The Monuments of Glencolumbkille, Ireland

People have been farming Glencolumbkille (which translates as the Valley of Colm Cille, also known as Saint Columba) on the west coast of County Donegal in Ireland for over 5000 years. Over that time they’ve left their mark on the landscape and the structures they’ve erected.

Cross Pillar in the village Striad is over 6 feet tall and was probably carved between 1200 - 1300 years ago

This Cross Pillar in the village of Striad is over 6 feet tall and was probably carved 1200-1300 years ago

In the foreground is another cross pillar, which has broken in half at some point (the top is on the left)

In the foreground is another decorated cross pillar, which has broken in half at some point (the top is on the left)

Colmcille’s Well, surrounded by a large stone cairn

Colmcille’s Well, surrounded by a large stone cairn

View south across part of Glencolumbkille. A number of enclosures and cairns are visible on the hill in the foreground.

View south across part of Glencolumbkille. A number of enclosures and cairns are visible on the hill in the foreground.

In front of St Columba's church, Sue crouches beside Straid Court Tomb, a burial mound dating to about 3000 BC.

In front of St Columba’s church, Sue crouches beside Straid Court Tomb, a burial mound dating to about 3000 BC.

Cloghanmore Court Tomb at sunset

Cloghanmore Court Tomb at sunset

This post was inspired by the themes Relic (from Donncha of the Daily Post) and Decoration (from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?).

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15 Responses to The Monuments of Glencolumbkille, Ireland

  1. Wow !! Colmcille’s Well, surrounded by a large stone cairn – looks like a giant croc 🙂

  2. Rusha Sams says:

    Love all these pictures. We toured the Dingle Peninsula, and these remind us of that journey. Could any of them have been taken there?

  3. Madhu says:

    Brilliant examples!

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  8. Wonderful photos! Great Relics. I haven’t been to Ireland yet.

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  10. Julia Carlson says:

    These are incredible monuments! I would love to go see them! I definitely will when I take my next trip to Ireland. http://www.elmwoodcaskets.com/services-products/markers-headstones-monuments.aspx

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