7th Century Kilmacduagh – Tallest Round Tower in the World
Kilmacduagh (pronounced Kil-mac-dua, means the ‘church of Duagh’s son’)
The 7th Century saint, Saint Colman, son of Duagh, established a monastery on land given him by his cousin King Guaire. According to legend, Saint Colman MacDuagh was walking through the woods of the Burren when his girdle fell to the ground. Taking this as a sign, he built his monastery on this spot.
The site was of such importance that it became the centre of the new diocese, the Diocese of Kilmacduagh, in the 12th Century. Owing to its wealth and importance, the monastery was plundered several times in the 13th Century.
With its 1.9m-thick base walls (6 feet), its round tower is reportedly the tallest round tower in the world at 34m (111 feet). The place of refuge for the monks in case of attack, and a place to secure their sacred church treasures (manuscripts, jewelled croziers and costly chalices). The round tower probably dates from the 12th Century. It tower has a considerable lean, likened to that of the Tower of Pisa, Italy.
For security and the preservation of its contents, the burial tombs within the inner cathedral are protected by locked gates, though clear views are possible (it is said that access keys can be obtained from the nearby Tower View B&B). Walking around the graveyard (still in use today) one can see family burial plots, complete with readable headstones dating as far back as the 1800’s.
Please exercise care and respect when visiting this important heritage site. Location Map – https://goo.gl/maps/GVkoj88QZQw
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Farmleigh House and the Beautiful Colours of Autumn
Many of you will already know that I tend to specialise in Black & White photography. For the past 6 months or so, the focus on the desaturated imagery increased apace. However, recently I have been in Ireland for family reasons and the breath taking colours of Autumn inspired me to go colour – at least temporarily! One weekend and based on a recommendation (thanks John!), I took myself off to Farmleigh House in Dublin for a couple of solitary hours. Immersing myself in the beautiful views within Farmleigh grounds, scenes were bursting with colour. Unfortunately, available time didn’t permit to take a tour of the interior of the magnificent Georgian house – I look forward to returning one day to do this.
Some facts on Farmleigh House
Farmleigh House is a wonderful Georgian house built in the mid-18th century. It is the official Irish State guest house and formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family. The estate of 78 acres consists of extensive private gardens with stands of mature cypress, pine and oak trees, a boating pond, walled garden, sunken garden, out offices and a herd of rare native Kerry Cattle. It was purchased by the Government of Ireland from the 4th Earl of Iveagh in 1999 for €29.2 million. A state body—the Office of Public Works spent in the region of €23 million restoring the house, gardens and curvilinear glasshouses, bringing the total cost to the state to €52.2 million. Farmleigh was opened to the public in July 2001. Click here for more details from Wikipedia.
Go capture your memories of Autumn now!
While there’s still time, grab your camera and get out and about capturing the wonderful colours Mother Nature has provided us! And if you are in or near Dublin, be sure to visit Farmleigh House. Visitor opening times and further details are available through this link. Free expert tips on taking great photographs.
Beautiful Wedding Reception Location & Photography. A big thanks to the team at Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club for laying on a superb wedding reception for my brother John and his bride Caitriona Egan. End to end, the service and food quality was not only consistent, it was 5-star. The beautiful surroundings of the hotel truly allowed the wedding photographer, (Ken Byrne Photography) to do a magnificent job.
Special thanks to Tom Reid, Fidelma, the Reception team and indeed to the whole crew across all departments at the Glasson for making the occasion a truly memorable one – especially for my parents, accommodating particular needs. I’m only sorry that in the end, I didn’t get to take the sunset shot over the beautiful Lough Ree as planned. However, I do hope that one day, if the invitation still stands, I can return and capture the fabulous lake scene.
If you are considering a wedding reception choice in Ireland, if you are looking for a quiet getaway for a few days or more, a corporate event or meeting, or indeed if you are planning for a few rounds of golf, then make no mistake about it, the Glasson Country House Hotel & Golf Club is unmistakably, a top-choice recommendation. Feel free to mention this reference.