During my visit to Ireland, I sometimes feel like I’ve been going through Ireland and Northern Ireland’s history in reverse (hearing about the economic crisis, learn about the Troubles, visiting Kilmainham Gaol and hearing about its place in Ireland’s independence and civil war). So, if you’re doing Irish history roughly in reverse, where does an American go for their last day in the country? How about the Hill of Tara and Brú na Bóinne?
The Hill of Tara was the seat of the ancient (and when we’re talking Ireland ancient, try pre-Christian) High King of Ireland. Why this site? Because you can see something like 2/3 of the island from the hill. No army is going to be able to sneak up on that.
It also is one of the locations where St. Patrick preached to Christian converts, so great site to visit for learning about Irish identity. Also, very awesome views from the top of the hill, as long as the day is clear (we were very lucky today in that regard).
So my final “tourist” stop? Brú na Bóinne or “Palace on the Boyne,” a neolithic burial tomb. I went into the Newgrange tomb…no photos allowed or I would be able to show what it looks like inside a building 1000 years older than the pyramids.
Once I get back to the states, I’ll have to do a post summarizing my experiences in Ireland and Northern Ireland…which is going to be a pretty tall order. This, however, is the last Eurobloggers post from Europe for a while, so enjoy the pictures!