2005-07-20 Ireland Trip 3
By the Irish sea on the way to Glendalough
Gotta have flowers!
This is the gate to Bono's home from the very popular rock group, U2. Notice the sheet music behind the gate! In the book, Bono in Conversation, by Michka Assayas, Bono says, "But I'd be in big trouble if Karma was going to finally be my judge, it doesn't excuse my mistakes, but I'm holding out for Grace. I'm holding out that Jesus took my sins onto the Cross, because I know who I am, and I hope I don't have to depend on my own religiosity...it's not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven"
Way to go, Bono!
The castle on the left hill is the famous singer Enya's home.
St. Kevin's Cross at Glendalough
"I arise today
Through the power of the Trinity
Through faith in the threeness,
Through trust in the oneness,
Of the Maker of earth,
And the Maker of heaven"
-from St. Patrick's Breastplate
Glendalough, valley of the two lakes, is one of the most beautiful spots in Ireland. One can understand why the abbots and monks stuck around this place!
The thistle is the national emblem of Scotland, and is found here as well. Braveheart fans, remember what Marion gave William Wallace, her husband to-be?!
The towers, where the monks would hide their treasures and precious manuscripts whenever anyone was invading them, such as the Vikings.
The entrance is high above the ground and they would pull the ladder in after them!
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." -Prov. 18:10
This lovely valley is where "Braveheart" was filmed, running up and down the mountains, and is right next to the Guiness property.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake."...Psalm 23
This property belongs to the Guiness Brewery family, complete with sand like material brought in from the U.S.A. to make it look like a beach!
Could I just stay here awhile, please!