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Aine MacAodha ~ Poetry and Lens

Aine MacAodha

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Omagh, North Ireland, Ireland
Writer/poet,avid photographer with a great interest in Celtic Myths, Mysticism, crystal healing, orbs in photography, Chemtrails, the sky above and the beauty in the Irish landscape . I live in Omagh North of Ireland where the Sperrin Mountains are my inspiration in any season. I have three poetry books published titled 'Where the Three Rivers Meet' and 'Guth An Anam ~Voice of The Soul and my latest Published by Lapwing Press Belfast, 'Landscape of self'~ You can find my links at top of my blog.

Monday, 20 September 2010

St Patrick's Well & Magherakeel Monastic Site

  On a recent visit to Castlederg in County Tyrone I stopped at the small village of Killeter  (Coill Íochtair meaning "lower wood") which lies along the pilgrim trail leading to Lough Derg (St. Patrick's Purgatory) St. Patrick stopped at this well to quench his thirst before the walk to Lough Derg. So before winter gets its grip on the land I wanted to visit St. Patrick's well, locally know as Tober Patrick. Surrounded by beautiful country side. Fairly nearby is Magherakeel Monastic Site.

 The Sperrin landscape has some eye-catching and ancient spots off the beaten track and I have visited many of them although, to be fair many of these are difficult to locate and signposts are often scarce, this was easy enough to find once out of the Castlederg area; it was signposted.

St. Patrick's Well

New pillars and entrance gate.

St. Patrick's statue.

‘The Plain of the Church’ or Magherakeel Monastic Site,   (6th-century). A small piece of the wall remains of what was St. Caireall’s Church named after the founder or local patron saint. The local primary school in Castlederg is also named after the saint. Magherakeel graveyard stands near the foundations of the original Catholic parish church, St. Caireall's, which was destroyed in the early
1600s during the Plantation.

 On researching I could not find out much about this celtic Saint although it could be, (Saint Kerrill aka Caireall mac Curnain who was a Christian missionary in what is now east County Galway, alive in the mid-to-late 5th century, not real sure.       Below at the shots.

Magherakeel Monastic Site

A small piece of the wall remains of what was St. Caireall’s Church

The graveyard with beautiful old headstones.

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Lovely old stones.

Hope you enjoyed, Aine xx

1 comment:

Jo King-VonBargen said...

How absolutely lovely, Aine! A wonderful photographer, you have an amazing artistic eye! Enjoyed this very much, my friend!