iReland

4 01 2013

Only one letter separates iCeland and iReland…. but that is about it!

Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest. And it was dark until noon as the sun had not yet reached over the mountains.

Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest. And it was dark until noon as the sun had not yet reached over the mountains.

Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest. The Round Tower originally had six timber floors, connected by ladders. The four storeys above entrance level are each lit by a small window; while the top storey has four windows facing the cardinal compass points. Round towers, landmarks for approaching visitors, were built as bell towers, but also served on occasion as store-houses and as places of refuge in times of attack. It worked... except for the Vikings who lit fires to smoke out the tower!

The Round Tower originally had six timber floors, connected by ladders. The four storeys above entrance level are each lit by a small window; while the top storey has four windows facing the cardinal compass points. Round towers, landmarks for approaching visitors, were built as bell towers, but also served on occasion as store-houses and as places of refuge in times of attack. It worked… except for the Vikings who lit fires to smoke out the tower!

 

Glaciers, little sun in winter, Vikings... need I even mention SHEEP!

Glaciers, little sun in winter, Vikings… need I even mention SHEEP!

Ireland is actually nothing like Iceland! Sadly the English got rid of the Gaelic, while the Icelandic held on to their language. And there is no snow or ice to speak of, it was quite nice and balmy. And these mountains are not much more than hills. Nonetheless, I have loved my trip back to the homeland!

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