All Hallows Grounds with a changing into autumn tree, for me the end of a interesting venture on the green isle, guided by my inner third eye and this map. (Signs and street numbers are not part of the clear heritage of roads based on cow paths. Just started postal codes here. :-)
Swan with a star ribbon at the base of the sculpture.
From here Eugene led me to a favorite quiet lake, Lough Derravaragh, where white quiet swans trolled the waters, and no other humans were around. Likely the most meditative spot I experienced in all of Ireland.
After settling in for a bit here for a rest and with a centering ceremony....Eugene took me to a Franciscan Chapel at Multyfarnham . Now an evolving center that now is socially engaged in dealing with Autism and other social concerns in addition to having a chapel that has modern windows reflecting the story of the Children of Lir, which is an evocative story that connects me to the myths and poetry of the people here.
Mary prepared tea for us and I took a cigarette offering to to add to my prayer bundle. I had read about burning peat, and Mary fed the stove with peat bricks, like these brown bricks that are commonly burned in this part of Ireland.
Having discerned I needed to get grounded in water today, I liked the window of the fish, the hogan oyate in D/Lakota - father Eugene could read to Gaelic here.
Second single Swan Window
Faces of the Four Children of Lir with Gaelic.
The Franciscan Friary, like the Catholic Church in general, seems to be looking for new avenues to attract an increasingly disenchanted public and we talked about the cultural shadow here in Ireland.
Round tower of Clonmacnoise, begun in 545 by St Kieran. His day is Sept 9, interesting to note.
Current active gravesites, as Fr Eugene says "The Irish are very much involved with remembering their dead relatives" With family keeping beauty to honor their loved ones on the other side.
Here is where Eugene and I shared a spontaneous dinner overlooking the River Shannon, in Shannon Bridge near the Clonmacnoise Monastic site. My final Smithwick's Blonde with a T bone steak! Good Irish "bo" protein.