Yesterday was fabulous, weather-wise (which is all important to the Irish) and with the company I spent the day with.
Tine and Dermot took me to three outstanding places and lots of interesting sights along the way.
While we were on our way to the Demesne Castle in Macroom, Gogane Barra, Glengariff and Bantry, one site I found particularly interesting was the prehistoric trees that came up in the boggy area when the reservoir of the River Lee was created.
The trees that stick up randomly in small stump like statues, are claimed to be over 5,000 years old and perhaps up to 10,000. They are protected.
I learned from Tine, who drove most of the way to our destination, who pointed out that the lovely shrubs that line the narrow highways, are actually stone walls, that have been covered with vines and shrubs through many years. So it behooves a driver not to get too close to the shoulder of the lane.
The Hermitage of Gougane Barra, is monastery built by a sixth century monk on the most peaceful site, with graceful trees, calm waters and places to take silent walks.
The area, also surrounded by a forest with moss-covered trees, still has the original stone cells where the monks slept and the ruins of the original church that was later built on the site, when Christianity came to Ireland,also centuries ago.
A beautiful stone church from several hundred years ago is still in use today.
Another sight that enveloped me with the beauty and history was the Island of Garnish near the Glengariff town, where Maureen O’ Hara resides. We took a boat from the land to the Island, and could see her home, and when we landed on the island, there were many places to walk, in gardens and among sculptures. One group of stone steps looked as though
there would be no end to the top. They stood straight up, mountain-like.
I looked at the steps and said, I’d give it a try. I made it clear to the top! My posting here will be short until I am again on my own. I have a short time in order to place a bit every day.
Soon, I’ll be on my own again in Scotland, and then I’ll beef-up the posts. Stay involved with me.