Isle of Man - 2004 (cont.)
Above Left;  The house were Ned Devine died and set off the events from the great movie, "The Waking of Ned Devine", all filmed on the Isle of Man. The cottage is on the west coast of the island at Niarbyl, a Manx Heritage Site.

Above Right;  Castle Rushen, one of Europe's best preserved medieval castles, parts of which date back to 1265 and the death of the last Viking King of the island, Magnus. What a great castle visit.
Above Left;  Rushen Abbey, first founded in 1134 by Olaf, King of Man and the Isles, and last used as an abbey in 1540! Falling in to disrepair and threatened by development, it became a heritage site in 1998 and reopened to the public in 2000 after excavation and repair.

Above Right;  Gail, Tracy and Paul stand in front of Derby Fort on the south east end of the island. The fort area has been a strong point militarily since prior to Viking days. The fort above was first worked on in 1540. A circular fort with gun ports protruding in all directions.
Above Left;  During WW2, there was a fighter and bomber base as well as a POW camp at Jurby in the north of the island. Paul stands on a bunker designed to protect the airfield. The graveyards in the area have the graves of many servicemen who died as a result of wounds suffered in the air.

Above Right;  Peel Castle, a great old castle in the town of Peel, where my grandfather James B. Smith was born in 1875. It is a huge construction developed over many centuries from prior to Viking times. First Christian monks used it as a sanctuary from Viking raids over 1,000 years ago.
The village of Creagneash, reconstructed to illustrate Manx life centuries ago, and used to film Ned Devine. It is located on the south end of the island near the Calf of Man.

Alas, the weather was not always kind to us as can be realized from the above photo, taken on the "beach" on the north end of the island at Point of Ayre. A beacon light can be seen just over Gail's shoulder, and to the left the top of the lighthouse. Do the words "driving rain" mean anything to you?
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