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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: THE SKELLIGS

THE SKELLIGS

These two islands, Skellig Michael and Little Skellig, lie off the coast of County Kerry in the southwest corner of Ireland.   Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Up a 1000 year old stone staircase, perched on a narrow ledge, is a 6th century Christian monastery consisting of 6 beehive cells and 2 boat shaped oratories.  The still-standing dry stone structures were inhabited by reclusive monks until the 12th century, when they relocated to the Augustinian Priory at Ballinskellig on the mainland.  By necessity self-sufficient, the monks traded eggs, seal meat and feathers for cereal, tools and animal skins from passing boats.  The skins were used to produce vellum, upon which the monks copied illuminated religious manuscripts.

Today, the Skelligs are home to vast nesting and breeding bird colonies as well as giant basking sharks, dolphins and sea turtles.

Copyright 2013                            Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: DINGLE PENINSULA

DINGLE PENINSULA

Way down in the southwest corner of Ireland is the County Kerry, locale of the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Beara Peninsula, the Lakes of Killarney and several glorious mountain ranges.  I’ve visited a number of times but on the most recent trip in September, we were blessed with incredible weather…..perfect for photography.  This is the view from Clogher Head, just about the westernmost point on the Dingle.  This area has it all:  the Atlantic Ocean, cliffs and mountains, secluded golden beaches and charming villages.  One of my favorite counties!  (Actually, I love all 32 of them)  Remember, you can always click on the image to enlarge it or on a highlighted word for more detail.

Copyright 2013                                 Mary Jane E Clark

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MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: PUCK FAIR

KING PUCK

Down in the Kingdom of Kerry there is a new king!  Since at least 1603, the annual Puck Fair has seen a new monarch selected and feted for a three day period(10th-12th) in August.  The Puck Posse (led by an Official Goatcatcher) heads into the wilds of the Macgillicuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range,  to search for the perfect Puck (in Irish goat = phuic, poc, puck).  Once found, he is brought into the lovely town of Killorglin on the banks of the River Laune, crowned with a jeweled crown, kissed by the young Queen of Puck Fair and hoisted onto a 15 foot high platform, from there to observe the ensuing festivities.

Copyright 2013                      Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BEARA PENINSULA

BEARA PENINSULA

Down in the southwest corner of Ireland, you’ll find craggy shores, numerous bays and inlets, mountains and three famous peninsulas…….the Dingle, the Iveragh (which includes the Ring of Kerry) and the Beara.  The Beara, or Bere, is the least known, least visited and, I think, the most beautiful.  This photo was taken near Garnish Point in County Cork.

Copyright 2013                Mary Jane E Clark

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: LAKES OF KILLARNEY

LAKES OF KILLARNEY

County Kerry offers spectacular scenery and the Lakes of Killarney are among  the most lovely sights.    The 3 lakes, Lough Leane, (Lower) Muckross (Middle) and the Upper Lake  are surrounded by the Macgillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland. All are part of the Killarney National Park.  The ever-shifting clouds provide moving bands of light and shadow on the  mountains, adding to the magical quality of the area.

Copyright 2013           Mary Jane E Clark

 

MONDAY’S MAGICAL MOMENT: BULLAUN STONES, CO. KERRY

This bullaun is called the “Rolls of Butter” and dates back to about 3500 BC.  It is the only multiple stone bullaun so far discovered, anywhere in the world.  It’s located near Bonane, County Kerry, Ireland.  Its purpose is a bit of a mystery but the placement of the wells mirror the lower part of the constellation of Orion as well as Sirius.  There is an amazing number of astronomical  features throughout the area, including stone circles, stone rows, standing stones etc.

As always, click on photo to see  a larger image.

Copyright 2012    Mary Jane E Clark

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