County Kerry, Ireland 2016


Thursday 28th April 8:45 am
St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, Co Kerry, 19th Century

St. Mary’s Cathedral (1842-1855) is considered to be one of the most important and best Gothic Revival churches of the nineteenth century in Ireland. The spire and nave were completed by the Irish Architects Ashlin and Coleman of Dublin. Masses are broadcast online each day. With the accoustics so remarkable, many of our Oneness-Dream Ireland recordings were made here, our voices wonderfully amplified under the high vaults of the roof.


Thursday 28th April 9:45 am
Muckross Abbey, Killarney, Co Kerry, 15th Century

Muckross Abbey is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor. It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often subjected to raids by marauding groups and were persecuted by Cromwellian forces under Lord Ludlow. Today the abbey is largely roofless although, apart from this, is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard containing a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it became the burial place for prominent County Kerry poets O’Donoghue, Ó Rathaille and Ó Súilleabháin.


Thursday 28th April 4:00 pm
Galluras Oratory, Dingle Peninusula, Co Kerry, 6th Century

The Gallarus Oratory located on the Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland’s most famous landmarks. It’s simple and stunning shape has been compared to that of an upturned boat. Every stone in it’s construction has been carefully cut and smoothly finished, thus allowing rainwater to run off. This high level of craftsmanship has allowed this building to withstand the Irish elements in near perfect shape for well over 1000 years! It has been suggested that ‘Gall Aras’ translates to mean ‘The house or shelter for foreigners’ (or pilgrims). It’s construction date is unknown and may lie anywhere between the 6th and 12th centuries. According to local legend, if a person climbs out of the oratory via the window, their soul will be cleansed.

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