Fairy Bridges, Bundoran

Fairy Bridges, Bundoran

Fairy Bridges, Tullan Strand, Bundoran, Co Donegal

Fairy Bridges

It is said that locals thought the natural sea arches were haunted by the fairies

Fairy Bridges, Tullan Strand

Gortnahoula Court Tomb

Gortnahoula Court Tomb

Gortnahoula Court Tomb, Co Sligo, Ireland

Gortnahoula Court Tomb
Gortnahoula Court Tomb

Much of the site is buried under the peat with the other stones obscured by tall reeds

Tawly Mass Rock

Tawly Mass Rock and Bullaun Stone

Tawly Mass Rock and Bullaun Stone, Leitrim, Ireland

Tawly Mass Rock and Bullaun Stone

The Mass rock has an incised cross and ‘IHS’ inscription just visible below

Tawly Mass Rock
Tawly Bullaun Stone

Tawly Bullaun Stone – both stones were found close by

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern 2022

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern 2022

Halloween or Halowe’en comes from All Hallows Eve – The night before All Hallows Day (All Saints Day) which was the Christanisation of Samhain an ancient Celtic festival of celebration, feasting and connecting with ancestors at harvest time. Celebrated on October 31st, the half way point between the Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. Ancient Celtic tradition marked this as a time when the barriers between the spiritual and physical worlds came down which marked it as a time for Fairies (Shee/Sidhe) and other malevolent beings. From here we get many of the pagan practices that continue to today. Irish and Scottish migrants took their traditions with them to America and America, well Americanised it.

Traditional Jack O’ Lantern 2022

Links to past Jack O’ Lanterns 2017 here https://www.tonyoneill.org/2017/10/25/traditional-jack-o-lantern-2017/ and 2016 here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2016/10/27/irish-jack-o-lantern/

Donaghmore Round Tower and Church

Donaghmore Round Tower and Church

Donaghmore Round Tower and Church, Co Meath, Ireland

Donaghmore Round Tower and Church

Donaghmore 10th century Round Tower and 15th Century Church ruin

Donaghmore Round Tower and Church

Donaghmore Round Tower stands 26 meters tall

Donaghmore Church ruin

The ruin of Donaghmore Church

Donaghmore Round Towe

Donaghmore Round Tower just off the N51 Navan to Slane Road

Donaghmore Round Tower and Church

An original monastery here dates to St. Patrick who gave his disciple, St. Cassanus (Cassan) stewardship

Behy Cliffs

Cliffs, Co Mayo

Behy Cliffs, Co Mayo, Ireland (Opposite the Céide Fields Visitors Centre)

Beltany Stone Circle – revisited

Beltany Stone Circle

Beltany Stone Circle, Raphoe, Co Donegal, Ireland

Beltany Stone Circle

the Celtic festival of fertility known as Beltane is celebrated in early May and it is thought the circle takes its name from this festival

Beltany Stone Circle
Beltany Stone Circle
Cup marked triangle stone at Beltany stone circle

This is the cup marked triangle stone

Beltany Standing Stone

The Standing Stone at the circle

Beltany Stone Circle

Link to first visit – http://www.tonyoneill.org/2016/09/15/beltany-stone-circle/

Carrowmore Megalithic Complex revisited

Carrowmore Megalithic Complex, Co Sligo, Ireland

Carrowmore Tomb 1

Carrowmore Tomb 1

Carrowmore Tomb 3

Carrowmore Tomb 3

Carrowmore Tomb 4

Carrowmore Tomb 4

Carrowmore Tomb 7

Carrowmore Tomb 7

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 13

Carrowmore Tomb 18

Carrowmore Tomb 18

Carrowmore Tomb 51 - Listoghill

Carrowmore Tomb 51 – Listoghill

Carrowmore Tomb 51

Carrowmore Tomb 51 – the chamber in the cairn

Carrowmore Tomb 52

Carrowmore Tomb 52

Carrowmore Tomb 52a

Carrowmore Tomb 52a

Carrowmore Tomb 53

Carrowmore Tomb 53

Carrowmore Tomb 56

Carrowmore Tomb 56

Carrowmore Tomb 57

Carrowmore Tomb 57. Link for first visit to site here

Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Doonfeeny/Dunfeeny Standing Stone, Co Mayo, Ireland

Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Also known as Cloch Fada (Long Stone) situated in an ancient graveyard

Detail of cross on Doonfeeny Standing Stone

Detail of one of two crosses on Doonfeeny Standing Stone added to Christianise it

Cong Abbey

Cong Abbey ruin

Cong Abbey, Co Mayo, Ireland

Cong Abbey ruin
St Mary of the Rosary Church ruin

St Mary of the Rosary Church

The Monk’s Fishing House

The Monk’s Fishing House

Arched doorway at Cong

Arched doorway at Cong river

Temple of Deen

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

The court tomb is located on the Inishowen peninsula overlooking Trawbreaga Bay and Tremone Bay

Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb
Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb
Temple of Deen Court Tomb aka Laraghirril Court Tomb

Temple of Deen Court Tomb, Laraghirril, Culdaff, Inishowen, Co Donegal, Ireland

Templecronan

Templecronan / Temple Cronan, The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

12 century church ruins probably built on the site of an earlier structure founded by St Cronan in the 7th Century

The tomb said to mark the burial place of St Cronan

The blocked original doorway

Kilgeever Christian Site

Kilgeever Christian Site

Kilgeever Christian Site near Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, Ireland

St Patrick's rock and Kilgeever Christian Site

St Patrick’s rock in the foreground at Kilgeever

St Patrick’s rock

The Mass rock with inscribed cross – St Patrick’s rock

Kileever holy well,  Toberreendoney

Toberreendoney, The holy well around which pilgrims walk and pray

Kileever cross inscribed pillar

Cross inscribed pillar in Kileever graveyard

More info here https://pilgrimagemedievalireland.com/tag/kilgeever-abbey/

Castlekine

Castlekine aka Ballykine Castle

Castlekine aka Ballykine Castle, Co Mayo, Ireland

Castlekine aka Ballykine Castle

The tower house ruin is situated in Clonbur Wood and is fenced off as it is structurally unsound

Kilulta Church ruin

Kilulta Church ruin

Kilulta Church, Co Limerick, Ireland

Kilulta Church ruin

The ruins are said to be ‘oldest church in the county’, date unsure but given as 8th century (info from National Monuments Service) and ‘believed to be one of the oldest stone churches in Ireland’ (Wikipedia)

Kilulta Church ruin

The name can be translated as Cill an Ultaigh, the church of the Ulsterman, or Cill Ultain, the church of St Ultain (info from Heritage Project, Diocese of Limerick )

Breastagh Ogham Stone

Breastagh Ogham Stone

Breastagh Ogham Stone, Killala, County Mayo, Ireland

Breastagh Ogham Stone

The standing stone is over 3.5 metres in height

Breastagh Ogham Stone

The inscription on one side reads L.GG……SD ….LEGESCAD and on the other side MAQ CORRBRI MAQ AMLOITT, translated as “The Son of Corbbri, Son Of Amloitt”

The Burren revisited

The Burren landscape

The Burren, Co Clare, Ireland

The Burren landscape

2 previous visits to the Burren here http://www.tonyoneill.org/2017/05/10/the-burren-landscape/

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well, Ardfert, Co Kerry, Ireland

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well

St Brendan, the navigator, is said to have been baptised at the well in 484AD by Bishop Erc and fostered by St Ita for the early years of his life

Tobar na Molt / Wethers Well

Inside the pilgrims shelter / chapel

The altar with carved figures said to represent St Brendan, Bishop Erc and St Ida. The faces marked with the sign of the cross from countless pilgrims

Rattoo Round Tower

Rattoo Round Tower

Rattoo Round Tower, Co Kerry, Ireland

Rattoo Round Tower and church

Rattoo Round Tower and church ruin

Rattoo Round Tower

The round tower stands over 27 metres tall