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Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough August 22nd 2019

This morning we began with an Irish breakfast of eggs, heavy ham and sausage, or porridge and fruit... I had the latter. Once out the door of our hotel we walked with Father Michael through The Gateway into one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites right next to our Glendalough Hotel. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. The round tower. A bell tower was built almost 1,000 years ago by the monks of St. Kevin’s monastery, it was also used as a place for refuge for monks and as a lookout tower. We happened upon the remains of the Cathedral, several churches and a structure known as the Priest House, the name is derived from an 18th century of bringing priests to be readied for burial and also ... read more
The Round Tower
Close up of the Round Tower

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough August 21st 2019

We awoke with a time limit on our self discovery of the Irish land we are visiting. We headed to Bewley’s for a great Irish breakfast of porridge and scones before heading to the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology... from Celtic art to Medieval Ireland is covered. Can you say “COOL”? Also bog bodies are displayed... well preserved bodies which have been found in Irish bogs - some date back to 175 BC 😳... An elderly lady who was enjoying the exhibit as much as I, came up to me and offered to take a pic for me with the “old” guy... she said it would portray me as even younger ... I declined. 😛 We finished our sight seeing excursion just in time to meet up with pro story tellers, Jay Stailey and Tom ... read more
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Walk in the rain.

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough August 8th 2017

Our shore excursion from Dublin was again by Paddywagon Tours. The motorcoach tour would take us to the Wicklow Mountains and the Glendalough monastic site, then return to Dublin for a city tour. The Wicklow Mountains range south of Dublin. The mountain peaks lie mostly inside Wicklow National Park, but there is a considerable amount of private farming and dairy cattle and sheep raising going on in the valleys. It's a very scenic area, and in August the heather was in bloom. Our driver/guide said he regretted that few Dubliners visit this natural area so close to the city. We took the scenic drive up to Glendalough on the Eastern side of the park. Glendalough (Gleann Dá Locha or Valley of the Two Lakes) is the central attraction in the park. The two lakes are referred ... read more
Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Glendalough Visitor Centre

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough April 14th 2015

The Wicklow Mountains are considered the garden of Ireland and for good reason. When people think of Ireland, everyone thinks of going to the west coast and seeing the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry, but I would say that missing out on the Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough is a big mistake. The mountains are one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. I would rank it my number 2 favorite behind the most impressive Dingle Peninsula. That's right, I think it is better than the famous Ring of Kerry. My tour through the Wicklow Mountains and onto Glendalough was great and made even better by the fabulous tour guide. On the tour, I saw the tallest waterfall in Ireland. We also saw were scenes for P.S. I love You were shot and Braveheart. Yes, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough April 24th 2014

Thur 24 April 2014, Wicklow Mountian's and Blackrock We decide to give Dublin a miss today and head out the country. We headed south to Glendalough, in the Wicklow mountain’s, a small historic village with twin lakes. Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed a “Monastic City”. Within the historic ruin’s is the cemetery where some of the grave stones date back to 600AD and common grave stones from the 1600’s. We walked to the twin lakes and then headed back to the cars. Sean was then very keen to show us where he went to boarding school, Blackrock College is well known private school and as Sean was an “old boy” ... read more
Their Transport
Glandalough
Glandalough

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough October 6th 2013

Sunday morning was bright as we went downstairs for breakfast. Actually we were not so hungry after our feast last night. We packed up and headed back to Tullamore stopping along the road for photo ops of the Wicklow Gap. From forested hillsides to rocky plains it was a beautiful sight. The glacial valley has steep sides and a river tumbling over the boulders and down to the sea. There were ruins along the river edge that I would have loved to explore if we had a bit more time. We tried another route home and except for a bit of confusion around Kildare it was much shorter. Mick and Mary were waiting for us with the news that we had been invited to dinner with Liam and Miriam. Before that we drove out to the ... read more
AND A RIVER SUNS THROUGH IT
OLD STONE QUARRY
WELCOME TO WICKLOW

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough April 15th 2011

Hi Everyone! I know this was a long time coming and I'm sorry :( I caught some sort of bug after my weekend adventure and I've been just trying to keep going in order to make it to work every day. So my work term ends next week and I'm actually kind of sad! It's such a nice place to work and I'm really starting to get along with my bosses and whatnot; but alas I believe this is the way of temping. You get attached to a place and then before you know it, you're moving on. However (not to get my hopes up or anything!) but I may be interviewing for a 6 month contract position at this big multinational firm and I'm super excited! I'm not sure how many people are vying for ... read more
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Church
Cemetery

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough April 1st 2011

Today we left Dublin, we figured we could probably have spent one more day there and seen everything, but we were pretty excited to get touring. We picked up our rental car on the outskirts of Dublin - a brand new dark red Citreon. So we were off, on the left side of the road - did I mention yesterday how INSANE Dublin driving is...well its horrendous, the cabby's are all over the place and even worse yet are the pedestrians and bikers who just run out in front of you...quite insane. Anyway, so we were off - me with map duties and Chris driving. Chris did so well driving that his main hindrance is my sub-par map reading skills...good thing we have about 9 more days for me to get it right. We drove from ... read more
High Crosses
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St. Kevin's Kitchen

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough January 15th 2011

Last part of orientation! So on our very last few days of orientation, my semester start up program took us on a trip to Glendalough and county Wicklow. Glendalough is a valley in between the Wicklow mountains known for its medieval monastic settlement. It was full of graves, crosses, and old monastery type things. Pretty much from the beginning of orientation, everyone we told that we were going told us good luck with the weather as it is always raining. Well we got extremely lucky as we got one of the very few nice days! It was really windy but still much more enjoyable without the rain. After looking around all the monastery grounds we took the bus to the county wicklow that is just a small town by the sea an hour or so south ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Glendalough January 13th 2011

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Bridge Over the Liffey
Dublin
Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Center




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