History At Every Turn
Trip Start May 24, 2012
14Trip End Jun 03, 2012
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We walk down to the Tourist Information (TI) office for some guidance around Kells
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.