Bus Tour Of The Burren

I’m really sorry that I’m a day late with this but it’s unavoidable as I can’t really report until after the fact.  We also have limited access to the internet here so I have to wait until I return to an area with access.

Yesterday we toured the Burren in a small 20 seat bus.  We began at an ancient earthen ring fort.  Our guide, Jim Hyland, provided the history of the place and shared insights as to what the living conditions must have been like in approximately 300 A.D.

Jim Hyland at the earthen ring fort

Tree at the edge of the earthen ring fort

We then travelled approximately 1 kilometer to a stone ring fort.  These ring forts housed whole families, extended families, livestock, and everything else that was necessary to feed and house people and animals.  The largest one we have seen so far measured approximately 40 meters in diameter.  It would have been a very cold, dreary existence.

smaller dwelling inside the ring fort

Each time we visit this particular ring fort we pose for pictures at the entrance.  Here is a photograph of the entire group of Arts In Ireland 3.  What follows are photographs of the individual groups divided by their residential housing.  Each A in I group has it’s own personality.  I haven’t quite figured out what the feel of this group is!!!  They are all nuts!!!

Arts In Ireland 3

Mad House AKA “The Asylum”

Hen House, AKA “The Coop”

FBI House, AKA Federal Bureau of Improvisation, AKA “Headquarters”

From the stone ring fort we travelled to Poulnabrun.  Poulnabrun is perhaps the oldest known burial site in Ireland.  It dates back to approximately 4000 BC.  Depending on who you listen to, between 28 and 31 sets of human remains were excavated from this site.  It would have been a burial tomb of a very important family in Ireland.

Poulnabrun. Dates back to 4000 BC

Onward to Bridget’s Well.  A very important religious site where a person is able to dip their hands in the waters of this well, pray for protection, good health etc., light a candle or leave a remembrance.

Inside a small enclosure near Bridget’s Well. People leave all kinds of personal photographs, beads, coins, medallions, etc.

A figure of the Virgin Mary inside Bridget’s Well.

We stopped to make another group picture at the Well.  Matthew took this one as I think it’s the 1st photograph I have ever been in on the blog in three trips!

Group at Bridget’s Well

We then drove approximately 15 minutes to the Cliffs of Moher.  The cliffs drop an amazing 600 feet to the ocean’s surface.  In 2006, there were no protective walls there, or a visitor’s center.  Since then, they have constructed a barrier to prevent people from going too close to the edge.  It is reported that an updraft took the life of one person during a storm.  They also have a visitor’s center built into the side of the cliff.

The Cliffs of Moher

Andy, Nate, and Tyler at the Cliffs

We returned to Ballyvaughan at 5:30 after a very full day.

Everyone is very busy in the studio today working on their projects.  We must take advantage of every minute.  Studio time is short and tomorrow we leave for the Aran Islands at 7:30 AM.  We will be staying on Innishmore for two days. We will return late thursday evening. Innishmore is the largest of the three Aran Islands.  Please pray for us that the weather will provide warm breezes and sunshine.  I won’t be publishing the blog again until friday as I won’t have access to the internet.  I will be taking lots of pictures however and I promise that the next blog will contain lots of information and updates.

BTW…if you click on any photograph in this blog you will enlarge it. Enjoy.