Take me to church…

I don’t know what it is about exploring these magnificent churches, but I just cant get enough.  The other day I was sure a church was trying to lure me in, it had candles everywhere all leading into the church, with a guy playing the guitar and to top it off, it had banners about pope Francis everywhere, but alas I was on the opposite side of the road on a busy traffic day.   I talked about all the way home, but the churches don’t even have to be as pushy as that one, with all the statues, architecture and stained glass, I just want to storm into every single one I see.  Most of these churches have beautiful parks to take long walks in and really just admire the beauty of Ireland, and don’t even get me started on the graveyards! I’m all for a walk back into time and reading tombstones of people who once were, who are a part of someone’s heritage and family history.

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^^ towering building.

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^^ St Patrick’s Cathedral

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^^ a huge tour group in the background.

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^^ We hardly go inside these buildings.  I just never want to pay.  Yeah, we cheap it out too the max.

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^^Yes, that is a flannel shirt around my waist.

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^^ The archangel right at the top.

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^^ I don’t know what this bell did, but he seemed to have gone to bell prison.

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^^ That window!

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I would say the churches of Ireland are a must see, but everywhere you look is a church way grander than the next.  Just go for a walk and you will see a magnificent church on every corner!

St Mary’s Collegiate Church

and we are back in Dublin! After a long day of bus travel,  and cleaning the most disgusting apartment, we are finally settled in and ready to get exploring! but before I start talking about all the wonders of Dublin let’s not forget Youghal!

It was a sad goodbye leaving our home of 3 weeks, I will forever remember how clean it was, and the beautiful seaside town of Youghal, but my favourite thing in Youghal is definitely St Mary’s church! The oldest church still in service is a wonder to the eyes and imagination, surrounded by town walls that were used by the British to protect the town on the attacks of the native Irish.  These walls are the second longest stretch of town walls surviving in Ireland.  Its a magical experience standing on the town walls looking out on the ocean, the town and the beautiful church.  After the town walls, you can explore the graveyard filled with old tombstones dating back to way before you were born, unless you were a vampire.  Its great to walk around and see how loved these people were,  its family history that’s just too beautiful to miss.  The best is always saved for last and the church is surely the best part.  This church is huge, amazing details everywhere, stained glass to die for and just a beautiful place to explore.  This church would make a believer out of the biggest atheist around.

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^^ Town walls ready to be raided by us.

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^^ Small entrances.

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^^ Gothic poetry was made to be written here.  Just call me Nightwing.

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^^ The view from the wall.

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^^ Can you read this?

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^^ creepy, yet cool.

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^^ Carl looks like an art student.

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^^The view from the top.

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^^ Stained glass and a pompom.

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^^ Even the floor is pretty.

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^^ Stories told on glass.

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^^ more…

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^^ Crows everywhere, just to add a touch of melancholy.IMG_0157new

 

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^^ nature.

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^^ because daffodils.

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^^ I look angelic.

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^^ walking everywhere.

We’ve been to so many graveyards lately, Carl even joked and said we should do a series called the graveyards of Ireland.