Saturday, July 19, 2008

Back in Dublin

We arrived back in Dublin today after zooming around the countryside. It is true every where you turn here there is a castle. One of my favorites so far was Johnstown Castle in County Wexford. While we were there the bridal parties and photographers were lined up. The grounds and gardens are absolutely stunning. The sound of peacocks and trickling waterfalls filled the air.

We also made a point of seeing Kells Priory. The ruins were breathtaking. The priory is situated alongside King's River beside the village of Kells, about 15km south of the city of Kilkenny. The priory is a National Monument. One of its most striking features is a collection of medieval tower houses spaced at intervals along and within walls which enclose a site of just over three acres. These give the priory the appearance more of a fortress than of a place of worship and from them comes its local name of "Seven Castles".

After we toured the grounds we headed back to Rosslare for a walk on the beach. The photograph was taken at sunset, which over here in the summer is about 9:00 PM.

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