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Ireland 2011

jabeaujo

My favorite photos from my trip to Ireland 2011

Updated: Jul 07, 2011 11:32am PST

Beacon Head Tower : The Baltimore Beacon is a white-painted stone beacon at the entrance to the harbour at Baltimore, County Cork, Ireland. The beacon was built at the order of the British government following the 1798 Rebellion. It was part of a series of lighthouses and beacons dotted around the Irish coast, forming a warning system.
The beacon is locally known as "Lot's Wife", after the biblical woman turned into a pillar of salt.

Beacon Head Tower

jabeaujo

The Baltimore Beacon is a white-painted stone beacon at the entrance t ...

Updated: Jul 06, 2011 9:49am PST

Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork, Ireland : It is natural to think of Stone Circles belonging to Stone Age culture but in fact, most Stone Circles belong to the Bronze Age. The Drombeg Stone Circle described here actually dates to the start of the Iron Age, around 153BC to 120AD.

While in size, the Drombeg Stones do not come close to competing with Stonehenge in England, they are the best example of a Stone Circle one can find in the County of Cork. The circle is approximately 30 feet in diameter with its longest stone topping out at just slightly over 7 feet in height.
 
According to the plaque located at this site, there are 17 standing stones in the circle. Other's report only 13 of the original stones are present. One of the stones lies on its side, if I understand properly; this stone is the axial stone. The two tallest stones, standing side by side, are known as the Portal Stones. 

During the winter solstice, if one stood between the two tallest stones he/she would see the sun setting on the horizon exactly at the center of the axial stone.
Just a few feet away from the Stone circle are the ruins of two joined round huts built sometime between the 2nd and 4th century. Also on this site is a Fulacht Fiadh ,a cooking hearth (dated between the 4th -7th century), containing a stone trough where hot stones were used to boil water.
 
The presents of the round huts and Fulacht Fiadh suggest this site was inhabited, at least seasonally, from the birth of Christ to the start of the 7th Century. Exactly what meaning the Stone Circles had for the populous of this period is open to speculation. Was the Stone Circle simply a calendar device or did it have spiritual significants for its creators and the people that came after them?

Drombeg Stone Circle, County Cork, Ir...

jabeaujo

It is natural to think of Stone Circles belonging to Stone Age culture ...

Updated: Jul 01, 2011 6:15pm PST

Mizen Head Irish Light Signal Station : In the Readers Digest Top 100 "Amazing Places of Britain and Ireland".

The Mizen Head Fog Signal Station was built in 1909 to help prevent the loss of life and shipping on the rocks.  At the end of the Mizen Peninsula, the cliffs of Mizen Head rise high above the Atlantic Ocean, where the currents meet from the west and south coasts and waves from the mid-Atlantic crash into the land.
The Signal Station is full of maps, radio equipment, and weather forecasting data collected by the keepers. It conveys an accurate sense of the actual daily lives of the men. 

THE new Mizen Head footbridge, which spans a dramatic gorge at the tip of the scenic west Cork peninsula, was officially reopened March 17, 2011 following a complete reconstruction programme. 

At 52 metres, it was the longest concrete arch bridge in the world when built in 1909. 

The original bridge spanned the 47-metre deep gorge connecting the mainland to Cloghane Island and was subject to severe Atlantic weather for more than 100 years. 

The elements eventually took their toll on the structure, which is part of the Mizen Head Signal Station visitor centre, and it was decided to completely rebuild the bridge to its original design. It was originally used to provide access for Commissioners of Irish Lights staff to the fog signal station at Mizen Head.

Mizen Head Irish Light Signal Station

jabeaujo

In the Readers Digest Top 100 "Amazing Places of Britain and Ireland". ...

Updated: Jul 01, 2011 3:02pm PST

Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland : DUNGARVAN IRELAND 

Dungarvan is a thriving seaside market town nestled beneath the Comeragh mountains of County Waterford Ireland. 

Strategically located on the South East coast of Ireland and overlooking beautiful Dungarvan Bay, the town has a population of more than 8,000 people. Another twenty thousand live in Dungarvan's hinterland of prosperous farms and villages, and these people also shop, work and socialise in Dungarvan Town which is the administrative headquarters for County Waterford.

Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland

jabeaujo

DUNGARVAN IRELAND Dungarvan is a thriving seaside market town nest ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2011 7:05pm PST

Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland : In 1601, Kinsale was the site of a battle in which English forces defeated an Irish/Spanish force, led by the princes Hugh Roe O'Donnell and Hugh O'Neill.[7] Following this battle the Flight of the Earls occurred in which a number of the native Irish aristocrats, including the Earls of Tyrone and Tir Conaill abandoned their lands and fled to mainland Europe.


On the quayside at Kinsale
In 1690, James II of England and Ireland, following his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne, departed to France.
Charles Fort, located at Summer Cove and dating from 1677, is a fortification that guards the entrance to Kinsale harbour. It was built to protect the area and specifically the harbour from use by the French and Spanish in the event of a landing in Ireland.

Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

jabeaujo

In 1601, Kinsale was the site of a battle in which English forces defe ...

Updated: Jun 27, 2011 11:23am PST

Dunguaire Castle Co Galway Ireland : Dunguaire Castle (Irish: Dún Guaire) is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay in County Galway, Ireland, near Kinvarra. The castle's 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored to excellent condition, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer. It is thought to be the most photographed castle in Ireland.
The castle was built by the Hynes clan in 1520, a family who may have been associated with the area since 662, when the site is believed to have once been the royal palace of Guaire Aidne mac Colmáin, the legendary king of Connacht and progenitor of the clan. Dunguaire Castle was transferred in the 17th century to Oliver Martin, (father of Richard Martin fitz Oliver). It remained in his family until it was purchased in the early 20th century by the surgeon and poet Oliver St. John Gogarty. Gogarty began restoring the castle and established it as the meeting place for the leading figures of the Celtic Revival, such as W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Augusta, Lady Gregory, and John Millington Synge.
The castle was acquired in 1954 by Christobel Lady Ampthill, who completed the restoration work started by Gogarty. It was later purchased by Shannon Development, an Irish corporation that manages numerous historic tourist attractions in Ireland. During the summer months when Dunguaire Castle is open to the public, a Medieval Banquet is held every night with costumed performers who recite Irish literature and play traditional Irish music.
Dunguaire Castle was used as a filming location for the Scottish castle home of the main character in the 1979 film North Sea Hijack.
Part of the lore about Dunguaire's Castle is that the Lord of the castle was very generous and he continued this generosity into the afterlife. Today, if a person stands at the front gate and asks a question, they will have an answer to their question by the end of the day.

Dunguaire Castle Co Galway Ireland

jabeaujo

Dunguaire Castle (Irish: Dún Guaire) is a 16th-century tower house on ...

Updated: Jun 26, 2011 4:56pm PST

Killarney Natl Park, Ireland : May 2011

Killarney Natl Park, Ireland

jabeaujo

May 2011

Updated: Jun 26, 2011 12:41pm PST

Colligan Woods and River : Colligan Woods and River are located about 5 miles from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, just off the Dungarvan to Clonmel road. These photos were taken in early October 2009

Colligan Woods and River

Damien Jackson

Colligan Woods and River are located about 5 miles from Dungarvan, Co. ...

Updated: Dec 09, 2010 9:32am PST

IRELAND : Our visit to the Emerald Isle February 2008

IRELAND

cherylspearls

Our visit to the Emerald Isle February 2008

Updated: Aug 27, 2010 6:55am PST