My wife, Sue, Nancy and Rita, outside Moran's of the Weir seafood restaurant in Kilcolgan county Galway last evening.
They arrived yesterday, Rita and Nancy, and last night we had our first sample of the best of Irish food at this world famous restaurant. If you like your fish or seafood, there is no better place than this. There is also a fine selection of alternatives if you are not a fish lover. The ladies had arrived yesterday morning to Dublin airport and then it was on to Galway. Last night they stayed in the quaint little town of Kinvara where they are once again tonight.
Today we made our way to the ancient and historic monastic settlement at Clonmacnoise.
Rita and Nancy at Clonmacnoise
The small chapel with the arched doorway is the site of the grave of St Ciaran. You can see one of the old round towers in the background on the left, with the River Shannon further on.
Inside the cathedral church with one of the famous Clonmacnoise high Celtic crosses in the background through the arched doorway.
Rita and Nancy with the other round tower in the background.
The cemetery here is quiet large and has many smaller Celtic crosses, as you can see here.
Today was a really nice day, despite a not so good forecast, and we were fortunate to have sunshine while we were here at Clonmacnoise.
This monastic settlement was founded in the middle of the sixth century by St Ciaran and is world renowned for its contribution to Christianity, and history in general. It was attacked many times by various peoples, the Vikings some eight times, and finally destroyed by the English in the sixteenth hundreds.
Tomorrow we begin our journey to the south where we will spend St Patrick's day in Killarney.
I hope to Blog again to keep you up to date as we go.