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    This is one of those "I suck as a celtophile" moments. I've never been to Emain Macha - one of two central locations in the Tain bo Cualnge cycle, the home of Cuchulain (oh yeah and Conchobar mac Nessa himself).. I. Suck. But I am well aware of how much I need to go at some point.

    Scotland Abbotsford - home of Sir Walter Scott

    Somerled II Mac Gillebride, King of the Isles - 20th Paternal Great Grandfather. Somerled was a Norse-Gaelic warlord and husband of Ragnhild, daughter of Olaf Godredsson.

    In Irish legend, the white crested waves of the sea are poetically called the horses of Manannán mac Lir, an Irish sea deity and the guardian between worlds. To the Celts, the Blessed Isles that lie beyond the sea are the gateways to the Otherworlds, where the soul journeys to after death. Manannán is the guardian of these gateways between the worlds. Older than the Tuatha Dé Danann, Manannán mac Lir was married to the beautiful goddess, Fand, and father of Niamh of the Golden Hair.

    Lóegaire mac Néill - Lóegaire (floruit fifth century) (died c. 462), also Lóeguire, is said to have been a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. The Irish annals and king lists include him as a King of Tara or High King of Ireland. He appears as an adversary of Saint Patrick in several hagiographies. His dealings with the saint were believed to account for his descendants' lack of importance in later times.

    The Old Library at Trinity College, Dublin Ireland (the photographer mis-identified the location as Temple College).

    Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland (by dkammy)

    Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland. This area, whose name means valley of two lakes, is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ireland, as well as two beautiful lakes and a few other sites of historical interest (most of which are connected with the monastery). It is a great place to go see if you're in Dublin as it is quite close by.

    Dalkey, Ireland

    Must See: Dublin. Best explored on board of one of the numerous bus tours or on foot, Dublin is relatively small. It is however rich in history as well as full of sights and museums. Dublin can keep the tourist busy for a whole week! Avoid the city center on Saturdays when half the population of Ireland seems to go shopping here!

    St. Patrick's Chair, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

    Dublin, Ireland

    Irish letterbox - but do you notice how the letters ER (Elisabeth Regina) are still on it even though Éire won independence from England in 1921! These were originally coloured red before some local repainting.

    Cuchulain and hounds

    MacBrayne's for the Highlands,1950. This company still runs the ferries to the islands off the west coast.

    Pentland hills with some northern lights - Scotland

    Knowth Megalithic Passage--The Great Mound was built over 5000 years ago--Boyne Valley, Ireland

    Valley of Tears, Iceland

    5th Century St. Patrick's Well, off the main Cahir Clonmel road, near Clonmel, Ireland. The remains of the altar tomb of Nicholas White of Clonmel (d. 1622) are in the remains of the 17th century church incorporating Romanesque fragments of an even older church. At the centre of the small lake is a weathered Celtic Cross which dates from early Christian times in Ireland.

    The Holy Island of Lindisfarne (celtic) is accessible only at low tide, twice daily, by a three mile long causeway, built in 1954. Holy Island was one of the principle centers of Christianity during the Dark Ages. In 635AD St. Aidan came from Iona and found his monastery. The Christian word flourished here and spread throughout the world. Holy Island is a center of pilgrimage, tranquility, and scenic beauty attracting multitudes of visitors. The jewel in the crown of Northumbria.