Ireland

Visiting the Hill of Slane in County Meath, Ireland

The Hill of Slane in the Boyne Valley is within sight of the Hill of Tara.  Rumored to be a spot where St. Patrick lit a Pascal fire in 433 A.D., the Hill of Slane currently has the ruins of a friary church, including a 62-foot high early gothic tower.  The friary was abandoned in 1723 but the adjoining churchyard contains new burials.

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Tanya Marsh


Visiting Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin

I had the opportunity visit Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland last week.  The Cathedral was founded around 1028, improved for centuries, and extensively renovated in the late 1800s.  Like other medieval European churches, burials can be found throughout the building and grounds.

The nave of the Church contains the tomb of Richard de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, better known as "Strongbow," an English lord who participated in the Norman invasion of England.  Strongbow died in 1176.

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There are also remains underneath the floors;

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and in the walls;

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and in the crypt.

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Tanya Marsh