This is better than a walking tour

This post is better than a walking tour. Unless you like to actually see things for


yourself, which I do. What this post has going for it is that you can be anywhere while you consume it’s Writers Guild Award worthy content, see sights you have never before seen (and actually can’t currently see the majority of these in the same circumstances you find them below unless you have the ability to travel through time in which case you may find yourself somewhere before I wrote this and therefore can’t enjoy it anyway), and learn impressive facts you can drop during small talk.

Now to the point of the matter. I have never been to Ireland. This is most unfortunate as it is the isle from which my ancestors hale and we have such a beautiful castle there. I really must schedule a trip in my G-350 at the soonest available moment.

To stay my wanderlust until then there is a myriad of photographs of the emerald isle. The number of ancient structures that litter the countryside seem otherworldly to the American. The difference between a civilization of 200 years compared to that of 2,600 years being plainly evident. The series of photographs below are from the 19th century and focus on monastic and church structures.

Chapel Royal, interior, Dublin Castle
Detached head, possibly of High Cross
Muckross Abbey exterior and interior, Killarney, Kerry
Muckross Abbey exterior and interior, Killarney, Kerry
Abbey Long shot, across river, abbey on far side, Holy Cross, Tipperary
St Canices Cathedral interior, Kilkenny, Kilkenny
Ruined ecclesiastical interior
Church ruins with pointed arches and 3 light window adjoining maintained, or possibly modern, square tower, glazed windows
Monastic ruin, wide square central tower, window of 6 lights pointed arch
Monastic ruin pointed arches, remains of square central tower, 4 light window

And there is more. 8 facts about Ireland you would not know (unless you made a horrendous error by navigating away from this blog and researching for yourself):

1. There are no snake species native to Ireland

2. Ireland’s geographic coordinates are 53 00 N, 8 00 W, slightly west of the United Kingdom.

3. Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600-150 B.C

4. Current date population is 4.7 million

5. The capital is Dublin with a population of 1 million

6. Official languages: English (the language generally used) and Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge, spoken mainly in areas along the western coast)

7. Ireland’s constitution was adopted on July 1, 1937

8. Northern Ireland remains a part of the United Kingdom, a remnant of the British invasions beginning in the 12th century.


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