross as the embodiment of Celtic Christianity. It is popularly believed that St. Patrick introduced the Celtic Cross in Ireland, during his conversion of the kings from paganism to Christianity. Some also believe it was St. Columba or St. Declan who introduced it. Other...

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Postcard from Ireland: Saint Mullins, County Carlow.
Aug01

Postcard from Ireland: Saint Mullins, County Carlow.

This stretch of the River Barrow is steeped in legend and has been settled for millennia. The place name in Irish is Tighe Moling, the House of Moling. Saint Mullins is the location of a monastic site built by St. Moling. He was born in 614 AD and during his lifetime he became a poet, artist and craftsman as well as a priest. Under the patronage of Mae doc ( Aidan ) of Ferns he built his monastery in St. Mullins in the 7th century. He...

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Postcard From Ireland: Castlewellan Castle
Jun29

Postcard From Ireland: Castlewellan Castle

  Built by the 4th Earl Annesly in the Scottish Baronial style in 1856 Castlewellan Castle  is located in a large  forest park and is framed by the Mountains of Mourne.  Below the castle is a scenic lake. The estate includes the lovely, walled Annesly Gardens. The castle is currently used as a Christian Conference Center. Forest walks, a three-acre peace maze, ponds and fishing on the lake make it a center of activity for the...

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Postcard from Ireland: Monasterboice
May23

Postcard from Ireland: Monasterboice

  North of Drogheda is the early Christian settlement of Monastboice. The round tower is 35m (114.9ft) high. This place is most famous for it’s 3 high crosses, with Muiredach’s High Cross the most intact and possibly the finest high cross in Ireland. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muiredach%27s_High_Cross We stopped by one afternoon while in the area for a picnic in the carpark and a poke around the cemetery/monastic...

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Postcard from Ireland: Kells Priory, County Kilkenny
May12

Postcard from Ireland: Kells Priory, County Kilkenny

In September 2011, we visited Ireland on our honeymoon. Every place we went to was more beautiful than the next and the people in all parts of Ireland were simply amazing. During our travels we had the pleasure of staying at the Lawcus Farm Guesthouse in Kilkenny, Stoneyford Co. The owners, Mark and Anne-Marie Fisher, told us of a Priory that was nearby. We took the short drive from their Bed & Breakfast and came across beautiful...

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