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~GALWAY~
THE SHRINE AT KNOCK
and SLIGO

It was a smokey day on Galway Bay. Well, it was a very overcast day as you will see in these photos. Galway is a confusing city to navigate. At least I found it that way. I must have driven around for 2 hours following signs to the Spanish Arch without any success. They kept leading me to the same spot. So I parked the car near where I thought it might be located. I found a vendor at an outdoor market and he gave me walking directions. In short time I found it. Now let me tell you that I had in mind the Arch of Triumph in Paris or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin or even the Victory Arch in Mosocw. Definitely not what I found. The main thing the Spanish Arch has is age. It was built in 1584 as a bastion, added to the town's walls to protect merchant ships from looting. At this time, it was known as Ceann an Bhalla (Head of the Wall). Its current title Spanish Arch dates from the last century, a reference to the former merchant trade with Spain, whose galleons often docked under its protection. It is now home to the Galway City Museum.
Galway is unlike any other town in Ireland. Yeats described Galway as the 'Venice of the West'. Located on the West coast, on the shores of the Atlantic, Galway is Ireland's cultural capital. Free spirited, artistic and bohemian, it has an ambience all of its own.




Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven & St Nicholas

Down the main aisle

The dome

The altar
The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas was opened in 1965 and is possibly Galway's most impressive building. Situated on the site of the infamous County Jail, which was closed in 1939, the Cathedral stands resplendent, overlooking the town. Its copper domed roof and Hiberno-Romanesque architecture ensures that the Cathedral can be seen for miles.

The entrance

Equality Emerging
Sculpture by John Behan. The inscription on the plaque states: "Above a hole in the ground, no matter what stands, unless it touches our heart and inspires our humanity to act"

Galway Bay

Looking across

A fishing boat going out to sea

A light on Galway Bay

Flowers, fruit and vegetables

Galway street

The Spanish Arch

The reverse side

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Waters rushing to the sea

Canada is everywhere!

RULE #1 Park anywhere

Rule #2 When you run out of stone, use bricks

Ducks in Galway

Swans in Galway

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The Shrine at Knock and Sligo

The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine.
The personal pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II in 1979, commemorating the centenary of the apparition, inspired an even greater devotion to the Shrine and endorsed the indelible seal of Vatican approval. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Shrine in June of 1993. One and a half million pilgrims visit the Shrine annually.

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The apparition as witnesses described it

City Center Sligo


The Dominican Friary of Sligo, generally known as the Sligo Abbey, was founded in 1252 or 1253 by Maurice Fitzgerald, second Baron of Offaly.
The Friars were expelled or killed several times during the period when the Abbey was in use. In the 18th Century, even though the Abbey was still in partial use by the Friars, the buildings were used as a source of stone for construction of other dwellings. In 1893 part of the Abbey was entrusted to the Commissioners of Public Works. The remainder was entrusted in 1913. Sligo Abbey is now protected and conserved by Duchas, The Heritage Service of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands.

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Following are photos taken in the Darty Mountains between Sligo and Northern Ireland. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them.

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One final waterfall

A church in Sligo


Music is "Irish Washer Woman"

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