Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Section of the wall of Tuam

The above archway is centuries old and once formed part of the wall around the town of Tuam County Galway. How old exactly it is, I am unsure of, but given that the walls of Derry, built between 1613 and 1618 are Europe's youngest walls, we can presume this archway is considerably older. It was taken from Tuam by the Handcock family, who owned much of the town and who resided here at Carantryla. The archway formed part of the orchard. Carantryla house itself  was demolished, possibly in the 1940s and it now nothing  more than a memory.

My thanks to Eamonn Boyle for guiding me there and to the Hessian family for allowing me access.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Adergoole Stone Cross

The remains of Adergoole Stone Cross, Dunmore, County Galway. It is believed to be 12th century and is the oldest High Cross in the Galway region.

Menlo Monument, Galway City

Menlo is a small village, on the shores of Lough Corrib  upstream from the city. This particular monument was built to commemorate a visit by King James II, around 1690.
It is believed that his army set up camp in Menlo and stayed for a number of months, while awaiting more favourable weather conditions. The road is known as Monument Road.