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Travel Blogs from Portumna
... It was 1100 hrs when we got to the lock in Athlone and we had a little time to kill.
I tried to use my Smart Card in the services area but there was a notice up saying that you had to buy a local card for the showers...what a bummer,I was not impressed with Waterways Ireland.
I strolled around Athlone town for a while as I had never been here before,Id say it would be a lovely town to spend a week end in.
... and passed by a drying set of peat “logs”. I slammed on the breaks and had to, HAD TO, touch! So, how they do this is they cut up the muddy bog into brick-sizes chunks (we put a pic in of a piece), then dry them, then burn them. I guess peat fires burn black smoke, so the old houses smelled peaty and were black on the inside. They also used peat to roast grains for whiskey, giving it a peaty taste and smell (like Laphroig). So, I poked around in the peat for a ...
... in the Cromwellian conquest of IrelandLughnasa, when feasting and sacrifices marked the start of the harvest season, and that the goat is a pagan fertility symbol."
of 1649-53 (although Cromwell himself, who left Ireland in May 1650,
never reached as far west as Killorglin). Another is that it stems from
the pagan Celtic festival of
is expected this year to attract more than 100,000 visitors for ...
... this parish, in the south eastern periphery of County Galway, has been inhabited by humans for more than 5,000 years and this green pastoral landscape has been home to pre-historic man, Celt, Monk, Gaelic and Norman alike.
At one time there were over 7000 people in Portumna. After the Potato famine that number was less that 1,000. The population there today ...
... Church, Portumna was built in 1832. This beautiful church serves
the Church of Ireland Parish of Portumna, and replaced the Portumna
Priory above which had been used by the congregation for the previous 70
The old St Bridget's Catholic Church