time in Ireland was done and we had to start moving toward
Dublin and our plane flight home. Our schedule called for
a full day to get us from Glasha to Dublin, but the trip was
only a couple of hours. So, having some time to burn, we
chose an attraction that was close to our travel path and set
The photos below are what we saw.
our host at Glasha, was nice enough to take a photo of us at our
the M8 highway we spotted a helicopter that was being used for
power line inspection. It was flying only a few feet above
the power lines.
portion of the Rock of Cashel was undergoing conservation.
The original structures were started in the 9th century and were
improved for the next 500 years.
a big structure positioned on the largest rock outcropping in
lower portion of the castle yard we could see nearby structures
that were decaying.
castle grounds provided a majestic view of the surrounding Irish
portions of the castle had collapsed.
portions of the walls that had collapsed had been removed except
for the large chunk in the foreground.
was displaced by a very large storm that hit the area in the early
1900s. It must have been a hell of a storm to have winds
strong enough to dislodge this much rock.
of the older arches were not made of cut stone but with rubble.
inner arches were quite grand. The castle was co-opted by
the church and was later enhanced with chapels and other
original tower was built solely for defensive purposes.
buttresses on this wall were huge.
portion of the castle was clearly part of a church.
internal rubble filling of these upper walls.
wall was hollow as it had passageways as part of the defensive
churches of this era had graveyards associated with them.
This was no exception.
the headstones were large, and some were in very good repair.
monuments had badly suffered under the passage of time and
inner portion of one of the chapels it was possible to still see
some of the frescoes on the ceilings.
chapel is being conserved and is in a sealed room. Note
the heads on the ceiling.
carved heads are somewhat odd, but may have been images of the
craftsmen who built the chapel.
heads are more like gargoyles. Note the reptile head on
opposite side was dissimilar in style, but also had a reptile
head; perhaps an alligator but they are not native to Ireland.
The tower building
was visible from the high arch.
The roof of the high
arch had brick as part of the construction.
The roof had
collapsed here but when it was intact it must have been a
Side chapels had
One of the other
buildings had been converted into a museum and held some of
the more precious artifacts and carvings. This is a
tapestry from this period, but surely not original from Rock
This carving is a
This is the original
Celtic Cross that was on this site, now inside a protected
area. The cross has weathered badly and major portions
have fallen off or eroded.
carving rescued from the elements.
This was cut from one
of the interior walls of the castle, now housed in the musem.
Note the date on the
bottom of the crest: 1639.
The hotel was a nice
place catering mainly to golfers since there is a golf course
on site. We chose it because it was on the water and
within a close drive to the airport.
We went for a walk on
the beach and discovered this interesting monument.
Looking south we
could see a small island off the shore as well as a coastal
part of Dublin in the distance at the base of the hills.
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