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Achill Island - County Mayo, Ireland Achill Island

Island in the West of Ireland -County Mayo.  The place of many tragedies, hit hard by the famine.  Home of Grace O'Malley, the Pirate Queen and once home to St. Dymphna, patron saint of the mentally ill.

            
the Burren - Poulnabrone Dolmen The Burren
Located in County Clare in the West of Ireland, this place derives its name from the Gaelic word "bhoireann" meaning 'stony place'.  Very rocky with the look of a moonscape.  Home of the Poulnabrone Dolmen.
              
  The Rock of Cashel - County Tiperary Cashel
The Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary in the Muenster Province (southern Ireland).  Former home of the Kings of Muenster.  Once a strong -hold for the great Brian Boru, High King of Ireland.  Now a ruin and cemetery.  Breathtaking views ... a very "thin place."
     
Clonmacnoise - County Offaly - St, Kieran's resting place Clonmacnoise
Site of open of the most famous monasteries in Ireland - once a great school of learning founded by St. Ciaran.  It lies in the Central part of Ireland in County Offaly

ARTICLE:  St. Ciaran's Clonmacnoise - Crosses, Tombs and Ruins on the Shannon River.

         
Crough Patrick - The Reek - County Mayo Croagh Patrick
"The Reek" - The Holy Mountain of St. Patrick, located in County Mayo.  Here St. Patrick spent 40 days fasting and praying.  For a complete view see Michael Mullen's article -   "Croagh Patrick - a Perspective."
      
Glen Columbkille - County Donegal - pilgrimage Glen Columbkille
a place of pilgrimage in the North West of Ireland in County Donegal.  Name derives from the 'glen of Columbkille' in honor of St. Columbkille (Columba) who was born near this site and founded many monasteries in Ireland.  A pilgrims walk with 15 stations runs through the glen.  Each station has an ancient marker.
      
Glendalough - St. Kevin's Ancient City Glendalough
Ancient city County Wicklow founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.  Monastic ruins, round towers and graves are some of the remnants of the ancient city in "the valley of two lakes".
         
Inis Mor - Aran Islands - West of Ireland Inis Mor
One of the three Aran Islands in the West of Ireland in County Galway.  Home of the most famous cliff-fort in all of Europe - Dun Aonghusa - situated on the edge of a 100 meter sheer cliff edge.
      
Kildare - St. Brigid's Monastic Settlement Kildare
Home of the most famous woman saint in Ireland - St. Brigid.  It was here that she founded her monastery for both men and women.  Her ministry continues to the present.  This is a  site with  several holy wells.

Tobar Bride - St. Brigid's Holy Well

       

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