Monthly Archives: June 2010

What’s the Deal With Thin Places?

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In a a phone interview last week, I was asked, “What’s the deal with thin places?”  I was being interviewed by a journalist covering business, and the focus of the article was to be using social media to grow a … Continue reading

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Mount Brandon – Named for St. Brendan

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St. Brendan, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland, was a holy man and a navigator.  He was born and raised in the Dingle area, and  ordained a priest in 512 AD.  Brendan  was  founder of several monastic settlements in … Continue reading

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Drive Around Dingle – Slea Head

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One of the most scenic drives in Europe is the drive around the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula where glimpses of Slea Head and the Blasket Islands provide stunning sea views. My favorite part of the drive is just … Continue reading

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St. Gobnait’s Holy Well – Ballyvourney

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In the early 6th century when Gobnait fled her home in County Clare, she went to Inis Oírr. We don’t know why she fled, only that she believed she would find refuge in the Aran Islands. Legend states that an … Continue reading

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The Rock of Cashel

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The Pre-Christian and Celtic people of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England had a keen sense for thin places. The landscape in these countries is littered with man-made markings and ruins that remind the passer-by that this is holy ground. The … Continue reading

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Skibbereen Famine Cemetery – a thin place

Skibbereen was a hub of commerce in southern Ireland during the nineteenth century, with the River Ilen flowing through the town ending at the Baltimore Harbour near the Atlantic Ocean.  But Skibbereen is perhaps most famous for its association with … Continue reading

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Kilshannig – The North Side of Dingle Littered with Bones

One of the few places in Ireland I can photographically remember is Kilshannig, a small dilapidated village on the Dingle peninsula at its northernmost point.  Most visitors that spend a day or less in Dingle seldom visit the northern route … Continue reading

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Ardmore in County Waterford – the Oldest Christian Settlement in Ireland

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Ardmore is a fishing village in County Waterford – just over the border from County Cork. It is the legendary home of St. Declan who is said to have settled there somewhere between 350 and 420 AD, bringing Christianity to … Continue reading

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