Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dunguaire Castle

"Dunguaire Castle (Irish: Dún Guaire) is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvara (also spelled Kinvarra). The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht. The castle's 75-foot (23 m) tower and its defensive wall have been restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer" (Wikipedia).

Saturday, August 19, 2017


I started seeing these signs everywhere I went in Ireland and, for a while, I had no earthly idea what they were about. We call this operation "booting" where I come from. :-) 

Friday, August 18, 2017

European Stonechat

As I took a stroll down Galway's promenade, near the end where people traditionally "kick the wall" for good luck, I was joined by this charming stonechat. I did kick the wall, by the way, and I guess you could say my having the chance to photograph this little guy was very good luck indeed. :-)

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Cong, I discovered, is a village straddling the borders of County Galway and County Mayo in Ireland and is . . .

located on an island formed by a number of streams surrounding it on all sides. It's also where The Quiet Man was filmed in 1951, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, although I confess I've never seen the movie. Have you?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


"The Celtic cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland and Britain in the Early Middle Ages. A type of ringed cross, it became widespread through its use in the stone high crosses erected across the islands, especially in regions evangelized by Irish missionaries, from the 9th through the 12th centuries.

A staple of Insular art, the Celtic cross is essentially a Latin cross with a nimbus surrounding the intersection of the arms and stem. Scholars have debated its exact origins, but it is related to earlier crosses featuring rings. The form gained new popularity during the Celtic Revival of the 19th century; the name "Celtic cross" is a convention dating from that time. The shape, usually decorated with interlace and other motifs from Insular art, became popular for funerary monuments and other uses, and has remained so, spreading well beyond Ireland" (Wikipedia).

Cong Abbey, Ireland

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


"Admire well-preserved ecclesiastical ruins while following in the footsteps of ancient monks at Cong Abbey. Established in 1120 as an abbey for the Order of St. Augustine, Cong Abbey sits on the site of a 7th-century monastery. At its peak, the abbey was home to a remarkable 3,000 cenobite monks. It was left to decay during the reign of Henry VIII and later brought back to its former splendor by Irish philanthropist Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness.

The abbey is celebrated for its showcase of early architecture. Stroll along the paths that weave around the cloisters, chapter house, church and lush gardens. Spot Gothic-style windows, Romanesque doorways and medieval arches. See arcades, colonnades, freestanding columns and intricately carved capitals" (