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A landscape of legends

April 22, 2015

Nowhere is history and legend more interwoven than in the west of Ireland.
Here the ancient raths – the mounds and stone circles where the pre-Christian people worshipped the old gods – are treated with the same respect as the holy wells, where people still go to be healed of different ailments.
Here in Mayo, the historical figure of St Patrick – brought to Ireland from Wales as a slave – battled the old gods and personally met with the queen of the Tuatha de Danaan.

 

 A brooding landscape

 A tree growing from a Holy Well. Visitors looking for favours usually leave something on the tree.

 A collapsed Court tomb in use over a thousand years before the Christian era by the side of the road.

 Insode a sea cave at low tide.

 

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