This Inis Mor Ireland Note Card shows one of my favorite places in Ireland by the water. The stone facade offers a glimpse of the past and a view into another world. I decided to offer these cards on a larger scale since many of you have requested prints and cards of my photography and artwork. I am also available for family photo shoots. You may contact me here.
Oh, the trees. So much of this trip was about the trees.
It was such a gift – this special introduction to Ireland – and all I can say about Glenda is that we’ll be friends for life. We clicked like two quiet peas in a pod.
Back in Dublin, I had to come out of my turtle shell as I joined 43 people in the Sacred Ireland tour group. I had met a few of the women at a retreat last year in Montauk, so I didn’t feel completely out of my comfort zone.
I instinctively sat down next to a fellow introvert on the bus the first day and her calming presence helped to keep me centered the whole trip. And can I just add how patient she was with all of my fussing in and out of my bag, dropping things, camera in, camera out, etc. etc.? You know those people on planes – well, I’m one of them.
It was an amazing, fun group of people, with storyteller Kathleen at the helm. Her Irish roots and deep unwavering love of the land and all things sacred made the trip so much more than just a bus tour.
We covered a lot of ground in Ireland – from Dublin all the way to Dingle, and umpteen places in between.
We visited ancient cairns (burial sites) that dot the countryside.
From Lonely Planet
“Almost nothing is known about the people who built the massive Iron Age stone structures on Inishmór and Inishmaan. These sites are commonly referred to as ‘forts’, but are actually believed to have served as pagan religious centres. In folklore, the forts are said to have been built by the Firbolgs, a Celtic tribe who invaded Ireland from Europe in prehistoric times.
It is believed that people came to the islands to farm, which was a major challenge given the rocky terrain. Early islanders augmented their soil by hauling seaweed and sand up from the shore. People also fished the surrounding waters on long currachs (rowing boats made of a framework of laths covered with tarred canvas), which remain a symbol of the Aran Islands.”