Ireland - Ancient Sites (cont.)
 
Left;  Paul stands in front of the magnificent St. Colman's Cathedral in the city of Cobh. It is a relatively new construction, completed in 1915 after 47 years of work! It represents the tradition of 1300 years of the Diocese of Cloyne. The clarion in the tower has 49 bells weighing a total of 25 tonnes!
Ardfert Cathedral located at the base of the Dingle Peninsula in the village of Ardfert. Parts of this Cathedral date back to the 12th Century and to St. Brendan the Navigator, who was born near by. Some believe that St. Brendan was the first European to discover North America in about 550 AD.
In addition to the primary building, there stands the remains of a Romanesque nave-and-chancel church, and a late Gothic Chapel.
Part of the south transept of the building has been restored and houses an exhibition of the history of the site.
The Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient burial site dating back to 2500 BC. Located in the high desolate area of the Burren. The remains of 16- 22 humans have been identified in the portico, mostly younger than 30 years of age. A number of grave goods were found in the tomb : a polished stone axe, two stone disc beads, a perforated bone pendant, part of a bone pin, two quartz crystals, flint and chert arrowheads and scrapers, and over 60 sherds of coarse pottery 
Kylemore Abbey, on the shores of Loch Kylemore, a lakeside castle, built by a Mitchell Henry for his wife in the period 1867-1871. The abbey is located in the Connemara area of Galway County.
It became an Abbey when Benedictine nuns fled Belgium during WW1 and sought refuge here. The nuns now run it as a girl's boarding school
Above Left;  Dunluce Castle, located on the north coast of Northern Ireland, just west of Giants Causeway. Originally constructed in the 14th Century, it has been the scene of many battles through the centuries. The picture on the left was taken from the landward side. The photo on the right was taken from down the coast and shows the size of the castle, built right to the edge of a cliff. In fact, one part of the castle once fell into the sea leaving 7 kitchen workers clinging to a corner of a room
An example of peat from a bog being harvested for use in heating and cooking.
The peat is scooped out in log like sections, piled and left to dry as in this photo. 
There are several peat-fueled power plants in Ireland, electrical power being produced using peat instead of coal or oil.
Above Left;  Our first B & B in Ireland, The Meeting of the Waters, a great first night in the country. What a combination! Great rooms, beautiful setting and a PUB on premises. The photo on the right is a view outside of our room, overlooking the place where the Avonbeg and Avonmore Rivers meet to form the Avoca River, hence the name. 
Above Right;  The location was immortalized almost 200 years ago by the poet, Thomas Moore. Here on a rustic seat, formed from the root of a tree, Moore is said to have written the words of the Irish Melody, "The Meeting of the Waters".
Places & Towns of Ireland
Above Left;  The main street of Avoca. Not a lot has changed here since the time when Gail and I visited the village in 1977. I had several trips to a mine nearby during this period, and Gail joined me on one trip. She set a record for spending in this tiny community, to the point that the Manager of the Mine suggested I "get her out of here, she is dangerous". 
Centre above;  A street scene in Cork City. This scene can be repeated many times over throughout Ireland. NO PARKING. A suggestion, bring along a GPS unit to help you find your way in and out of these narrow streets. 
Above Right;  A view from the balcony of our apartment in Cork City. The view overlooks the River Lee. This river was the waterway on which the boats transported gunpowder from the Ballincollig mill to the sea.
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