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Sep 30, 2019 - Glendalough and Wicklow Mountains In The Rain

This is my last bus tour in Ireland today. A return to Glendalough and Kilkenny Castle,w here I have already been. But I spent all my time at the Kilkenny Castle first time and this time I wanted to do some shopping and see some more of historical Kilkenny. I also wanted the chance to see the beautiful Wicklow Mountain scenery. It was the coldest rainy day of my time in Ireland. Making any sightseeing pretty miserable. I skipped most of the Glendalough walking tour and visited the museum instead. The day in Kilkenny was also rainy but I...

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May 1, 2017 - Glendalough

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....

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Isle of Shamrocks

May 20, 2015 - Glendalough & Powerscourt

To beat the rush of the day, we met early for breakfast, checked out, and made the short drive to Glendalough, the site of the ancient lakeside monastery tucked away in the Wicklow Hills. Glendalough means 'The Valley of the Two Lakes' and was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century. The monastery flourished for over 600 years. Many of the buildings date to the 10th and 12th centuries and some were restored in the 1870's. You enter the site through a two-arch gatehouse and find yourself near the 100-ft high Round Tower and surrounding...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

Sep 29, 2010 - Glendalough

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The setting for one of the most spiritual of Ireland’s great monastic sites couldn’t be more beautiful, or green. ‘Glendalough’ means ‘valley of two lakes, and it was here that St. Kevin, born in 498 and from the royal house of Leinster, came to live as a hermit in a cave high above the lakes. He intended to live alone but many followed his example and he later founded a monastery in the middle of the valley near a small stream. The monastery became a pilgrimage place after his death around 618. Yes, the legends have him...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Day 3 - Glendalough & St. Kevin's Monastery

Glendalough is the site of St. Kevin's monastery. The rain let up a little so the driving wasn't so bad and we enjoyed the gorgeous views of the mountains and fields. We arrived at Glendalough as the rain got heavier. Since we were soaked already, we figured it didn't matter. We opted for a guided tour that started with a video. By the time the video was over the sun had come out and we were able to walk through the ruined cathedral and St. Kevin's church. There was also an amazing round tower and cemetery (which is still active). We took a...

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Sines Ireland Trip

May 14, 2009 - Glendalough

Driving through the narrow stone-fringed roads of the Wicklow mountains, one expects the Black Riders to show up any minute, and that HObbiton will be around the next corner. The forests are so lush here - apparently trees grow faster in Ireland than in any other country in Europe! THe monastic ruins at Glendalough were stunning. Drive on.

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May 21, 2008 - Wicklow Mountains/Glendalough

Took a tour down to Glendanough/Wicklow where they filmed a few movies such as Braveheart and Excalibur. Beautiful lakes, mountains and countryside one hour south of Dublin. Met a coule of Aussie blokes on the tour(thanks Brett and Kim for a great time!) Had a few pints of Guiness and Cider in Temple bar with them afterwards and hit up a few of the clubs.

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Sep 30, 2007 - The Hen's Weekend

They were seven Irish beauties on a hen's weekend away in the wild and misty mountains of County Wicklow. He was one rugged but gentle spirited man intent on experiencing the life of St Kevin, the spiritual founder of a 5th century monastic city in nearby Glendalough. Six of the women had freed themselves from their marriage cells, abandoning their husbands and young children for the sweet but forbidden fruits of the outside world. The seventh was about to be married and intent on making every moment of her last taste of freedom as...

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