|Newgrange Passage Tomb, circa 3200 BC|
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!
I've only been to Ireland once, and that was in October 2004. It was, indeed, an Emerald Isle. Here is a repost of my report of that visit from my travel blog, The Intrepid Tourist.
Day 2. The next morning we woke up to a light rain, which soon cleared to patchy sun. We booked a tour of Knowth for 11:45 and then picked up picnic food for lunch. After the tour, it began to rain again, so we ate our lunch in the car in the parking lot at remains of Mellifont Abbey, the first Cistercian monastery in Ireland, founded in 1142. When the rain let up and we walked around a bit before taking back roads to Monasterboice to see the high crosses and round tower.
|Celtic Cross, Monasterboic|
Day 4. While Art was at his meetings I went to the National Museum to see the real finds from Newgrange and Knowth–the visitor center at the site only had reproductions–and a huge collection of Celtic gold jewelry. In the evening, we took a chartered bus to Dublin Castle for a reception.
|Georgian House, facing St. Stephen's Green, Dublin|
|Trinity College, Dublin|
Day 6. On our last day we visited an exhibit of the Book of Kells at Trinity College. It was the perfect ending to a short, but full visit to Ireland.
(update June 2012)
Here's a recent note from an Irish friend about observing the summer solstice in Ireland.
(update August 1, 2012)
My Irish friend recently wrote to me about another festival, Lughnasadh.
(update October 31, 2012)
The Origins of Halloween
My Irish friend Michael Fox sent me this Halloween message:
(update from Michael Fox, Feb 3, 2013)
Celebration of Imbolc