My 365 pix have fallen a little by the wayside recently. I’m determined to find 365 great places to visit in Tipperary (especially free places), and blog about them. I’ll be pulling back on daily posts though and taking photos just three or four days a week, or whenever I get time, so it won’t be a 365 pix in the generally accepted sense.
Anyway, onto photo number 35!
Moore Abbey, Glen of Aherlow
Moore Abbey is a bit of an unfortunate place. It was founded in 1204 by the King of Thomond, Donough Gairbreach O’Brien as a Franciscan abbey and, apparently, it took 300 years to build (Ref: Aherlow Website). It was burned four times during the course of building, by the armies of Desmond and Ormond. It was burned to the ground in 1472 and rebuilt in 1473. Continue reading →
I’ve passed this church a million times (I could be exaggerating slightly) over the last few years. It’s an eyecatching sight perched at the top of a hill over a public house called ‘The Halfway House’ on the Clonmel to Fethard road. Continue reading →
There’s nothing like a cold blast of air and two icy feet to start the morning off. With an hour to kill before I dropped my daughter to school and started a day of “Mum’s taxi-runs”, I ventured out to Newcastle to look for Mullough Abbey.
Coming from Clonmel you can’t miss the signposted pillar beside the new graveyard….unless you’re me….so I drove by it and into Newcastle before I realised the error of my ways.
Mullough Abbey, Newcastle
The abbey is in a lovely spot, but it’s an awful pity about the perimeter wall. I wonder is there any chance that there’s a plan to cover it with natural stone, or even grow a hedge to cover it.
Today’s 365 Tipperary pic wasn’t actually taken today, just in case you were wondering where the lovely calm evening came from. Being without a car, I had to search through my archive of photos and came across this one. (My actual 365 pic for today is something entirely different, but I’ll post that in a minute.)
Lough Doire Bhile
Situated not far from Glengoole, just off the bog road to Littleton, Lough Doire Bhile is a beautiful oasis of peace and calm. Ally and I went out one evening for a walk and spent about an hour taking photos, mostly of each other. We met lots of people out walking, and there were a couple of fishermen sitting on their little stools with their fishing lines dangling in the water. If I didn’t take photos I think I’d fish instead. It would be a great excuse to sit daydreaming for the day.
The lake, which is on the site of an old, exhausted bog, is apparently stocked full of brown trout, although I’ve heard it can be a bit ‘hit and miss’ as to whether you’d catch anything (explains the ‘dangling’). Still, even if you don’t catch the tea, you can always bring a few sandwiches with you and have them at one of the picnic benches beside the lake. Bliss!
The photos I actually took today (to fulfill the 365 aspect) are below – more night time shots. John was out back earlier cutting a piece of metal to shape and I couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and trying to capture the patterns of the sparks flying.
I hope my car is fixed soon or there could be sparks of a different sort flying.
I’m very glad I started this 365 project. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve gotten to see parts of the country that I don’t think I’d ever have seen only for starting it. (I knew there was a reason I wanted to be an auctioneer all those years ago – all that driving around, looking at the countryside.)
I drove to Gortnahoe (Gurt na who?) today. Now, I’ve been through Gortnahoe before and have never given it a second thought, but I think I would have paid more attention if I’d known this magnificent abbey was just a little further out the road.
The SatNav brought me straight to the location…almost. SatNav Sally (as I’ve come to call her) announced that I’d arrived at my destination alongside a very high stone wall that seemed to run for miles with not an abbey in site.
There are actually two churches on this site. Pictured above is St. John’s, a 19th Century Protestant Church. Building of the church was completed in 1820, and in 1919 the church was abandoned. Since then it has slowly deteriorated and is now roofless.
Today’s site is really more Kilkenny than Tipperary, although there are a few references to it on the internet as being in Tipperary. I’ve included it here because it’s on the Tipp/Kilkenny border and is only five minutes drive from another similar site that I’ve been to already.
It was really, really dark when I went to take today’s photo, and it’s probably not the best idea in the world to take photos in a forest when it’s that dark. But…in the words of a famous lecturer in LIT….you can’t have everything…
Today’s photo! (Go on….have a guess!)
Update: Location identified by Conor Kane over on Twitter. Well spotted. It’s a bit off the beaten track and wouldn’t be one of the more well known tourist attractions, but it’s popular among locals who like to walk their dogs or have picnics there in the summer.
Carey’s Castle, Clonmel
As can be seen from the photo below, it really was very dark by the time I got there yesterday. Thanks be to God for aperature, ISO, Photoshop, and everything else that modern technology has given us in order to make dark photos brighter. The photos might be a little grainy, but they give an idea of what’s there.