Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ireland

After our two day trip to Barcelona a few weeks ago, we went to home to Ireland for a week and a half. I finally got around to uploading pictures.

At home in Rossclare

HeidiJen cooking up a good fried breakfast on one of our first days in Ireland.
A submerged second world war relic on Rossnowlagh beach, on the west coast of Donegal. This used to be a lookout post but now there is mostly a view of the sky from inside.
Killybegs is located on the west coast, in county Donegal, and is the most productive fishing port in Ireland. We stopped off quickly for some photos and headed back to Fermanagh.Portora Royal School, my high school. This is the original part of the school that housed boarding students up until only a few years ago. This would have been the extent of the school when Oscar Wilde attended back in 1864-1871.
Enniskillen (from the Irish: Inis Ceithleann meaning "Kathleen's Island") is the largest town in County Fermanagh. It is located in the centre of the county on the natural island which separates the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. This is the town hall in "The Diamond". Enniskillen castle, constructed in the 15th century, overlooks the river Erne.Feeding time for the chickens at home.
These blocks by the lake at Rossclare have been here since the second world war. Rossclare was a salvage yard used to maintain the lights on the water landing strip for the PBY Catalina Flying Boats and to salvage any that had crashed in the lake. The Catalinas were based at RAF Killadeas.
We took Jen to experience cutting turf (peat). Our family owns an area of blanket bog that we used to use to supply fuel to burn through the winter. Jen learned how to use a turf spade which has a distinctive blade on the side to separate each block of turf.
Here are two ancient celtic stones in the church yard of Killadeas Parish Church. The Ballaun stone bears at least ten cup-shaped hollows. For good luck, travellers leave coins in the hollows. Close by is the Bishops Stone which is carved with a figure carrying a bell and crozier. It is thought the stone may have also been used as a corbel at some time.
Wee Joe Johnson is on the ball.
Leah SindiqueJenny the donkey is still in her field and has been there since we last visited her two years ago.Overlooking the lake at Rossclare

1 comment:

Meforeva said...

Beautiful pictures especially the one of the Celtic Stone