Wednesday, June 11, 2014
The wonderful Hadden Wilson joined us once again for a fun-filled day visiting Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. Our first stop was at the site of the pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland- Navan Fort. We were treated with tea and scones before our tour of the site. The tour included a living history exhibit and a tour of the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Navan Fort, ending with a lovely lunch in the attached restaurant.
Next, we were in awe while visiting the Bishop’s Library which houses a copy of the Book of Kells, an illustrated Gospel book in Latin, and ther famous books, such as the first edition of Gulliver’s Travel by Jonathan Swift, which included hand written corrections by Swift himself. The library was built in 1771 and is the oldest library in Northern Ireland. Most of the books and collections are pre-1800s. We were encouraged to browse, look at, and even handle the books within the shelves of the library.
Our journey then brought us to two different St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, one is Protestant and the other Catholic. It was marvelous to compare the two churches, but gratifying just to be in the presence of such wonderful architectural buildings glorifying God.
After a short break for sandwiches at the cottages, we popped on over to Newcastle to take in the views of the Irish Sea and Mourne Mountains. We enjoyed wading in the waters and searching for seashells. While in Newcastle, we stopped at Cafe Maud’s for ice cream. May I suggest ordering Poor Bear Ice cream as a tasty treat to a marvelous day?
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