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Visiting Ireland in May: Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

The Round Tower at Glendalough, Co Wicklow, Ireland    www.morewinelesswhines.com

The Round Tower at Glendalough, Co Wicklow, Ireland

I hear a woman gently singing an old tune as she strings her fingers along a harp and the sound of raindrops falling down stones onto the grass.  The moss and lichen grow thick on the ancient, aged stone walls.  The stone and mud beneath my feet are slick with rain.  The Irish mist and clouded skies add to the sense of mystery in this historic place.  This is Glendalough, the first site we are visiting in our 8 day tour of the Republic of Ireland.

Window in remains of a church building - Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland   www.morewinelesswhines.com

Window in remains of a church building – Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough is located in County Wicklow, Ireland, and is most famous for its history as an early medieval monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin back in the 6th century.

The view overlooking tombstones - Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland   www.morewinelesswhines.com

The view overlooking tombstones – Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

In the distance, I can imagine the cave where the holy men once dwelled and hear the prayers of those who have lived, prayed and died on this land.  The atmosphere is solemn and reverent.  Celtic crosses mark the graves of the deceased.  More than anything, Glendalough is a place of great beauty and peace.

Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland   www.morewinelesswhines.com

Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

My husband’s family and I were fortunate enough to spend 8 days this past May touring the Republic of Ireland.  Our tour was developed and guided by Paul Gregan.   Paul tailored the trip to our family, had a great sense of Irish humor and kept each day of the tour flexible.   He even personally drove us throughout the country!  If you are planning a trip to Ireland, do yourself a favor and look at Paul’s website.  Tell him “Queenie” gave the recommendation.  Yes, after only a short time he learned that my nickname is “Queenie.”

I will be sprinkling highlights from the trip into my upcoming posts.  Have a great day!

Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland    www.morewinelesswhines.com

Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

 

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