It is early Tuesday morning and the tertians are slowly getting up, preparing their things for a 2 day sojourn in the ancient region of Glendalough.
For thousands of years people have been drawn to the valley of the two lakes for its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife. Glendalough is a remarkable place that – as we are told – will still our minds, inspire our hearts and fill our souls.
Glendalough is renowned for its early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest – which was partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops. We don’t know much about the place, but many are looking forward to seeing St. Kevin’s Church.
The stone-roofed building originally had a nave only, but the sacristy – in back – was added later. The steep roof, formed of overlapping stones, is supported internally by a semi-circular vault. The belfry with its conical cap and four small windows rises from the west end of the stone roof in the form of a miniature round tower. Beside the church, as you can see from the photo above, there is a Medieval graveyard – filled with the iconic tall-crosses that are so familiar throughout Ireland.
We will send you a photo or two once we arrive, but – right now – we are about to have mass to pray for a safe journey and a good experience. Happy Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.