Okay so guys we’re actually now on walking tour. I mean you can see some of these carvings are just absolutely amazing. Some of these tombs are you know, a couple hundred years old. I think, what did they say at the cemetery?
1832 the cemetery was founded. So some of these are old, old. You can kind of see how far the cemetery goes. The area that we’re in right now, this is the posh part of the cemetery. You can see some of the cravings and stuff these were all done by a guy named Farrell. No, not the musician, but a famous, famous carver here. He apparently did 95% of all the statues in the entire in Ireland, not just the graveyard, the entire of Ireland. 95% this guy.
Some of these are just beautiful. I don’t know if you guys can tell as you’re walking by the sculptures are covered in the old moss and there’s plants growing out of them. You can see all the flowers that have been planted down the walkways and such. Absolutely lovely. Some of the Celtic crosses they were pointing out. You know you can see here, you can see the details. These ones are much more pagan in nature. You know, animals and bird this kind of thing verses of course the christian versions of Jesus and Mary of course.
This tower is actually a monument to I think O’Donnell. O’Donnell is a guy who led the revolution. We were hearing the speech about or from earlier, the reenaction from earlier. You can see a lot of the headstones here are more of the flat, tombstone looking verses on the other side you can see a lot more of the Celtic crosses. You know, a lot more of the older style.
You can see on that need a lot of these beautiful, beautiful Celtic crosses. A lot of detail. There in the background you can see the big building. That’s someone building there’s actually a museum here and you can look up your ancestry. If anybody’s got ancestors buried here in the cemetery in Ireland, this is the place you want to come to do research. You can see some of the crypts are just lovely, full little underground tombs. We were informed that even if your headstone is east-west or north-south, you will always, always be buried with your head to the east.
As that is, I guess this is basically a catholic cemetery. But, they do have all sorts of different religions here we learned. There are four Jewish people buried in this cemetery. But, there are muslim and protestant and catholic and pagan and all sorts of different people buried here religious value groups here. The entire cemetery was very specifically built, you know these are those rows that I was talking about.
This is probably, well let’s see is we can actually find the marker here in one of the graves. It is on the tomb stones. I’m going to see if we can find the exact marker. It actually tells you, which row we’re in. Some of these older ones, it’s kind of hard to see the marker piece. I’m just trying to find one where we can see it. Absolutely lovely as you can tell. Some of these pieces are just gorgeous. Of course now I can’t seem to find any of the markers, so I will keep looking and see if we can find one of the markers to show you guys how that works.
Also, for example heres a good version of the marker. You can see on the back. So this is row NC3 and a half, which means it’s half of a plot and this large monument here would be NC3. Weathers started to get a little bit cloudy but it’s been absolutely lovely and sun shinny all day here. You know, everybody’s telling us that from Arizona we’ve brought the sunshine with us. Certainly felt like it.
For the past couple of days we’ve had absolutely lovely and beautiful weather. As you can see the storms starting to come in. Kind of blue skies and no longer blue skies. All right guys I am going to let you go. We’re going to go see if we can find some lunch and I’ll keep you guys involved if there’s anything awesome we see after lunch.