My somewhat quirky views as I gaze at the world around me!


Although this wasn’t a “special day”, ie solstice or equinox, I have to wonder if the beam of sunlight is significant for this time and place.  A few minutes earlier or later, it appears that it would have been passing directly through the small window opening.  It’s the ruins of the “Seven Churches”  (Na Seacht d’Teampaill) on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of County Clare, Ireland.  This was a significant monastic settlement established by St Brecan and built between the 9th and 15th centuries.  Probably only 2 churches were actually built as well as numerous other domestic buildings, and, of course, a cemetery.

Copyright 2014                   Mary Jane E Clark


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  1. said:

    What a great shot, MJ!! I remember the day well…. hugs~Joanne

    • Such a lovely island is Inis Mor and the ferry ride is wonderful, too. Glad you were there to share with me and Emmyjay’s Emerald Isle Adventures (

  2. said:

    This is beautiful! I am trying to imagine what it might have been like to stand on that piece of ground, waiting for the ray of sun to shine through. Just wonderful. Thank you! Love and hugs, Debbie

    • Definitely sacred ground and I’ve been there several times. I really love the ferry ride out there, too. The sunbeam focused through one ancient window and toward (through?) another is thought provoking.

  3. Serious gap in my education-I`ve never been to the Aran Islands!

    • Maybe make it a goal for this year. Be sure to take the “slow ferry” from Doolin and get to stop at all 3. They’ll let you “hop on hop off”. Spend the night at Ard Einne B&B on Inis Mor…….Clodagh is amazing!

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