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“Ashford Gate” ~ During a stroll along the lakeside of the medieval curtain wall at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland, I came upon this wonderful wrought iron gate.
Read more on my blog, "Galway, Part III"
“Ashford Tricolour “ ~ As viewed from beyond the curtain wall, the Irish tricolour flies atop the west wing of Ashford Castle in County Mayo, Ireland.
Read more about Ashford Castle on IRElogue.
“Gate of Cong Abbey” ~ A gothic entryway into Cong Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland. Cong Abbey is a monastic site built in the 1120 with the support of the High King of Ireland, Turlough O’Connor. The last High King of Ireland Rory O’Connor died here in 1198, with many of his descendants being buried on the site. An estimated 3,000 monks lived here at any given time, with the Abbots themselves being accomplished in poetry, sculpture, and even harp making.