Ireland Country Images

Ireland image of thatch cottage in Co Sligo

An Irish thatch cottage in the North West of Ireland, Co Sligo, with the Ben Bulben mountains (height 1730ft.) in the background.
The Knocknarea mountain with Queen Maeve's burial mound is located at the foot of Ben Bulben & the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) is at the nearby Drumcliffe churchyard.

Old Ireland picture of turf cutting in Mayo, with Croach Patrick mountain in background

Irish 1960's image of turf cutting near Westport County Mayo Ireland, with the Croach Patrick mountain (2510ft) in the background.
In ancient Celtic pre-Christian times it was known as Sliabh Aigli & the Celtic harvest festival of Luanasa was celebrated at the quartzite mountain peak.
The patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, is said to have spent the 40 days of Lent fasting there in AD 441. To this day Irish Christians walk barefoot up the mountain to the small chapel at the summit on the last Sunday of July as an annual penance & pilgrimage to St. Patrick.

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