History At Every Turn

Trip Start May 24, 2012
Trip End Jun 03, 2012

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Kells High Crosses & Round Tower
Peoples Park & Spire of Lloyd

Flag of Ireland  , County Meath,
Monday, May 28, 2012

After a lot of activity the previous day, we get on the road a bit later than expected this morning.  After learning from my experiences (by avoiding all of my mistakes), Angie takes the wheel and gets us smoothly to Kells.  We find parking and help another gentleman locate the pay station.  He thanks us (we'll run into him again a bit later).  We look up and down the street for breakfast ideas, but nothing is jumping out at us.  We start to walk into a pub, when were stopped by a local.  He obviously notices the confused, wandering look of a tourist and offers his expertise.  "You looking for a place for breakfast.  Don’t go in there.  It’s muck.  Go around the corner to Margaret’s."  This guy had perfect timing.  Margaret’s is exactly the place we needed, and we learned a new descriptive term.  We relax on the back patio and enjoy ourselves.

We walk down to the Tourist Information (TI) office for some guidance around Kells.  On the way, we meet up with the gentleman from earlier.  As he was leaving the nearby hotel, he met Maureen O’Hara, who was in town for some type of presentation.  Angie gets as excited as this guy, since she grew up on John Wayne films.  On to our original destination.  The TI office worker starts asking about the route for the remainder of our trip.  She offers brochures and information to cover every area, including parts that aren't on the route.  I call it “assistance overload”, but we appreciate her enthusiasm.  It’s so nice to meet someone who just wants visitors to have the best time.

We enjoy the walk through town and up the hill towards St. Columba’s Church.  We are amazed by the rich Irish history that Kells holds, aside from just the Book of Kells.  We start exploring the church grounds, high crosses and round tower.  They have an informative board at the site, but it's good that we picked up a walking guide from the TI office.  Most headstones at the church date back to the 18th century, but the high crosses and round tower go back much further.  We found it odd that a posted sign stated permission was required before opening graves and erecting headstones in the churchyard.  We figure the practice must be common enough to warrant a sign.

On the way out of town, we stop by the Peoples Park and Spire of Lloyd on the suggestion of the TI worker. This is an interesting site, with an momument erected in memory of the Pauper's Grave and the impact of the Famine in the region. Families were enjoying the great weather in the nearby park.  It's great to see past and present brought together in this place.  History at every turn.
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