Clonmacnoise and Birr Castle

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May 21st 2012
Published: May 21st 2012
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Monday May 21 - Today we went to Clonmacnoise. While we were leaving Brian was taking out the fixings for Irish stew for supper. The weather was beautiful and we went to Clonmacnoise first. I have been there before but this was the first time I had such good weather. It’s hard to imagine that the monastery had been sacked so many times and still was rebuilt until the English garrison at Athlone totally demolished it. They even took the windows. I suppose they would have taken the hole as well if they could……

After visiting Clonmacnoise we drove over to Birr and visited Birr Castle and Demesne. It was exceptionally beautiful and we greatly enjoyed visiting the grounds. Afterwards we drove back to Ballinasloe to enjoy a large dish of Irish Stew.

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Round TowerRound Tower
Round Tower

Notice the top is gone. It was struck by lightning.
Replica of High CrossReplica of High Cross
Replica of High Cross

This is a replica of the original High Cross that stood here. The original is in the museum for it's protection.
Annoyed dogAnnoyed dog
Annoyed dog

We only had tea and nothing to give the dog.
Entrance, cafe, and museumEntrance, cafe, and museum
Entrance, cafe, and museum

This looks like it was originally the stables

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