Mon 15 Mar 2010
Today, instead of having classes, we took a day trip around some of the towns and sites of Western County Waterford. Our first stop was just outside Dungarvan where we visited the ruins of an old church and an extremely old graveyard that has become rundown in recent years. We plan on heading out there again to clean it up for the local people.
We stopped after a while to get some pictures of Dungarvan from above. The view was absolutely stunning.
We stopped again just outside of Ardmore Where we explored the ruins of a 12th Century Cathedral. I could have spent hours there taking pictures of the ruins and the graveyard. There was a tower on the grounds as well that was used as a belltower and to store church goods. In war times it was also used as a refuge for local people because the entrance is twelve feet off the ground and the walls are four feet thick!
Once we got to Ardmore we walked up the hill to get to Declan's Hermitage. I'm pretty sure that this was my favorite part of the day. It is a place of pilgrimage for many people, and crosses have been traced in the walls for hundreds of years. We got to add our own scratches to those of the countless people who have gone before us.
Afterward we were able to spend some time down on the beach before heading to Lismore.
In Lismore we got to see Lismore castle, but only from a distance. We took the most dangerous group picture EVER! we all had to stand on this tiny sidewalk on a very narrow bridge, while Tom Keith stood on the other side of the road, where there is no sidewalk, to take our picture.
We also visited some really pretty old churches in Lismore.
then we ventured up into the mountains to visit a very pretty monastery.