Clonmacnoise on the River Shannon

No matter whom I asked, all advisors pointed me toward a visit to Clonmacnoise, a ruin on the banks of the River Shannon in the Irish Midlands. Located at the junction of the Shannon and a major trade route on an ancient esker (high deposits of gravel formed in the wake of receding glaciers . . . → Read More: Clonmacnoise on the River Shannon

An old flour mill on the canal

On my way to the ruins of Clonmacnoise, I came to a very small but steep bridge over a canal, and stopped for a photo of the canal. The bridge was stone, one lane, and rose up severely, and then back down on the opposite side of the canal. While I was out of . . . → Read More: An old flour mill on the canal

A rural Irish petting zoo

Leaving Athlone to drive east toward the ruins of Clonmacnoise, I passed a sign for a petting zoo nearby, and took the small road though the hills until I came to the zoo. Turns out it was closed for another hour, and I was told to come back later. When I explained that I . . . → Read More: A rural Irish petting zoo