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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE SEVEN CHURCHES, INIS MOR

INIS MOR, SEVEN CHURCHES

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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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: INIS MOR, ARAN ISLANDS

STONE WALLS, INIS MOR

Anywhere you travel in Ireland, you’ll see mile after mile of stone walls.  These were constructed to serve 3 purposes:  marking of property boundaries, shelter for animals in bad weather and, finally, to get rid of stones in the fields.  These are  always built without mortar and with small openings which allows the wind to blow through rather than knocking the wall down.

Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, lies off the west coast of Ireland, is part of County Galway and measures 8 miles long by 2 miles wide (13 km x 3 km).  There are more than 7000 MILES of stone walls on the island!

Copyright 2013                         Mary Jane E Clark

 

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