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Thursday to Galway

First to 5,000 year old Temple/Burial ground of Nowth & Newgrange (B

sunny 55 °F

Today we took to bus to airport, picked up hire car at Avis. It’s a Skoda, a subsidiary of VW, built in eastern Europe. I asked for the diesel with standard transmission, and I’m happy to say, doing just fine with shifting with the left hand. The curbs seem to jump out at you, however.

We drove back to cottage & took overnight bags. Cottage parking was so tight Robin had to get out and guide me, and it took about 10 back and forths.

The cottage is near downtown and near to the port, so, in short order, we were headed north on the M (Motorway or Interstate) headed towards Belfast. About an hour outside town, we came to the ancient burial sites of Knowth and Newgrange.

These date back about 5,000 years; or, 1,000 years prior to Stonehenge. Knowth was a tomb site, whilst Newgrange was more of a temple. Newgrange is a World Heritage Site. This is where the temple mound was built with a narrow cave entrance, and is completely dark, except for a few days at the Winter Solstice. As the sun breaks, it floods the cave walkway and fills the center of the temple with light.

Interestingly enough, it is built in cruciform shape. Think of it: a Trinity of shape and of thought (birth, death, life everlasting) 3,000 years before Christ. They followed the same pattern for burial as we do: the remains are brought into the Church, prayers are said, and the remains are carried for to their final resting place.

Late afternoon, drove to Galway; Seamus, our Garmin GPS gave out. We were able to find it the old fashioned way: using maps and a mobile phone to the front desk to talk us the last bit.

It was a fast Motorway all the way, (120KPH/75MPH), and most were driving far faster than this. It was sparsely populated, and there were very few exits. We arrived at a nice hotel in central Galway, and drove round about 8 times before we found the carpark. We checked in, had a light supper, and then had a quiet walkabout the town.

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Posted by stbrides 12:01 Archived in Ireland

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