There is a tactility with ruins; the stone seems to invite touch. When you graze your hand against the ancient stone out of which these buildings are crafted, it seems as though there is a cosmic connection with those who touched the same stone way back in time.
Over the years I have shot many photographs of castles and ruins in Ireland; here are a dozen of my favourite images. Be sure to stop by Alan and Kat's blog Sepia Saturday, and perhaps you'll be inspired too.
|The Rock of Cashel, County Tipperary.|
The round tower is the oldest building on the site, dating to 1100.
|Castle Dunguaire, a 16th century 'tower house' on the shores of Galway Bay, County Galway.|
I've no idea who the happy couple are.
|Swords Castle is right in the middle of downtown Swords, County Dublin, and dates to the 13th century.|
|Hoare Abbey, County Tipperary.|
Occupied from the 13th century (1270),
it stands just over the wall from the Rock of Cashel.
|The main Keep of Athlone Castle at the very centre of the castle. |
Built on the River Shannon in the 13th century (1210), it is officially in Westmeath,
but is on the border between County Westmeath and County Roscommon.
|Not exactly a castle I realize, but nonetheless interesting given that it is an Iron Age stone hut |
just down the hill from the passage tomb at Newgrange, County Meath.
|St. Kevin's Church and Kitchen,|
part of the Monastic Settlement at Glendalough, County Wicklow.
The settlement dates to the 6th century.
|St. Reefert's Church, Upper lake, Glendalough, County Wicklow dates to the 11th century.|
|A last look before departing the 'ruined' neighbourhood of|
the Monastic Settlement at Glendalough, County Wicklow.
All Photographs Copyright©irisheyesjg2008-2013.