Glencolmcille Cross Pillar

Glencolmcille Turas Station 2, Co Donegal, Ireland
Glencolmcille Cross Pillar
The pillar is  inscribed on both sides – this is the east face

Donegal Abbey

Donegal Abbey
The ruins of Donegal Franciscan Abbey on the River Eske, Co Donegal, Ireland

Donegal Abbey

Scraghy Portal Tomb revisited

Scraghy Portal Tomb
Scraghy Portal Tomb, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Scraghy Portal Tomb

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Scraghy Standing Stone
The standing stone close to Scraghy Portal Tomb

Casheltown Wedge Tomb

Casheltown Wedge Tomb
The three Wedge Tombs at the overgrown Chasheltown site. The 2 stones in the foreground are part of a kerb that encircles the tombs

Casheltown Wedge Tomb

Casheltown Wedge Tomb
The largest of the Casheltown Wedge Tombs with the smallest just to the right

Casheltown Wedge Tomb
The overgrown site in colour

Casheltown Wedge Tomb
The smallest of the tombs

Kilcar old church

Kilcar old church and graveyard
Kilcar old church and graveyard, Co Donegal, Ireland

Kilcar old church and graveyard

Kilcar old church and graveyard - Bullaun stone
The bullaun stone that sits in the ruin of Kilcar old church

Kilcar old church and graveyard

Kilcar old church and graveyard

Kilcar old church and graveyard - Grave slabs
Two of the numerous grave slabs that lie in the graveyard

Kilcar old church and graveyard - Grave slabs

 

Kilcar old church - Cairn and Holy Well

The Cairn and Holy Well in a field next to Kilcar old church

Kilcar old church - Cairn and Holy Well

The holy well flows into a bullaun stone or rock-basin

Glenevin Waterfall

Glenevin Waterfall

Glenevin Waterfall
Glenevin Waterfall, Clonmany, Inishowen, Donegal, Ireland

Caves of Kesh

Caves of Kesh
Caves of Kesh, Keshcorran, Sligo, Ireland

Kesh Caves
In Irish mythology the caves of Kesh were believed to be an entrance to the the Otherworld. One story tells how, when on a hunt, Fionn mac Cumhaill, head of the Fianna, was put under enchantment by three witches along with a troop of his men. The witches were the daughters of Conaran of the supernatural race Tuatha de Danaan who ruled in the underworld of Keshcorran. As the witches prepared to kill their captives the last of the hunting party Goll mac Morna encounters them and in a hard fought engagement slices in half two witches then beheads them and gets the better of the third putting her into bondage. In exchange for her life she agrees to dissolve the enchantment on Fionn and his Fianna. Diarmuid and Gráinne are also said to have sought refuge in the caves as the lovers evade Fionn mac Cumhaill who Gráinne had been betrothed to. Another story tells how the high king of Ireland Cormac mac Airt was born at the foot of Keshcorran and reared by a she-wolf with her cubs in the caves.

Keshcorran

Caves of Kesh

Caves of Kesh

Caves of Kesh

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern 2017

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Last year I made a couple of Jack O’ Lanterns and kept them… they shriveled up and shrunk, that’s them beside the new one I made for Hallowe’en 2017. You can see how one of the shriveled ones looked originally here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2016/10/27/irish-jack-o-lantern/

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern