While driving through the west of Ireland, we came upon this ruined Monastery. It was build by St. Coleman in 610 A.D. in a place now called Kilmacduagh, after the Saint, himself..( Kil means cell and Mac Duagh is Coleman's surname.) It lies between Ennis and Galway.
The round tower is the tallest in Ireland at 110 feet. These were used as places for the monks to hide when the Vikings or others tried to do them harm. they were also used as bell towers. This one leans to some degree and as been compared to the Leaning tower of Pisa.
The main building is the remains of a Cathedral and the smaller one is a churches and the square one the Abbott's residence.
The church yard is filled with graves, many very old, some quite current and several have generation after generation listed upon them.
This is a view into the Cathedral. I liked the receding arches. It is said that there are a number of carvings within, but the place was chained the day I was there.
If interested, there is much more information here:
The place seemed just a little more special to us because my wife has relatives who live not so very far from this site named Coleman, whom we have spent great time with in past visits.
OK, now on the 3rd, we will resume postings about Vietnam memorials, so join me then, as always at 9:00am.