Ireland

Below are galleries of different areas I visited in Ireland.  Each gallery contains a group of images for perusal.  Click on the gallery image (the gallery title is just below the image) to open and view all the images.

“The Emerald Isle”, situated in the North Atlantic, has mild, moist, rainy, changeable weather characteristic of temperate oceanic climate.  The warming North Atlantic current keeps the coastline ice free in winter’s moderate climate.

Even the most casual visitor is aware of topography created by geologic processes.  A few areas in southeastern Ireland were not heavily glaciated. However, where stone fences dot the countryside glacial deposits are clearly evident.   Areas that favor agriculture and landscapes with poor soil and very rocky terrain primarily for livestock (sheep, cows, Connemara ponies, etc) are the result of geologic processes..

The cultural and religious history of the people of Ireland is well documented and fascinating. It is reported that people migrated from a land bridge from Britain as early as 7000 BC.  The burial site at Poulnabrone dates back to between 4200 BC to 2900 BC, and the burial site at Newgrange dates back to 3200 BC.  Newgrange is older than Stonehenge in England and the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.

All over Ireland in towns and cities which existed from ancient, medieval and other historic times remains of castles, abbeys, monasteries, convents, cemeteries and other historic sites are visible alongside modern structures.