Oranmore to Lehinch
This weekend we went from Oranmore to Lehinch on the west coast going south from Galway.We started of with a great old derelict house in Ardfry and then moved south along the coast until Lehinch. There were some nice old castles, nice Irish cottages until we hit Murroughkelly which is where the wild coast starts. Murroughkelly looked just like a lunar landscape.
Then we moved on to the Cliffs of Moher, they are certainly beautiful but somewhat diminished due to the all the tourists and the trappings that go with it. We ended the day in Lehinch which is the premier Irish surfing village and ate fish and chips while watching the die hard surfers in the sunset.
…But for the magic that takes you out, far out of this time and this world, there is Skellig Michael, ten miles off the Kerry Coast, shooting straight up 700 feet out of the Atlantic. Whoever has not stood in the graveyards at the summit of that cliff, among the beehive dwellings and their beehive oratory, does not know Ireland through and through, It is the beauty of Ireland that has made us what we are.
From the “Beauty of Ireland” by Bernard Shaw
The Graveyard by the sea.
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.
The cat & the rat
The one, presumably chasing the other, became trapped in an organ pipe in the 1850s and were mummified. They are referred to in James Joyce’s “Finnegan’s Wake” where someone is described as being “…As stuck as that cat to that mouse in that tube of that Christchurch organ…”