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Ruins in the Valley, County Wicklow by Barry Hendrickson

Wandering the Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains are not that far south of the city of Dublin. In the past centuries, these mountains were remote enough to have provide a refuge for opponents to the English rule. Rebels that took part in the 1798 Irish uprising, hid out in this region for years.   In 1800, the frustrated British started building a military road. This road was devised to help flush out the rebels, and in the end has only made this area more accessible. Currently, this winding road makes for a spectacular drive with many views of breathtaking scenery.    While wandering though the Wicklow Mountains, Barry and I discovered these ruins. One can only imagine what this structure was used for in the past. Barry...

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The View from the Pass

Connor Pass (In Irish: An Chonair) Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland   One of the roads out of the town of Dingle leads to Connor Pass -- one of the highest points in Ireland.     We left early that misty morning, driving the twisting, winding road up and up into the mountains. It’s one of those roads so windy and bendy, that you are not permitted to drive it in a bus, motorhome or truck. You  will not get through. And so narrow at times you need to pull aside to let the opposite driver pass!   As we finally neared the highest mountain point, Barry was so excited to capture what he saw, he just grabbed his camera and jumped out of the car -- leaving...

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