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Baltinglass Abbey [Reblog]

About: This is an excellent portfolio of photographs and accompanying textual detail relating to Baltinglass Abbey. Most of the pictures are in the trademark monochrome style of the photographer, Ed Mooney, which gives a very atmospheric feeling to the images. Please visit Ed’s original blog to view the complete set.

Ed Mooney Photography

Baltinglass

This Abbey is one of my personal favourite sites to visit. Last week I found myself urged to make the drive down the N81 through Blessington to the small town of Baltinglass in Wicklow to explore the Abbey. Baltinglass was historically known in Irish as Bealach Conglais, meaning “Road of Cúglas”.  Conglas was a member of the legendary warrior army, the Fianna led by Fionn MacCumhaill.  It has been about ten years since my last visit here and it still holds the peaceful atmosphere that I remember. Built around a bridge crossing the river Slaney it was in Baltinglass in 1148AD that the then King of Leinster Diarmuid Mac Murchada, founded the Abbey on the east bank of the River Slaney for a group of Cistercian monks from the Abbey of Mellifont in Co. Louth. He called this monastic settlement “The Valley of Salvation”. In 1228 it is recorded that…

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