S: Ireland July 2012
1: Ireland July 2012 | Newgrange was built with sophisticated knowledge of science and astronomy between 3100 and 2900 BC -- more than five hundred years before the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, and a thousand years before Stonehenge. It consists of large mound, built of alternating layers of earth and stones, with a passageway opening into 4 inner chambers -- and has been speculated to have some form of religious significance because it is aligned with the rising sun, which floods the stone room with light on the winter solstice.
2: Entrance stone with megalithic art | Plan and section of inner passage and chambers
3: 19th century manor house located on the banks of the River Maigue in the village of Adare, County Limerick, Ireland, the former seat of the Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl.
6: Adare Manor Golf Club Last major golf course designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. An 18-hole Championship Course, it was opened in 1995.
15: Desmond Castle | erected with an ancient ring-fort, around the early part of the 13th century. It was the property of the Earls of Kildare for nearly 300 years until the rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond who gave the castle its present name.
16: "Ireland's prettiest village"
17: Happy Fourth of July
18: The Augustinian Priory was founded in 1316 by John FitzThomas FitzGerald, 1st Earl of Kildare..
19: Trinitarian Monastery | The Trinitarian Order established their only monastery in Ireland in Adare in 1230.
20: Cliffs of Moher
22: Branaunmore sea stack
28: Leamaneh Castle | O'Brien's Tower
29: Kilfenora Cathedral
30: The Burren
33: The Portal Tomb
34: The Muirineach
36: Inisheer (Aran Islands)
41: Plassey Wreck
42: Rock of Cashel spectacular group of Medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century round tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century Castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars Choral.. | The Rock, called Cashel of the Kings – Cashel is Irish for stronghold.
44: In the twelfth century, a high cross, now known as "St. Patrick's Cross," was erected at Cashel to commemorate 800 years since St. Patrick's visit. | Oldest and tallest of the buildings is the well preserved round tower90 feet), dating from c.1100. Its entrance is 12 feet from the ground, necessitated by a shallow foundation (about 3 feet) typical of round towers.
45: 12th-century painting and sculpted heads on the chancel ceiling | Sarcophagus with Scandinavian designs | Cormac's Chapel Interior
46: Cashel Irlanda
47: Hore Abbey from the Rock | Former Benedictine abbey at Hore was given to the Cistercians by Archbishop David MacCearbhaill (in 1270), who later entered the monastery. He endowed the Abbey generously with land, mills and other benefices previously belonging to the town.
48: Cahir Castle | Built in the 13th century on a site of an earlier native fortification called a cathair (stone fort), which gave its name to the place. It is one of the largest castles in Ireland -- sited on an island in the river Suir.
49: Inside "banquet" area
53: Traditional Irish Pub
54: Dingle Peninsula
59: Reclaimed and Raw Land To make land farmable, tenants had to pick out stones and pile them into fences, bring sand up and seaweed to nourish the clay and make soil for growing potatoes. | Before the famine, 40,000 people lived on Dingle Peninsula. After the famine, the population was so small that there was no need to reclaim any more land. Today, only 10,000 people call the peninsula home.
62: Far and Away
64: Built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. With sixty-five rooms, it was built in the Tudor style. Extensive improvements were undertaken in the 1850s in preparation for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861.
74: Cobh (formerly Queenstown) last port of call of RMS Titanic
75: White Star Line office and boarding dock
85: Blarney House (built in 1874)
87: Trinity College Library Largest library in Ireland. As a "copyright library", it has legal deposit rights for material published in the Republic of Ireland; it is also the only Irish library to hold such rights for the United Kingdom. | The Long Room | Trinity College Harp (Brian Boru's Harp) Dated to the 14th or 15th century and along with the Queen Mary Harp and the Lamont Harp, is one of the only three surviving medieval Gaelic harps.
90: Powerscourt Waterfall
91: Powerscourt Golf Club
92: Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt
94: Goodbye Ireland