Tributary to the River Liffey high up near Sally Gap, on a cool, rainy day of arrival in Ireland.
View of Lough Tay on the way to Glendolough.
View of the partially excavated Rathgall Stone Fort ring in "Ireland's Ancient East" which has these things all over the place, most unexcavated.
Doorway into the graveyard of Aghowle Midieval Church.
The graveyard at Aghowle Church, where local residents are still buried but there are headstones and celtic crosses dating back to the 14th century.
One of the largest portal tombs in Ireland, the Brown's Hill Dolmen is right out in a field right next to a main road.
The restore colonade of the cloister at Jerpoint Abbey. You can see the original stone compared to the (sometimes not very elegant) restoration from the 1950s.
View from the cloister courtyard towards the main residence hall at Jerpoint Abbey.
Main tower at Jerpoint Abbey, still in excellent condition.
Example of some of the fine exterior carving at Jerpoint Abbey, which is what the site is most famous for.
Unlike castles, the abbeys did not need tremendously thick walls so could have relatively large windows.
Well protected interior crypt area of Jerpoint Abbey. The tower has lasted long and well enough that many of the interior features are well preserved.
Fine carving on a stone casket/crypt inside Jerpoint Abbey.
Some of the original plaster and painting around the altar at Jerpoint Abbey still survives 500+ years after it was last used by a religious order.
Main area of Jerpoint Abbey, with stainless steel plaque explaning the various phases of build and occupation at the site.
Interior archway in the kitchen area of Jerpoint Abbey. Much of the mortar is eroded away but the design of arches can last quite long based on pressure.
View of the unheralded Kilcooley Abbey, out in the middle of a farmer's fielded with no crowds or people to speak of.
The dovecot at Kilcooley Abbey, mainly used as poultry for the hospital services provided by the abbey (the monks did not eat meat.)
Very well preserved interior of the main section of Kilcooley Abbey. The site was in use until the late 1700s as a summer home home for the local lord.
As the roof and archways are all intact, the carved stone coffin lids have survived the elements very well at Kilcooley Abbey.
Intricate carving on the stone coffins inside the abbey.