Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ireland, Day 2: Croom, Meanus, and Bruff

Another family-centric day: My parents, my aunt, Ed, and I met my Aunt Mary, who lives in Limerick City, for lunch, after which my mother, Ed, and I took a drive to Anhid Cemetery. I've been to Anhid Cemetery before, but it was nice to tromp through it again. One of the tombstones we had found previously - here, the one in the middle - belonged to my great-great-great-great-great grandparents on my maternal grandmother's side, William (1734-1814) and Anastasia Houlihan (1743-1805). The tombstone on the left belonged to another Bridget Houlihan, but it was difficult to read. (My grandmother was also a Bridget Houlihan.)

From Ireland (2015)

After our tromp through Ahnid Cemetery, we took a side trip to Meanus, where we stopped for a few minutes at St. Mary's church.

From Ireland (2015)

I've been inside this church before, too, several times; my great-grandparents John and Angela Cregg were buried here, as were their sons James and John and their daughter Kathleen. With the exception of my great-grandfather, I have clear memories of meeting and spending time with these relatives.

Our last stop was a visit to Grange Stone Circle, the largest standing stone circle in Ireland, 150 feet in diameter and enclosed by 113 standing stones. The largest standing stone is over 13 feet high and weighs 40 tons.

From Ireland (2015)

The stones have clearly been in place for awhile.
From Ireland (2015)

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