Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ardagh Part III - 2013

Part III of photos I took in Ardagh, Co. Longford, Ireland! (Don't forget to check out Part I and Part II)

I cannot find a name of this church and graveyard. As far as I can tell its usually called The Old Church and Graveyard. A medieval church was believe to have originally stood at this site. ‘Big Pat Farrell’ a leader of the insurgents at the battle of Granard where he was killed in Sept. 1798 is suppose to have been buried there. It is very overgrown at the moment so we couldn't get a look at the graves to see if we could see any names or anything. There was nettles everywhere and we were both wearing shorts so we could only walk inside of it and back.

First photo above: The Old Church and St. Patrick's Church of Ireland in the distance.
Left & Right: The entrance to the Old Church and some of the graves around it.
Don't forget to click for full view!

Inside there is a tomb protected by an iron rail. Luckily just around to the right the rail is all coming apart and you can sneak in.

The tomb reads:
"Father keep through Thy own name
those whom Thou hast given me
Thine they are"
I have no idea who the tomb is actually for. There is a plaque above it that maybe tells you something about it but it was very wore and overgrown.

Inside the church when you look out one of the windows there was a little flower growing on the ledge. I tried to get the tomb and trees lit up in the sun in the photo as well.

Before we left Ardagh I got a shot of the road and lovely trees making an arch as you drive out. So pretty!

That's all of the photos of Ardagh! I will have to visit again as there is a few more things to get photos of including their Clock Tower which I couldn't get a shot of because the sun was right behind it and you wouldn't have been able to see it! I plan to visit sometime again in the evening with softer light and see what shots it gives me. 

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Ardagh Part II - 2013

Part II of photos I took in Ardagh, Co. Longford, Ireland! (Don't forget to check out Part I here) These shots are mostly all of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland. It was built in 1810 so it's very old. It was just recently done up and is looking a lot better than it did. For more info on Ardagh, you can read it here. These photos won't be up on Facebook or Flickr until I have Part III up so enjoy!

Steve taking his own photos of the Church. I liked him in this shot because his shirt goes with the door and he shows just how big the church is.

Every time we drove by Ardagh this was a shot I always wanted to take and finally got the chance! I love all the purple flowers! You'll see lots more of them in the next few photos :P The house in the distance is Ardagh House.

This is one of my favourite shots of the day. The lovely purple flowers, the church and the Lych Gate. Coffins of the dead were traditionally met by a clergyman at the Lych Gate. The Gate is amongst one of the few surviving in Ireland. More info here.

Plaque about Ardagh House. Be sure to click full view and read the story!

Those purple/pink flowers are all over the walls in Ardagh. Just lovely!

More of St. Patrick's Church of Ireland. As we were walking to visit this old graveyard below...

I can't find name for this graveyard and church ruin. There is so many church's around Ardagh. It has a lot of history. More on this graveyard in the next post ;)

Like I said Part III will be coming soon until then don't forget to look at Part I here. I hope you enjoyed all the photos!

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ardagh Part I - 2013

I'm a bit late with this post but finally got through all the photos I took in Ardagh, Co. Longford, Ireland! It was a beautiful day and I got tons of photos. This first blog post is actually part one or three! :-o So I will link the others in this post when they're up. I will also upload all photos to Flickr and Facebook when I have all blog posts up so it will be exclusively on here for awhile hehe! Anyhow enjoy the first batch of photos and be sure to let me know what you think!

We parked just beside a tree in the grounds of St. Brigid's Church. This photo was taken under it of just the end of the Church on the left and on the right a house (priests house maybe?) and the green in the center. 

St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church

Out the back of the church there is a lovely walkway through trees.

Pretty Steve!

The ruins of St Mel's Cathedral which was founded by St. Patrick and St. Mel was the first Bishop. Read more about it here. It has some great history.

A grave in the graveyard beside the ruins of St Mel's. The flowers look like Forget-Me-Nots but I think they're too dark in colour? I don't know much about the flower so let me know if you have any idea what it is. It looked lovely all along the grave.

St Patrick's Church of Ireland was built in 1810. The entrance to the churchyard is marked by a Lych Gate where the coffins of the dead were traditionally met by a clergyman. The lych gate is a very unique feature of this building and is amongst one of the few surviving in Ireland. Got that info from here.

Two more blog posts to come with lots of photos! Don't forget to like my Facebook page and follow me on my Flickr :)