'Landscape, In Colour' - oil on board (H20xW20cm) €65. One of the mini paintings available in our Pop Up Gallery at 16 George Street, Wexford as part of the Wexford Fringe Festival. Open today until 5pm
This is the entrance to Clonfert Cathedral, the burial place of St Brendan the Navigator. Its doorway is the crowning achievement of Hiberno-Romanesque style. It is in six orders, and has a large variety of motifs, animal heads, foliage, human heads etc. Above the doorway is a pointed hood enclosing triangles alternating with bizarre human heads, and below this is an arcade enclosing more human heads. The early 13th century east windows in the chancel is an example of a late Romanesque windows. The chancel arch was inserted in the 15th century, and is decorated with angels, a rosette and a mermaid carrying a mirror. The supporting arches of the tower at the west end of the church are also decorated with 15th century heads, and the innermost order of the Romanesque doorway was also inserted at this time. The sacristy is also 15th century. The church had a Romanesque south transept, which is now in ruins, and a Gothic north transept, which has been removed. In the Roman Catholic church one mile to the south is a 14th-century wooden statue of the Madonna and Child, and on the roadside near this church is a 16th-century tower-house. #discoverireland#visitgalway#irelandsancienteast#visitoffaly#livinghistory#stbrendan
📍Doo Lough Valley, County Mayo
An incredibly beautiful area with a tragic story etched into its history
For all Ireland's natural scenic beauty, it's the history of the land that keeps visitors enthralled as we travel the length and breadth of the island. Central to that history is of course an Gorta Mór, the Great Famine, which devastated Ireland from 1845 to 1850. Scars of the famine can still be seen in the west of the country where the famine took its greatest toll on a rural population that were tragically neglected by the ruling class in Britain at the time
It's here in the Doo Lough Valley of County Mayo that you'll find a small stone cross marking the site of the Doo Lough Tragedy of 1849 which saw an unconfirmed number of starving people perish in an incident that has come to define the gross lack of common decency afforded to so many who deserved so much more. In March 1849, men, women and children of the Mayo region were instructed to visit the small town of Louisburgh for an inspection which would decide if they were to continue receiving the small amount of relief aid that was being offered. The inspection did not take place and the starving people were instead instructed to travel to Delphi - a hunting lodge - nearly 20km from Louisburgh where the officials in charge of the inspection had instead decided to travel. The starving people walked through the night knowing that a failure to report would see their relief aid withdrawn
Of the hundreds that began the journey, many did not arrive at Delphi. Official reports at the time gave a number of less than 20 who perished in the remote Doo Lough Valley. However, local estimates put that figure far higher. The memorial cross now bears a quote paraphrasing Gandhi - 'How can men feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings?'
Bective Abbey in the autumn setting sun, no filter required!
The main tower shows how it was turned from a large abbey into a private fortified mansion after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.