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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ireland - Day 2, Part 2

Dan got back from the office at 6:45 but he won't just have dinner and call it a day when he is in another country.  There's too much to see and who knows when or if we will every be back together.  So we set off on another adventure.

Here  I am standing in front of St. Patrick's grave (which is located in the cemetery at Down Cathedral in DownPatrick).  A cross as well as "Patrick" is engraved on the top of the big rock.  It is fading away so it's hard to read. But considering he died in 461, I guess that's not bad for a gravestone that is 1,550 years old! 

Next we drove to Legananny in search of the Leganany Dolmen.  We drove on lots of secondary two lane roads that would be considered a one lane road in the US.  After driving through the hills, past lots of sheep and walking up a stone footpath, we finally found it!

The Legananny Dolmen is 5000 years old!   Dolmens would have been covered with earth or small stones but in many cases the earth has worn away leaving just the large pillar stones and the capstone.  

I think all of the dolmen (dolmens?) are cool.  They sort of have a Stonehenge feel to them.  

Luckily for us, the days in Ireland are very long right now and it doesn't get dark until 10:00!  The pictures above were taken around 8:00pm.

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