Yesterday was the final day of my tour with the Rasmussens, and it was a special one, as we went to Kells in County Meath to visit the town where the Sweeney side of Pat's family came from before they departed for the USA. Here you see Pat and Bruce in the grounds of the old Abbey in Kells, with the old round tower in the background.
Pat and Bruce, in the cemetery in the grounds of the Abbey, standing in front of the remains of one of the old Celtic crosses. This cross had lost the upper section, more than likely broken off by Cromwell.
A more or less intact cross in the same cemetery. God only knows how old these crosses are, but they date back to the early Christian centuries.
Pat and Bruce, pictured at the Market cross in the centre of Kells. This large Celtic cross has been damaged, with a section of the top having been knocked off by Cromwell and his soldiers. This was common practice for this tyrant, and the results of his destructive practices can been seen in many abbeys and churches around the country. The large building in the background is the courthouse.
This informative plaque was fixed to the wall at the front of the courthouse.
It was here in St John's cemetery that we found a Sweeney's grave. With the tiny amount of information available to us at this time we cannot say for certain that these Sweeneys are members of Pat's family, but it is very likely that they are at least related to Pat's family.
Pat, kneeling in front of the Sweeney family plot, where a number of members of that family are interred.
Finally, the Grafton Capital Hotel, right in the centre of Dublin, and close to all the important sites in this historic city. This is one of my favourite hotels, and is quiet nice, and reasonable. It is not five star, but comfortable, and the food is excellent....and for me, location is primary ...after decent and acceptable hotel standards.
Well, i bade my sad goodbyes to Pat and Bruce, after what, for me at least, was a really nice time in their very pleasant company. We shared a lot, and i have many more memories to add to my treasure trove of same.
Thank you sincerely, Pat and Bruce, and enjoy your river cruise in Europe. Make sure to stay in touch.
Your pal in Ireland