As I mentioned in my post before leaving for my trip, I wasn't planning to see a lot of calligraphy while in Ireland. The famous stuff, like the Book of Kells, is on the east side of the country, and we were spending all our time on the west coast. But, as you can see here, I did come across a few examples.
I'm back from Ireland, with many interesting (I hope!) photos. It's going to take me a while to get them all loaded, so here's the first installment, entitled "Ireland - Ruins".
I can't tell you how many times I stopped to take pictures at ruins, stone walls, castles, Celtic crosses, and cemeteries. They're everywhere! And so many interesting shapes and angles. It was difficult to pare the images down. Here are a few samples.
This carved cross was on the wall of a "beehive hut" on the Dingle Peninsula. This hut is in an area of ringforts, some of the most numerous of monuments in Ireland. These were enclosed farmsteads from the Early Christian Period, which dates from around 400-800 AD.
This photo is of the Gallutus Oratory, also on the Dingle Peninsula. It is approximately 1300 yrs. old. Because of it's sloping sides, and tight-fitting structure, the building is still waterproof after several centuries of being buffeted by the Atlantic winds. Amazing!
Detail of the carving around a window at the Kilmalkedar Church ruins. It dates to the 12th century AD. The images below are all from Kilmalkedar Church as well.
From left to right: 1) an Ogham stone, dated 7th or 8th century; 2 & 3) two different views of a Celtic alphabet stone, dated the same; 4) an early sundial, same date.