Robertstown Cross

Robertstown Cross

Robertstown Graveyard Gate, Co Meath, Ireland

Robertstown Cross
Robertstown Cross at the bottom of the lane to the graveyard

St Ciaran’s Well

Bridge to the well
St Ciaran’s Well, Castlekeeran, Co Meath, Ireland – the bridge to the well

St Ciaran's Well
St Ciaran’s Well – rag tree at the well

St Ciaran's Well
Water flows through the natural rock formations

St Ciaran's Shrine
St Ciaran’s Shrine

Kilmainhamwood Holed Stone

Kilmainhamwood Holed Stone
Kilmainhamwood Holed Stone, Co Meath, Ireland

Kilmainhamwood Holed Stone
The holed stone has a worn carved cross on this side not visible due to the back lighting.  The carved cross may have been added at a later date to Christianise the megalith and site.

Font
Font located by the graveyard gate

Grave slab
One of the grave slabs depicting a man and a women

Fourknocks Passage Tomb

Fourknocks Passage Tomb, Co Meath, Ireland
Fourknocks
The decorated lintel stone on the right  as you enter the chamber

Fourknocks Passage Tomb
The decorated lintel over the right chamber

Fourknocks Passage Tomb
The decorated lintel over the central chamber

Fourknocks Passage Tomb
The entrance to Fourknocks Passage Tomb

Fourknocks Passage Tomb

The central chamber

Fourknocks Passage Tomb

The right chamber

Fourknocks Passage Tomb

One of the decorated stones

Castlekeeran

Castlekeeran – Three High Crosses, Ogham Stone and Cross Slab

Castlekeeran - the West Cross
The West Cross

Castlekeeran - the South Cross
The South Cross

Castlekeeran - the North Cross
The North Cross

 Castlekeeran Ogham Stone
The Ogham Stone

 Castlekeeran Cross Slab
The Cross Slab

Ogham Stone 2
The Ogham Stone inscription reads COVAGNI MAQI MUCOLI LUGINI, translated as “Cuana son of the people of Luigni” (Wikipedia)

Loughcrew Megalithic Complex – Carnbane West

Cairn L
Cairn L, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex – Carnbane West, Co Meath, Ireland

Carnbane West
The kerb of Cairn L with Cairn H in the middle ground and cairns F and G on the horizon

Cairn H
Cairn H

 The entrance to Cairn H
The entrance to Cairn H


Cairn H

Cairn L from the south west
Cairn L from the south west

Cairn D
Cairn D

Cairn F with Cairn D
Cairn F with Cairn D in the background

Cairn I With Cairn T on the horizon
Cairn I With Cairn T on the horizon

Cairn I
Cairn I

Loughcrew Megalithic Complex – Carnbane East

Cairn S with Cairn T in the background
Loughcrew Megalithic Complex – Carnbane East, Co Meath, Ireland

The Hag's Chair, Cairn T
The Hag’s Chair at Cairn T

The Hag's Chair on Sliabh na Cailleach
The Hag’s Chair on Sliabh na Cailleach, the Mountains of the Hag (Witch)

Detail of the Hag's Chair
Detail of Cross inscribed into the Hag’s Chair

Cairn V
Cairn V, Carnbane East

Cairn T from Cairn V
Cairn T viewed from Cairn V, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex, Carnbane East

Cairn V and Cairn T
Another view from Cairn V of Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Cairn S
Cairn S

The Equinox Stone, Cairn T
The Equinox Stone in the chamber of Cairn T which is illuminated by the sun at sunrise on the Spring and Autumnal Equinoxes

Cairn T passage
Cairn T passage to chamber

Loughcrew decorated stone - rock art
Loughcrew decorated stone – rock art

Cairn T decorated stone
The “energy” seeming to emanate from this stone is coincidental internal camera flare

Cairn T and Cairn S
Cairn T with Cairn S in the foreground

Kells Monastic Site

Kells (Ceanannas Mór) monastery was founded in 554AD by St Columba (St Colmcille).
Kells High Cross
Kells High Cross – The East Cross,  east face

Kells High Cross and Round Tower
Kells High Cross and Round Tower

Kells High Round Tower
Kells Round Tower, 10th century

Kells High Cross - Cross of Patrick and Columba
Kells High Cross – The South Cross aka Cross of Patrick and Columba

Kells High Cross - The West Cross
Kells High Cross – The West Cross, west face

Kells the Market Cross
9th century Kells High Cross – The Market Cross, west face.

Kells the Market Cross
Kells High Cross – The Market Cross, east face

The base of the Market Cross
Kells High Cross – the base of the Market Cross

Spire doorway
Spire doorway. Kells Monastic Site, Co Meath, Ireland

Bective Abbey

Bective Abbey
Bective Abbey, Co Meath, Ireland

Bective Abbey
Bective Abbey was founded in 1147 for the Cistercians by Murchadh O’ Melaghin, King of Meath and was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin

Bective Abbey
The Cloister

Athcarne Cross

The White Cross (Athcarne Cross) erected in circa 1675 by Dame Cecilia Bathe as a memorial to herself and her husband Sir Luke Bathe who rented Athcarne Castle – it having been seized by Cromwell from the Bathe family.
Athcarne Cross
The east face of the cross depicted the Crucifixion of Jesus with his arms  held high above the head along the shaft of the cross and feet on a skull and crossbones.

Athcarne Cross
The west face with the Madonna and Child, with weathered carving of the arms of the Bathe and Dowdall families

Donore Castle

Donore Castle
Donore Castle, Co Meath, Ireland

Donore Castle
Three storey tower house near the river Boyne

Donore Castle
Round tower on the corner housing a stairway

Donore Castle

Duleek Abbey and High Crosses

St Mary's Abbey
St Mary’s Abbey, Duleek, Co Meath, Ireland

Duleek Abbey

Duleek Abbey
Parts of the ruin date from the 13th century

St Mary's Abbey, Duleek

St Mary's Abbey, Duleek
Bishop of Meath 1679-1688 effigy slab

St Mary's Abbey, Duleek
17th century decorated tomb

St Mary's Abbey, Duleek
15th century bell-tower

St Mary's Abbey, Duleek
The tower shows an imprint of a round tower

High Cross
The head and base of a 10th century High Cross (The south cross)

Duleek High Crosses
The north High Cross

Duleek Abbey and High Crosses

Skreen Church and Cross

Skreen Church
Skreen/Skryne (from An Scrin – The Shrine) Church, Co Meath, Ireland

Skreen Church
This is the ruin of the 15th century church built on the site of an earlier monastery.
In 875 the relics of St Colmcille were brought here for safe keeping but the shrine was robbed in 1027 (later recovered)

Skreen Church
The church is the ruin that’s visible in the east from the Hill of Tara

Skreen Medieval cross
Medieval cross with very weathered Crucifixion carving on its west face

Skreen Church
South door with 14th century carving of a bishop

Skreen Church
Detail of the worn carving

Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
Loughcrew Megalithic Complex, Co Meath, Ireland.

Cairn U, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
Cairn U, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Cairn U, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
Cairn U, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
Cairn T viewed from Cairn V, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

The Hag's Chair, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
The Hag’s Chair, Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
The entrance to Cairn T which aligns to the Spring and Autumn Equinox

Inner chamber Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
The inner chamber Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex


Rock art on the Equinox Stone in Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Cairn U, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
Rock Art in Cairn U, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex
More rock art from Cairn T, Loughcrew Megalithic Complex

Newgrange Passage Tomb

Newgrange Passage Tomb
The ancient site of Newgrange Passage Tomb, Co Meath, Ireland. Kodak HIE infrared film

Newgrange Passage Tomb

Kerbstones, Newgrange Passage Tomb
The Kerbstones at Newgrange Passage Grave

Entrance to the chamber, Newgrange Passage Tomb
The entrance to the chamber aligned to sunrise on the the Winter Solstice – sunlight floods the chamber thru the opening above the entrance

Hill of Slane

Hill of Slane
Hill of Slane, Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland

Hill of Slane

Hill of Slane - Franciscan Friary and College
The ruins of the Franciscan Friary and College

Hill of Slane - St Patrick's Church
The ruins of St Patrick’s Church

Hill of Slane - Chilean pine tree
The Chilean pine tree in the graveyard

Hill of Slane - St Patrick's Church

Hill of Slane - St Patrick's Church

Hill of Slane - St Erc’s tomb
Two rough stone slabs thought to be the remains of St Erc’s tomb. Patrick appointed Erc as the first Bishop of Slane

Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny)

Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny)
Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) is said to have been brought to Ireland by the mythical race known as the Tuatha Dé Danann who defeated the original inhabitants of Ireland the Fir Bolg and took their seat of power on the Hill of Tara.
It was one of four treasures brought by the Tuatha Dé Danann and used as the inauguration stone for the High Kings of Ireland

Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny)

Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny)

Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny)