Brian de Staic, the jeweler in Dingle, does beautiful replicas of many of these standing stones and personalizes pieces in Ogham writing as jewelry pieces. I got a few beautiful pieces on my trip - they are worth checking out. I believe they can be ordered online if you've already left on his website. The craftsmanship is amazing.
Yesterday I went to visit my friend Nick Moony in Doon co Offaly . We talked of days gone bye when we were young and adventurous . Then we enjoyed fishing,walking,and local history . The castle of Doon or Esker Castle as it is also known was the old location of the Moonys [note spelling] We did a short walkabout the old castle and it was very sad to see the neglect of this historic ruin . It could not be approached as in the 50s as one would have to walk through wet muck and cow s...e just to get to the north side . When we climbed the hill it was sad to see the condition with brambles and nettles blocking the approach . I felt like Hiram Bingham when he stumbled on Machu Picchu . On entering castle I noted all as it was when I fist say it over 60 years ago . Stones with a little more wet moss covering wild trees in centre area and the whole appearance in utter neglect . What would it take to get a local history group formed and organise a bit of clearance of stones and then a careful bit of restoration ?
Great site full of interesting information and images.
I'm in Ireland currently on a bit of a personal spiritual and historical journey, exploring my Irish roots, hoping to visit as many ancient sites as possible. Your site is amazing, but I'm travelling only by bus and all these places seem to only be accessable by car...can you recommend any by public transport? I'm near Dublin and will be staying in Louth and Wicklow in the coming weeks, here in Ireland until April 13.
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Saw you post was in Knockpatrick ,Co.Limerick.St.Patricks Holy Well. today
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Great work on your site
MY WIFE AND I VISITED THE URAGH STONE CICLE (AS WELL AS THE ONE IN KENMARE) IN MAY 2014.. WAS MISTY, RAINING AND QUITE BEAUTIFUL WITH THE WATER FALLS AND LAKE.... THE SHEEP DIDN'T SEEM TO MIND AT ALL BEING THERE... LOL.. IT WAS SO PEACEFUL AND REVERENT.... IT IS WAY OFF THE BEATEN PATH...BUT IT IS SO WORTH THE TRIP...WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANYONE IN THE AREA TO GO SEE THIS PIECE OF HISTORY WE ARE PLANING A RETURN TRIP NEXT YEAR.....
I adore this site. I will be taking a quick trip to Ireland in a few weeks and because I only have a few days will likely only be visiting County Clare and Galway. I am hoping to stop off to see a few of the monuments that you have documented. Thank you!
Coming for 10 years in Ireland now. So I'm a bit done with the touristic attractions, Especially in the Kenmare / Killarney region. So now I'm trying to see the things that not all the tourists see like ruined castles, ringforts and stonecircles. Especially the stonecircles raise my interest. Why? I don't know exactly...think it is a treasure to find them. I've been to Dromatouk so far and yes... I also saw the one in Kenmare.... but that is not a challenge! This year I tried to find the ones at Lackaroe and Drombohilly, but didn't succeed. Maybe next year I will. It is a pleasure to read your stories and see the pictures. At least I know what it should look like. Maybe the pictures will also help me to find them next time. This weekend I'm going to do a cursion learning to use a GPS-system. I hope that will make the sites easier to find. I hope I'm still in time to see the stonecircles in a rather good shape. Or to be able to reach them anyway as there are more fences and houses now than a couple of years ago. it is shocking me that the stonecircles are lately so overgrown with grass and trees. I think I should leave them the way they are... but I feel like taking some tools with me to take away the grass and to put the trees somewhere else! These sites are here for so long and I get the feeling that people / farmers / landowners are taking so little care of there cultural heritage. Because it suites them better now in farming, in a couple of years sites will be destroyed while the sites were there already for so long, much longer existing than farmers / landowners are or ever will! People are only here on earth for a short while, so who are we to destroy such ancient sites?! I think the Irish (landowners / farmers) should be proud of there heritage and should protect it. There is so much farmland in Ireland, than why should they farm near such ancient sites?! Isn't there an organisation that protects such sites?
I'm very impressed with your dedication to Ancient Mystic
Ireland your site is very imformative I enjoy it immensely
I live under the shadow of a double Ringfort(figure of 8) here in Co.Roscommon.When on its summit you get a panoramic veiw and can see for Miles around just like our Ancient kin/folk could.Thank you for putting in the effort and all the hard work for folk like me to enjoy.