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Glendalough and Powerscourt


Late afternoon shadows at Powerscourt

We had been to Glendalough before but this time, with Kirsty and Richard over from London, we did a Dublin Bus day trip that included Powerscourt as well.

It was still very cold but sunny with a few rain showers thrown in. Glendalough dates back to the 6th century as a place of refuge for a hermit mystic, St Kevin, who went on to found a monastery. The ruins date back “only” to the 10th century!

We then continued to Powerscourt, the home of the Wingfield-Slazenger family now open to the public with its 10,000 acre estate, the formal gardens alone being 47 acres. National Geographic has rated these gardens as the third best in the world but we were probably there at the wrong time of the year to see it at its best. We’ll come back when the flowers are out.

Close to Powerscourt is the picture postcard village of Enniskerry which we passed through without stopping. It is worth a separate blog by itself and since it is on the normal Dublin Bus commuter route we will come back here as well. Back in Dublin, we sought shelter at The Church for a quick refreshment before walking across to Temple Bar for an evening meal at Pho Ta, a very pleasant Vietnamese restaurant. The picture shows Kirsty and Richard in The Church examining their day’s photos on their camera.


4 thoughts on “Glendalough and Powerscourt

      1. Kirsty

        That photo of me is horrendous! But to be fair, probably by far the best one you have… Love the shot of the little Robin 🙂

        1. Bruce

          Slow day at work, is it?
          The photo shows your serious side, certainly, which is appropriate for the wife of a newly-promoted Associate.

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