Saturday turned out to be an eventful day, with the wife in work I took a trip up to Portlaoise to get a start on the shopping for the new school term. With the three kids in tow, it wasn’t long before boredom set in and they began to complain about being hungry. So three Happy Meals later all shopping plans were aboandoned and I consulted with my Sat Nav. For those of you familiar with this blog, you will be aware of my Interactive Ruins Map. Here I keep an up to date listing of all sites that I have visited and those which I plan to visit in the future. There where two sites nearby which had easy access and so off we went on an adventure.
Ryan had been out hunting with me before, if fact he had about six sites ranging from the Round Tower on the grounds of St. Brigids Cathedral to the Holy Well in Tully associated with St. Brigid. We first made our way the short distance to Timahoe to see the round tower and then on to the stunning ruins of Oughavel church where Ryan (8), Ava (4) and Dylan (2) were officially sworn in as ruin hunters. They learned the Country Code,’ leave these sites in the same condition that you found them if not better. Remove any litter which you may have brought with you and always close gates behind you’. And were fascinated when I explained about the history of the round towers and the Vikings whom used to rob them :-). Little Ava now has a fascination with castles as she wants to be a princess. So our next trip out I am sure will involve me finding a suitable castle for her to explore. I shall try to post both of these sites this week.