Remembering Ireland: Galway and Corcomroe Abbey
|On the train to Galway.|
Good morning! It's Monday, and we have three more installments of Remembering Ireland to go. Let's get this one going.
Our first stop was at Hazel Mountain Chocolate farm. Nestled in the Burren, this 300-year-old farm gives tourists a hiking detour up in the hills of the Burren. As I had sprained my knee on the Bunratty Castle stairs, I elected not to take the hike, as did my best friend, and the German girl. The bus driver told us that since we weren't taking the hike that he could drive us down the road to Corcomroe Abbey for a quick visit, so we jumped on the chance.
Corcomroe Abbey was a monastery that was established, sometime in the early 13th Century (1205 approx.), by Cistercian monks. Tucked away in the Burren, it's not far from the Cliffs of Moher. Now, I have to tell you that this entire day was a stroke of luck from the get-go. It rains frequently in Ireland, and this day was no different. However, it stopped shortly after we arrived and stayed away until right before we got back on the bus. Incidentally, when we got back to our bus, three larger tour buses pulled in while the rain came pouring back down. Not only did we get relief from the rain to see this beautiful place, but we didn't get overrun by the massive influx of other tourists that stopped there as we were leaving. Lucky, no?
|Exterior shot of the Abbey and outside cemetery.|
|The door of the main entrance.|
|A view just inside the doorway.|
|A grave from 1682.|
|A view from an old window that looks out onto the Burren.|
|Someone leaves flowers for an older grave|