Saturday, October 31, 2015

inSPIREd Sunday - Glasnevin

Sally hosts inSPIREd Sunday!

September 2015 - Dublin Ireland

We stopped in to Glasnevin on the Hop On Hop Off but knew we had to come back and really visit it.

Glasnevin Cemetery, also known as Prospect Cemetery, is the main Catholic cemetery in Dublin, the capital of Ireland. It first opened in 1832.

Before the establishment of the Glasnevin Cemetery, Irish Catholics in Dublin had no cemeteries of their own. This was due to the repressive Penal Laws imposed on the Irish by the British who had placed restrictions on the public performance of Catholic services.

The round tower was built between 1855 and 1869 to commemorate the death of Daniel O’Connell, who had established the cemetery in 1832.  Click here to see a church dedicated to him in his home town.

Glasnevin Cemetery contains many historically interesting monuments as well as the graves of many of Ireland's most prominent national figures — Charles Stewart Parnell and Daniel O'Connell as well as Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, Arthur Griffith, Maude Gonne, Kevin Barry, Sir Roger Casement, Constance Markiewicz, Brendan Behan, Seán MacBride and Christy Brown.

Michael Collins
Brendan Behan

The cemetery also offers a fascinating view of the changing style of death monuments in Ireland over the last 200 years: from the austere, simple, high stone erections of the period up until the 1860s, to the elaborate Celtic crosses of the nationalistic revival from the 1860s to 1960s, to the plain Italian marble of the late twentieth century. Glasnevin Cemetery has grown from its original nine to over 120 acres.

2015 Palm Springs California


Oct 10 - 24 we were in Palm Springs with friends. We've been here many times so I will just do highlights.

Living Desert


29 Palms

Joshua National Park

La Quinta

Sculpture Garden

Friday, October 30, 2015

The Living Desert Palm Springs CA

October 2015 - Palm Springs CA

The Living Desert is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa. With over 1200 protected acres, 450 wild animals, live animal shows, kids’ play park, tranquil gardens, model train exhibit, hiking trails, tram rides and more.

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Let's go for a stroll - it's hot out so no rushing.

They're not too scary!

Can you see me?

Here's looking at you!

Too hot!

Strutting one's stuff!

Pucker up!

Funny enough, we didn't see any big-horned sheep this time!

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