Glendalough

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The ruins of Glendalough - some of its buildings including its Round Tower are still standing - up in the Wicklow Mountains, is one of the loveliest places in Ireland. The name means 'valley of the two lakes'. Originally a hermitage of Saint Kevin, it soon became an important site, where illuminated books similar to the great Book of Kells were made. In modern times, the father of Oscar Wilde liked to take parties of people there. Glendalough features prominently in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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