Amazing that things can be just left as they are here for all to freely visit, not locked up in a museum disconnected from the surroundings that give it meaning and life. And that is As it should be. Here in the yard of #kilmalkedarchurch are an ancient sundial, an ogham stone probably some sort of signed contract, an alphabet stone with the Roman letters carved on it, used most likely to teach children to read. To the right of the church is a mass grave from the Great Hunger, as the Irish call the years we know as the Potato Famine. Thousands died of starvation wiping out entire villages. Mass unmarked graves are all up and down the coast from that terrible time.
This monastic village was established in the 600s with the arrival of Saint Brendan and Saint Maolcethaire and many other monks who came to this remote region...the farthest tip of Europe jutting out into the cold Atlantic. Behind this church is Brendan’s house, and a path called the Way of the Saints that leads up Brendan’s mountain. .
This was a small cave that I found over in Ireland in the countryside. I miss it all
1 1812 July, 2016
Today's my last day in Ireland, what a time it's been... Now comes the 8 hour flight back to the states followed by the two hour drive home 😰
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This small waterfall isn't too far from Blarney Castle, which I went to visit. I did kiss the Blarney Stone by the way, it was sort of anticlimactic but fun nonetheless.
1 1513 June, 2016
Here's a small chapel that is now in ruins. I love it how the Irish build their structures to last, and if they are not used they are left to be reclaimed by nature. This isn't too far from Kinsale as well, it's closer to Cork.