I visited Killone Abbey over the bank holiday weekend. We were up at the in-laws and I took the dog for an early morning walk out and around Killone Abbey.
I had my camera with me and took a number of photographs for possible blog entries. The brain must have been clear and somewhat bright that morning, as there were a number of possibilities.
There was the carved cut stone panel over a door ope with the McDonnell family crest and my ongoing desire to see elements incorporated into the fabric and façades of building to record dates and people involved and to separate from other similar building.
There was the explanatory plaque making reference to Donal Mór O’Brien in 1190 being the last King of Munster. My limited knowledge would have expected the last King to be later than that but maybe thereafter, the Kings were of Ormond, Thomond and Desmond – three crowns as per the Munster crest.
There was the OPW plaque making reference to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. This plaque being an example of the waste of money in changing the names of government departments and the associated cost of changing all stationery and signs – this sign having escape the most recent namechange.
There was the plaque on the wall of the abbey to commemorate the death by drowning of Paudie Gleeson. There are many roadside crosses and plaques to those who have died on the roads but this, to my recollection, was the first commemorative plaque to a death by drowning – there are probably many more but they had not registered with me.
These were all floating around my head to appear as some future blogs. They were there with a recollection I had of reading in the Clare Champion some years ago of a procession along the Rocky Road to Killone Abbey and my thinking that from a non-religious and general knowledge perspective that it would have been interesting if we had been up in Ennis at that time.
Then on Monday I was reading Richard’s entry on Liminal Entwinings about St. John’s Well near Killone Abbey which I had not known about and the celebration day planned for 23rd June.
This blog entry then forced itself to the top of the pile.