Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The foundation of Clonmacnoise with St Ciarán on the left and Diarmait mac Cerbaill on the right, whom Ciarán foretold would become High king of Ireland which came to pass. Diarmait was the last High King who took part in the banfheis to marriage to the Goddess of the land.
The North Cross which has a disputed depiction. The figure is possibly Cernunnos, the horned God of the woods, also found on the Gundestrup cauldron.
Aodh (pronounced like 'eh'), son of the chief of Oriel and the first recorded pilgrim to Clonmacnoise. He died on arrival in the year 606.
The remains of a Norman castle which guarded the Shannon crossing. It was blown up by English parliamentarian soldiers in the 17th century. Only when nine red haired Egan maidens dance around it will it crumble entirely.
One of two round towers at the site. This particular one
was destroyed by lightning in 1024.