From Rathdrum, we drove back up the road to Laragh and turned onto R756 to go to Glendalough and the monastic settlement founded in 498 A.D. by St. Kevin. First you see the round tower, still plumb straight, rising over 30m with a conical roof. It is srrounded by a cemetary still in use. Among the tombstones stand St. Kevin's Cross, a tall Celtic cross over a wheel carved in granite. Nearby stands a roofless 9th century cathedral...also with ancient tombstones. Closeby, just down the knoll, is another small limestone church, possibly St. Kevin's church with the steeply pitched roof and bell tower resembling a chimney. We walk through taking in as much as we can.
From here we continued on R756 through Wicklow Gap. Small farms dotted the landscape. A bicycle race was in progress. We found ourselves weaving around groups of 4--5 riders on the narrow paved country road. However the bikes went on up high and we went low as we headed to Blessington where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we took the M7 to the airport just north of Dublin.
We dropped the car. Gord pointed out the damaged rocker panel and paid the 100 € deductible. We took a taxi to the Travelodge Hotel. It is in the Ballymun area of town. It was recommended that we don't walk around after dark. Dinner we had in a little burger joint next to the hotel. There are no real restaurants around. We had a quiet night.