Glendalough

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The ruins of Glendalough - some of its buildings including its Round Tower are still standing - up in the Wicklow Mountains, is one of the loveliest places in Ireland. The name means 'valley of the two lakes'. Originally a hermitage of Saint Kevin, it soon became an important site, where illuminated books similar to the great Book of Kells were made. In modern times, the father of Oscar Wilde liked to take parties of people there. Glendalough features prominently in the 'Vikings' and 'Brian Boru' chapters of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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