Idyllic Guagán Barra

25 Jun 2012 – Co Kerry & Co Cork

Sat: Welcome grandniece Devon Yiher LAM-TRIBBE born in NYC/USA.

A wet drive inland to Achadh Deo/Aghadoe overlooking the town and lakes of Killarney. The area is famous for its views of the lakes and islands, including Innisfallen Island. The ruins of 13th century Parkavonear Castle and of Aghadoe Cathedral an old Romanesque church in ruins, make the spot popular with tourists and archaeologists.

Seemingly today the tinkers are now known as the travellers and their graves are rather unique and elaborate.

Guagán Barra/Gougane Barra=the rock of Barra/Co Cork. St Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. Was in grotto#8 to keep dry today 🙂 The present ruins date from around 1700. when a priest called Denis O’Mahony retreated to the island. During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra’s remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass.

The idyllic Church at Gougane Barra – built on island near monastery/well site at end of 19th century. Today there was a wedding and too wet to attempt the tempting trails in this area. An excuse to find shelter at the cafe or a warm bowl of soup 🙂 🙂

After the snack at Cronin’s Cafe***(soup was great but the coffee cake was way too sweet for the savory tongue!), headed to Cork via the mountain road with the local traffic 🙂 🙂 🙂

Catherine’s two grand-daughter, Abby & Emily who live in Cork will be slumbering with their cousin Aisha in Castleisland. Also to be in the area for the sailing trip tomorrow. Good idea of a design for a lovely kitchen cum dinning and living area making it a bright big space!

Scenic and pleasant drive in spite of the wet grey skies thru’ charming Macroom.

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts – James Joyce

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