by the sea 2

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Today Hannah took me on an excellent driving tour across the county border into Waterford, to a town whose name I forgot (Something “Bay,” it started with a W), then Ardmore and Youghal (pronounced “yawl”).

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Ardmore was the hometown of Saint Declan, who’s considered responsible for bringing Christianity to the area around 400 AD, before Patrick showed up. The cliffs outside of town have a spectacular trail, which leads along the coast and then cuts inland past a well-preserved round tower.

Crosses scratched by visitors in the wall near St Declan's Well.

Crosses scratched by visitors in the wall near St Declan's Well.

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The wreck of a crane ship which was beached during a storm while being towed from Liverpool to Malta.

The wreck of a crane ship which was beached during a storm while being towed from Liverpool to Malta.

This was a coast guard watch tower during WWII. I thought about taking a pic while dramatically scanning the horizon, but I chose dignity.

This was a coast guard watch tower during WWII. I thought about taking a pic while dramatically scanning the horizon, but I chose dignity.

The round tower, which apparently stored important religious documents, and/or Rapunzel. The door is 4m off the ground.

The round tower, which apparently stored important religious documents, and/or Rapunzel. The door is 4m off the ground.

The carvings on the outer ruins of the church by the tower, featuring Biblical scenes.

The carvings on the outer ruins of the church by the tower, featuring Biblical scenes.

Close-up of the detail of Adam and Eve.

Close-up of the detail of Adam and Eve.

Next stop, Youghal. By now the weather had caught up with us. Youghal, or Eochaill in Irish, was home to Sir Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle, father of Robert Boyle and thus the grandfather of chemistry.

Sir Walter Raleigh's house, currently abandoned and probably haunted.

Sir Walter Raleigh's house, currently abandoned and probably haunted.

Raaarrr.

Raaarrr.

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7 thoughts on “by the sea 2

    • The carvings were awesome! I wish there had been a little plaque IDing the different stories – we thought the one in the top of the right-hand arch was King Herod, but according to Wikipedia it’s the judgment of Solomon.

  1. Oh oh oh, have you ever taken the ferry in Seattle? That crane looks a lot like the big loading cranes for the cargo barges, but that spot is impractical if anything. Sometimes stuff like that can float from other places (I know it sounds crazy). There are these large pieces of concrete that float from the naval base here to various beaches because they are filled with foam or hollow (or some other such floating business), so they are intended to float, but you would never suspect that they could.

    • Oh, yeah, it kinda does. The guide does say it just washed ashore after wrecking somewhere, but still, it’s crazy that it’s stayed there for that long.

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