Sunday, October 30, 2011

Port Láirge (calling it in)

Saturday, October 30th - Waterford

The plan for the day: sleep in a little, have some breakfast and then head out of town to see the Rock of Cashel.  On the way to breakfast we passed by Greyfriers church ruins.

After breakfast we stopped into the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity.

On the way back to the hotel, Christchurch Cathedral where we got soaked.

St. Patrick's Rock at Cashel but everyone calls it the Rock of Cashel or Cashel Rock.
Dance your cares away, worries for another day.  Let the music play, down in Cashel Rock....
All I know is that Gena was looking a little green after an hour on country roads... I enjoyed it, and that's all that really matters!

The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the Southern Kingdom of Munster until the Norman Invasion.  The cheese is from Germany.

The Lusitania was sunk about 2 hours away from here on its way past the Southern coast to Liverpool.

Inside of Cormac's chapel.  Most medieval churches follow the form of the Latin cross. 

9 centuries have taken their toll.  The first picture shows the scaffolding for the current conservation work.  The effort is massive, actually erecting a temporary roof over (not attached to) the main structure.  The idea is to control the microclimate inside to prevent further degradation.

The oldest Celtic paintings in Ireland are here, painted onto the lime-washed walls of the Chapel.
The Altar.

Through the trancept, looking at the nave in the West.

One of the original painting depicting Christ of the cross, flanked by Mary and followers.

Another fun dead people on a boat fact; Queenstown Harbor, near Cork was the Titanic's last port of call.  Yeah, that scene were Leonardo almost misses his boat playing cards?  About 15 minutes from Cork.  I hate that movie.  Now I have that fucking song stuck in my head thank you very much.

Is this creepy (the crypt that's partially open)?  Would it be creepier if I stuck my hand in there?  Gena thinks so.

The original cross of St. Patrick.  He banished both the Devil and Snakes from Ireland!
Based on the teenage pregnancy rate here it would appear that he banished contraception too!


  1. Could be worse, you could have Beer Run stuck in your head - B double E double RUN - Beer Run!
    You're welcome.


  2. ...all we need is a ten and a fiver, a car and a key and a sober driver.
    B double E double R U N beer run!