St Patrick's Church on Inish na Ghaill island, Lough Corrib, Co Galway. A special place full of atmosphere within its wooded setting. The church is a simple rectangular building thought to date from the seventh century with a later chancel extension. There is a door in west wall and a window opening in east. Nearby is a famous rudder shaped pillar with one of the earliest known Latin inscriptions in Ireland.
A view of Clifden, ‘capital of Connemara’ . The town dates from the early Nineteenth century and is picturesquely situated at the western edge of County Galway.
The Spanish Arch, Galway City. Originally built as an extension of the city wall in 1584 to protect the quays, in the 18th century, arches were created to allow access to an extension of the quays along the river.
Thor Ballylee, a tower house in County Galway, is thought to date from the Fifteenth Century when many tower houses like this were built across Ireland. Picturesquely situated beside a bridge at a bend in a river, it is most famous today for its association with the poet WB Yates who restored the house in the early 1920’s and used it as a summer house for ten years.
The following poem is inscribed on the wall of the building:
I, the poet William Yeats,
With old mill boards and sea-green slates,
And smithy work from the Gort forge,
Restored this tower for my wife George.
And may these characters remain
When all is ruin once again
The Annals record that a door was added to the church in 1155. At the time, the local ruler Muircertach Mac Loghlainn was asserting his claim to be High King of Ireland, so this structure would have been special. This illustration is the best example of such a door to survive in Ireland ( at Clonfert Cathedral in Co Galway) and it is likely that the door created in Derry was of a similar standard.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.