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Churches of Ireland

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An August 2003 trip to Ireland by Sierra

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Quote: All throughout Ireland are fantastic relics of a long and colorful religious past.

Churches of Ireland

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Cemetary, central Galway, Ireland Photo, Ireland, Europe
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St. Joseph of Arimathea was the first Christian missionary to the British Isles, circa 60-70AD. However, the first major conversion effort was not until Patricious (later known as St. Pádraig or more commonly, St. Patrick) began his mission in 432 to Ireland. Several major Irish saints, among them Brigid, Columba, Ciarán, Kevin (Coemgen), Aiden and Oswald, live and die over the next two hundred years. Clonmacnois, the major Irish religious site, was founded in 545 by Ciarán, and remains on of the oldest continuously used centers of worship in Ireland. St. Columcille (Columba) "the Enlightener of Scotland" migrated to the island of Iona off Scotland in 561 and forms a monastary (563 AD) which wi...Read More

Drumcliff Church, W. B. Yeats Grave

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Attraction | "Drumcliff Parish church and Yeats grave"

Drumcliff Church, W. B. Yeats Grave Photo, Sligo, Ireland
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William Butler Yeats may be the most famous resident of the Drumcliff parish’s Protestant church’s graveyard, but he certainly is not the only one to find a final resting place there. (In fact, Yeats died in Rogueburne, France, in 1939, and was re-interred in Drumcliff in 1948). One of Ireland’s favorite sons, Yeats was an accomplished author and poet, as well as founding/co-founding the Irish Literary Society (London), the National Literary Society (Dublin), and the Irish National Theatre (now the Abbey Theatre, Dublin). He also won the 1923 Noble Prize for literature, and even served in the Irish senate! As a complete bibliophile, his grave was a must-see on my list as we headed for the north of Ire...Read More

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Drumcliff Church, W. B. Yeats Grave
County Sligo
Drumcliff, Ireland

St. Patrick's Cathedral

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Attraction | "St. Patricks Cathedral"

St. Patrick's Cathedral Photo, Dublin, Ireland
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St. Patrick's Cathedral is the National Cathedral of Ireland, located in the heart of Dublin. Lore has it that St. Patrick passed through Dublin on his journeys, and at a well close to where the cathedral now stands, baptized pagans into Christianity. (You can see a spot on the church grounds showing the approximate location of that well.) To commemorate his visit, at the time, a small wooden church was built on that site. In 1191, this church was elevated to the status of cathedral, and the current cathedral building was built between 1200 and 1270. Age, religious reformation, and the elements took their toll on the building, and in the l...Read More

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
Saint Patrick's Close
Dublin, Ireland
+353 (1) 453-9472

Holy Trinity Church

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Attraction | "Holy Trinity Church of Ireland"

Holy Trinity Church Photo, Cork, Ireland
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The Holy Trinity Church in Westport (built 1868-1872) was for us an accidental discovery, but a happy one. We were walking from our B&B to downtown, and my mother and I, in our usual "hey this looks interesting let's go in here" type fashion thought we'd take a look. From a distance, Holy Trinity does not look remarkable; a rather simple layout topped with a pencil-peaked spire, this church is dressed in grey Portland stone. However, as you get closer you realize the stone is beautifully carved, particularly around the doors and windows, a prelude of the artwork within. Cannon James Hannay, rector of the parish 1892-1913, once said of the church, "it is easy to love, beautifully ...Read More

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Holy Trinity Church
Fr Mathew's Quay
Cork, Ireland
+353 21 427 0827

Clonmacnoise Cathedral

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Attraction | "Clonmacnoise"

Clonmacnoise Cathedral Photo, County Offaly, Ireland
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In the heart of Ireland, along the banks of the River Shannon in County Offaly, lies a religious site of major significance called Clonmacnoise. It is not easy to reach the site – it is close to the village of Shannonbridge and is off the beaten track – but there are mini-bus tours run from Athlone, and you can ride the Viking reproduction boat from Shannon. It is worth the effort to find. Clonmacnoise was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran (Kieran in English) in what was then the Kingdom of Meath. This was an ideal location in the heart of Celtic Ireland, handy to both road and river travel, and became the burial place for many kings of Tara and Connaught. Prince Diarmuid, who later be...Read More

Clonmacnoise Cathedral
River Shannon South of Athlone
Shannonbridge, County Offaly
+353 905 74195

Christ Church Dublin

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Exterior - Christ Church Dublin Photo, Ireland, Europe
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The Cathdral of the Holy Trinity, usually called Christ Church Dublin, is at the junctions of Christchurch Place, High Street, Winetavern Street and Nicholas Street. This may sound confusing at first until you realize that Dublin, like many Medieval cities, evolved over time, and like London, you may find yourself walking down the same street only to find it changed names in the middle. Christ Church is a few blocks north of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a few blocks west of Dublin Castle, close to the Temple Bar area. You can buy a joint ticket to see Dublina!, the historical attraction next door, or just a solo ticket. The current incarnation of Christ Church dat...Read More