Monday, July 6, 2015

Enjoying our first few days in Ireland

Today is Monday, July 6. We have been touring Ireland for three days. The cooler temperatures have been a relief from the heat wave that we experienced the last couple of days in Germany.

We picked up our car on Saturday and drove through the Wicklow mountains on our way to Kilkenny. On our way we stopped at Glendalough. A monastery was founded on this site by St Kevin sometime around 550 AD. The site flourished until 1398 when it was plundered by English soldiers.
 The 11th and 12th century round tower is perfectly preserved and stands at 100ft.

 This is a ruin of the cathedral that dates from the 7th century.

This is St Kevin's chapel

The site is located in a valley with two lakes. After walking the trail down to the lakes, we continued our drive to Kilkenny.

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