Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 45: What's a Kilmakedar?

In this 45th blog of our Ireland trip, we're still on the Dingle Peninsula (okay, so there was a lot to see there). In this blog we'll explore the ruins of Kilmakedar. Tom took special note of the architecture and took several pictures of the walls, columns and doorways... so we're sharing those here for those who also appreciate the architecture! 

Front of the church ruins
ornate carvings
Gerard (our tour guide), Tom and another tourist at the front door
About the church
WHAT IS KILMAKEDAR?-  It is the ruins of an ancient romanesque church that we visited. Megalithicireland.com says: "This Early Christian and later Medieval site is spread over 10 acres. It is thought to have been founded by St Maolcethair, a local saint. At the center of this area is the 12th century Hiberno-Romanesque Church. The church has a Nave and Chancel (added later).  The church is thought to have been modeled on Cormac's Chapel at Cashel and there are many similarities. The church like Cormacs Chapel is one of a number of stone-roofed churches in Ireland. The first thing to look out for are the three finials sticking up above the gables"

A rounded window
Another sign in case you missed the first one!
A big Ogham Stone in the cemetery
ARCHITECTURAL DOORWAY NOTE - Access to the church is through a gorgeous inclined romanesque doorway. It has three orders and a round head with a projecting hood made from red and green stone. The green keystone. (Where Tom is standing in the doorway).

NEXT: EATING "PI" AND MEETING A GHOST IN AN ART GALLERY

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14