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Living in Namibia I miss European trees and woodland. This shot is a personal favourite. Walking down to Muckross Abbey in the Killarney National Park we passed through a small stand of Beech trees. The day was overcast and damp and the leaf litter had a wonderful earthy smell. Simple I know but the picture reminds me of one of the things I miss from home.

The Franciscan friary of Irrelagh, now known as Muckross Abbey was founded for the Observatine Franciscans about 1448 by Daniel McCarthy Mor. The friars remained in occupation at Muckross at least intermittently and despite the dissolution of the monasteries until Cromwellian times. The present well-preserved ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey. Muckross Abbey was the burial place of local chieftains, and in the 17th and 18th centuries, the three Gaelic poets, Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain. The graveyard in the grounds surrounding the Abbey is still in use with a number of burials there each year.

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  • Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2661 W: 72 N: 6475] (29422)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-09-12
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/30 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-21 23:30
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