Tag Archive | Places to visit in Tipperary

36 of 365 pix – Clonbeg Church, Glen of Aherlow

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I had some job keeping the rain off my lens for these photos, and the wind was something else. As I entered the church grounds clutching my camera to me, a man hurrying towards his car gave me a look that implied that I was completely bonkers.

He was probably right.  And not just because of the photos.

Clonbeg Church, Glen of Aherlow

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Clonbeg Church was built in the 1800s  and is Church of Ireland. The graveyard is both Catholic and Church of Ireland.  Within the church grounds, the remains of an old medieval church can be seen and are covered almost entirely in ivy.

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30 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Lady’s Abbey, Ardfinnan

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Lady’s Abbey, Ardfinnan

Lady's Abbey, Ardfinnan

 

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29 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Ballybacon Medieval Church

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Ballybacon medieval church

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28 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Loughmore/Loughmoe Church

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Yesterday’s 365 pic – intentionally late – a small mark of respect to a wonderful lady who passed away at the weekend.

I was in Templemore for training, and as I had seen photos of this church on Tom Nelligan’s blog – www.thestandingstone.ie, I thought I’d take a detour through Loughmore to photograph it.

I left Clonmel early yesterday morning, but when I reached Loughmore the skies were still dreadfully dark, thanks to the woeful weather.  Driving onwards to Templemore in the lashing rain, I could see (or rather I couldn’t see) the Devil’s Bit obscured with thick, heavy cloud. Not a photo opportunity in sight.

So it wasn’t until late that afternoon that I managed to get back to Loughmore, and I got a five minute break in the rain when I could take a few photos. A strong wind threatened to blow the camera out of my hands and it was all I could do to keep the lens steady. ( I won’t draw your attention to the blurry bits in the photos). Makes mental note:- next time BRING  A TRIPOD!!!

Loughmore Church

Loughmore Church

The graveyard is fascinating.  It’s been maintained really well, and I spent several minutes looking at the headstones. (I could easily have spent an hour if I hadn’t been getting soaked wet by the driving rain.)  One of the plots was over two hundred years old and the inscription on the headstone could be read as easily if it had been engraved yesterday.

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27 of 365 pix – Places to see in Tipperary – Dove Hill Castle, Carrick-on-Suir

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Some of you will have seen my Tweets and my Facebook status last night and early this morning, and will know that I spent some time in A&E last night.  Several people thought I was there with John because of the photos I posted of him last night with the angle grinder.  😀 John is fine.  It was Ally who wasn’t feeling well and she was kept in last night, unfortunately.

I finally got home at about 2AM this morning so I had a late start today – probably just as well as the sun came out and I had a window of photographic opportunity for a while.

Dove Hill Castle, Carrick-on-Suir

Dove Hill Castle

I must have passed this tower house hundreds of times on the road from Clonmel to Waterford and have never stopped to take a look. So, seeing as Ally could leave the hospital for a while today, I took both her and Bláthnaid for a spin.

Dove Hill Castle is a Norman tower built about 1450, and is very much in ruins. The ivy has taken a firm hold on the building as you can see from the photos.

Dove Hill Castle

The tower is sited on private land.  There is a gate, with a section removed, that allows one to climb through easily into the field, and there’s a pathway worn through the hay up to the castle. Further down another gate states that trespassers will be prosecuted. I didn’t see that gate until I came out though, and I think maybe it leads into a different field (…honest, Garda).

If you feel you’d rather not take your chances with the sign, then you can easily take a photo of the tower from the gate. Just don’t arrive on a sunny day at lunchtime or it’ll be a silhouette you’ll be photographing.

Dove Hill Irish Design Centre

When you’re all towered out you can nip across to the Dove Hill Irish Design Centre and shop to your heart’s content. I don’t want to sound like an advertisement, but they’ve a fantastic Newbridge Silverware section, they stock gorgeous Meadows & Byrne kitchen and homeware, and Lily Mai’s café is great for lunch and dinner.

It’s an awful pity Dove Hill wouldn’t do something with their website though.

I took a spin out to Mahon Falls where the sun decided to do a disappearing act, and I almost froze to death trying to take a photo. It was 5 degrees up there and people were strolling around the mountain looking freshfaced, windblown and happy.

Mahon Falls

I can’t remember the last time I was up at Mahon Falls, and the landscape is really stunning. There are lots of places where you can pull in to admire the view, and there are at least two carparks where you can park up for a while if you fancy a bit of hillwalking.

Mahon Falls

Did I mention the magic road? A little way down from the waterfall is an incline beside a Fairy Bush (or a raggy bush as it’s sometimes called). If you turn your engine off and put your car into neutral, your car will magically roll UP the hill! Try it, but try it on a day that’s not Sunday in order to avoid the steady stream of cars touring the Comeraghs.

23 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – The Main Guard, Clonmel

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Main Guard, Clonmel

This wasn’t what I intended to post here today… just in case you think I’m copping out with all this night time photography in Clonmel.

Today was just one of those days.  My free iPhone SatNav needed updating, so I hooked up to the WiFi at college and proceeded to update it.  Unfortunately it still hadn’t finished by the time I got to work, and was still updating when I left work. So I decided to use Google maps.

Big mistake!

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21 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Westgate, Clonmel

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Today’s photo is more an opportunity for me to practise some night time photography, rather than an actual place to visit, although, having said that, the West Gate, Clonmel is an interesting structure.

West Gate, Clonmel

West Gate Clonmel

The West Gate leading to O’Connell street is a reconstruction of what was one of three gates – North, East and West – allowing entry beyond the town walls. It’s fascinating to think that these walls protected the town and kept the Irish out.  Indeed, the Irish made their homes this side of the wall, which in turn became known as ‘Irishtown’.    Some of the history of the West Gate can be read here.

19 of 365 pix – Places to visit in Tipperary – Hore Abbey

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This place is AMAZING!! I’d seen lots of photos of it, but today was my first time seeing it in person, and it was well worth the spin out there. A lovely place for the “oul’ hang sangwitch and the cuppa tay” on a summer’s day.

If you need a hint as to where the location is, let me know. I’ll post the answer tomorrow. I can’t see this one being too difficult though.

In the meantime, I’m going to scrape the mud off my hiking shoes and pull out my waterproofs for tomorrow.

Update:-

Recognised on Twitter and here, on the blog, the location is

Hore Abbey, Cashel

Hore Abbey, Cashel

There seems to be two different spellings for Hore Abbey – ‘Hore’ and ‘Hoare’.  I’ve taken the spelling from the sign outside the front gate. (See picture below)

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9 of 365 Places to visit in Tipperary – St. Patrick’s Church Marlfield

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Two wet feet again! I think I might change the name of this blog.

Today’s pic… taken in the freezing fog…at a location not too far away…from me, that is…

 

Update:-

Pic correctly identified as St. Patrick’s Church, Marlfield, by @conorkane1974 and @c_fly1.

 

St. Patrick’s Church, Marlfield

 

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Some more photos I took while I was there yesterday:-

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