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  • Day6

    Connemara, Ireland

    September 8, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We made it to Galway yesterday and headed out for a bus tour to Connemara which is off the beaten track full of untouched scenery, ruins and a castle! I'm glad we decided not to rent a car for this trip around Ireland because driving on the left hand side on rolling hills and narrow lanes would have been stressful in itself not to mention the occasional sheep crossing the road!

    Our first stop was the Kylemore Abbey built in the 19th century by Sir Mitchell for his wife. No not my Sir Mitchel but at least he got the hint ;)

    Afterwards we made several stops to take in the scenic views which speak for themselves and had been exactly what I imagined Ireland to be like...cold, rainy and beautiful!
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  • Day13

    Kylemore: Castle to Abbey

    July 1, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Kylemore — a Benedictine Abbey since 1920 — was originally built between 1867-1871 as a castle. It was a gift from Mitchell Henry to his wife, Margaret. Through generations it served as a home, a haven, a school, and a sanctuary.

    Taking advantage of the relative lack of crowds when we arrived at 10:00a, we went straight to the house to tour the ground floor rooms ... the only ones open to the public since the Benedictine nuns are in residence upstairs.
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  • Day13

    Kylemore’s Cathedral in Miniature

    July 1, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Margaret Henry didn’t get to live long at Kylemore Castle, which her husband Mitchell built as a gift for her. In 1874, three years after construction was completed, she died of dysentery in Cairo, Egypt.

    Mitchell Henry then ordered the construction of a Neo-Gothic church on the estate grounds to honor her. Due to its construction style, the church was known back then as a “cathedral in miniature.” After he died in England in 1910, his ashes were brought to Kylemore and he was interred alongside his wife in the mausoleum on the grounds.
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  • Day97

    Kylemore Abbey and Faerie trees

    December 9, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Our next stop was at Inagh Fjord which was stunning. We stopped by a ribboned faerie tree where if you hang a ribbon, make a wish, your wish will come true. If it doesn't you keep hanging ribbons until you wish us fulfilled. I didn't have a ribbon but I'm sure it's not the last faerie tree I'll come across. We then went off to Kylemore Abbey (castle).Read more

  • Day9

    Kylemore abbey

    August 19, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Een landhuis gebouwd in 1868 door rijke Engelsman. Later verwaarloosd achtergelaten en in 1920 gekocht door Ieperse nonnen die door de oorlog België hebben verlaten.Ze restaureerden het landhuis en nog steeds leven er nonnen. Tevens is het een meisjeskostschool. De inkom is prijzig maar maar omvat ook de grote victoriaanse tuinen en gotische kapel. Het is een fotogeniek plaatsje met het spiegelend meer dat het ondertussen bekend staat als een iconisch beeld van de Connemara.Read more

  • Day8

    Kylemore Abbey

    July 1, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Kylemore Castle wurde von Mitchell Henry aus Liebe zu seiner Frau Margret erbaut. Margret war von der Gegend Connemara so begeistert, dass Mitchell das Land am See kaufte und dort das Schloss Kylemore und den Schlossgarten erbauen ließ. Nach vier Jahren Bauzeit wurde das Schloss 1871 fertig gestellt, nur drei Jahre später starb Margret bei einer Ägyptenreise. Tief getroffen durch den Tod seiner Frau, ließ Mitchell ein Mausoleum für seine Frau errichten und überführte ihren Leichnam zurück nach Kylemore. Zum Gedenken an seine Frau ließ Mitchell Henry auch die Kirche erbauen. Ohne seine Frau wollte Mitchell nicht mehr in Kylemore bleiben und verkaufte das Anwesen an den Herzog von Manchester. 1920 wurde das Schloss von einem Benediktinerkloster gekauft, und belgische Nonnen eröffneten bald darauf ein Mädcheninternat, zu dem Mädchen aus aller Welt geschickt wurden. Erst 2010 wurde das Internat geschlossen.Read more

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