There is an ancient place almost smack dab in the middle of Ireland, right along the shore of the Shannon River called Clonmacnoise. Located just south of Athlone in the County of Offaly, it features some of the most beautiful hand crafted Celtic Crosses you could ever imagine.
Built and founded around 548AD, what started out as a Christian monastery later becoming a community with seven churches, a cathedral and two towers to protect the people from being attacked is now an amazing tourist spot rich in history and heritage. The majority of buildings there are ruins but had been used as late as 1979 for church services.
Some of the gravestones have been there almost 1500 years which can be told evidenced by how they stood up in the Irish weather over the years. Some are hard to read being as old as they are.
Others have multiple family members buried in the same spot. It was interesting trying to figure out when people were born based on how they wrote on the stones back then.. no born on date. I can only imagine the stories from this place if the walls could talk..
So many stories of battles and anguish from this sacred ground, it was almost surprising to hear a positive legend that if people took the ground on which the building below stood and put it in their crop, that they would have a tremendous crop that year.
Being that pictures tell a thousand words....I had to share..