Visits For May, 2010

Saturday, 8th May 2010

A Beautiful Half-Day Around Monaghan

What a scorcher! What a wonderful day of sunshine! A few weeks ago I went to Monaghan and didn't get to some of the sites on my list, but today I returned and saw those sites and a few more. There really are some interesting megalithic tombs in the county. The ones I saw today don't all fall into that category, though.

The best of the bunch was the court tomb at Tiredigan, which has lost much of its court, but stands in a mighty cairn. This was closely followed in the 'nice sites' race by the tiny tomb at Radeery. The state of the monuments I saw doesn't really matter, though. Getting out and about on such a day is prize enough.

The first site I stopped at was the churchyard at Donagh. This churchyard is beautifully maintained and a pleasure to walk around. The buildings are very ruined, but the wheel cross and cross bases there are very nice.

With all this sun around I couldn't just come straight home so I took a detour and went to Monasterboice on the way back. I love that place. In the sunlight it's simply sublime and I was lucky to have the place practically to myself for most of my stay there.

Donagh (Co. Monaghan)Church14 New Images
Donagh (Co. Monaghan)Cross3 New Images
The Wart Stone - Donagh (Co. Monaghan)Cross4 New Images
Killina (Co. Monaghan)Court Tomb6 New Images
Tiredigan (Co. Monaghan)Court Tomb8 New Images
Radeery (Co. Monaghan)Wedge Tomb4 New Images
Monasterboice (Co. Louth)Round Tower6 New Images
Muiredach's Cross - Monasterboice (Co. Louth)High Cross22 New Images
The West Cross - Monasterboice (Co. Louth)High Cross7 New Images
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