Saturday, August 28, 2010

Away down Knowth...

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Knowth 2

Knowth. Rhymes with south, creating the opportunity for a terrible pun. HAR!, as Virginia might say.

Anyway, Knowth and nearby Newgrange, 45 minutes drive north of Dublin, are neolithic burial mounds, some parts of which are 5,000 years old. Millenia later they were used by other peoples as religious sites, towns and fortifications. They have channels within them that catch the sunrise of the winter and summer solstices , and spring and summer equinoxes.

Out and about in Belfast today. We were surprised to find that there was no checkpoint of any kind at the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland, not even a sign that we had crossed over. Our first hint was that the road signs were no longer bilingual in Irish and English.

Knowth 1 BW

8 comments:

brattcat said...

This second shot is so powerful, Bob.

Virginia said...

Honey, that don't look like any south around here! IT's gawgeous however. Who cuts all that grass? HARRRRRR
V

cieldequimper said...

Grrrr I can't see today's photos...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!



Martin

cieldequimper said...

Ah yes, now I can see them. Who says it's always raining in Ireland, huh? Gorgeous.

Birdman said...

Oh these are VERY nice.

T. Becque said...

Oh beautiful!

Paula said...

I like these images. I guess I never think of the Irish as having their own language although I am familiar with Erin Go Bragh!