Finding the Holy Grail at our Journey's End
We said our goodbyes to the lovely Kilkenny and started off on the final day of our Irish tour. We saw so many wondrous sites...but not what we were hoping to find. Ah, maybe it wasn't to be. Afterall, we did find a poem by Thomas Kinsella on a hotel wall and Larry did find a short entry on the Kinsella name in a curio shop. But, we were looking for something a bit more tangible - The Holy Grail.
The Titanic Museum
Although we did not find the Kinsella name in the lists they supplied, there was an L. Kinsella who unfortunately was aboard:
Our last night in a hotel and an evening of fun
Taylor's - the largest thatch roof with dining area.
Such a great way to celebrate our last night in the historic pub Taylor's Three Night
Besides the Irish dancers there was a stunningly beautiful woman who played the harp, an old-style comedian who was fun, and a singer who belted out a song he sang in Les Miserable. He was - UNBELIEVEABLE. Found out that he was chosen to play this part in London.
"Glendalough (Gleann Dá Loch, “Valley of the Two Lakes”) is a fascinating
monastic settlement in a spectacular natural setting just an hour south of
Dublin. The monastery was founded by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who died
about 618 AD. The extensive ruins of Glendalough include several early
churches, a graceful round tower, and various sites associated with the
life of St. Kevin.
The Holy Grail
And here it is...tucked away in this ancient cemetery - a tombstone with "Kinsale" on it. This is a variant of the Kinsella name. We took it a good omen that our final stop in Glendalough - at the end of the tour - was our Holy Grail.
...Edward Kinsla departed September 1804...wife
Mother Margaret Mary June 1815 and two sons - Phillip and John.
Museum at Glendalough
The Cemetery and Round Tower
St Kevin's Church
St. Kevin’s Church is a stone roofed building with a distinctive round
belfry with conical cap at the west end. The church originally consisted
of a simple nave with an entrance at the west end and a small round-headed
window in the east gable. A chancel (now missing) and sacristy were added
The longest afternoon of my entire life! We boarded our Aer Lingus plane about 11:00 am and arrived in Chicago at 2:00 pm. Now, how did that happen! Oh, yes...the time changes. Now we were racing with the sun get to Chicago. Actually, we were on board for something like 9 hours - ergo the longest afternoon of my life!
Larry's good buddy was waiting for us when we arrived. Since it was 2 PM we thought - why not just go home! What's another 5 hours of travel. So, we got in our car and took off for home sweet home. Our bed was a sweet night of Irish dreams.
Goodnight Ireland. May the Good Lord Continue to Bless you and Keep you in the Palm of His Hand.