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Postby Susann » Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:01 am

As I already told in my last holiday report on 29th August I was on Skellig Michael. For me Skellig Michael is one of the most fantastic and mystical historic sites in Ireland. When I was there I was listening to Clannad’s “Skellig” and I thought it would be nice to have the photos together with the song.

So I created attached slideshow http://nene177.magix.net/ .
The website must open first and then you can enlarge it. Then click “Skellig Rocks” on the left side.

Here are some facts from Wikipedia about Skellig Michael:
“Skellig Michael (from Sceilig Mhichíl in the Irish language, meaning Michael's rock), also known as Great Skellig, is a steep rocky island in the Atlantic Ocean about 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) from the coast of County Kerry, Ireland. It is the larger of the two Skellig Islands. After probably being founded in the 7th century, for 600 years the island was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Gaelic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of Europe's better known but least accessible monasteries. ...
Since the extreme remoteness of Skellig Michael has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved. The very spartan conditions inside the monastery illustrate the ascetic lifestyle practiced by early Irish Christians. The monks lived in stone 'beehive' huts (clochans), perched above nearly vertical cliff walls. …
The monastery comprises six intact clochans, two oratories, 31 early grave slabs, a monolithic cross and the 13th century church of St Michael. The dry-stone walls of the clochans are almost 2m thick, square in plan, with circular roofs. Most have wall recesses but no windows. The two largest have projecting corbels inside and out that were used for securing thatch or stopping sods from slipping. …
The monastery on Skellig Michael survived a number of Viking raids in the 9th century, notably in 823, and was later significantly expanded, with a new chapel built around the start of the second millennium. The community at Skellig Michael was apparently never large - probably about 12 monks and an abbot. Some time in the 12th century the monks abandoned the Skellig and moved to the monastery of Augustinian Canons Regular at Ballinskelligs on the mainland. …”
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Postby Dubhy63 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:58 am

This is fantastic Susann ,the slide show is a great promotion for this wonderful site.You were lucky to have nice weather,this brings out the beauty of the islands even more.I recommend it to everyone,it 's well worth watching :-)
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Postby kevinkells » Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:44 pm

That was great Susann!, can't believe I've overlooked this... thanks for sharing, and with one of my favorite tracks from Clannad too.
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Postby Susann » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:44 am

Hi Dubhy63 and kevinkells, that's nice that you like the slide show.

I love the song also very much. While I was driving along the Skellig Ring the night before I went to Skellig Michael and on Skellig Michael I was listening to the song several times. Very emotional :D :D :D .

Here are the lyrics:


Like mighty ships that sail Atlantic foam
The Skellig Isles parade the Kerry Coast
It's a strange place
With a needle's eye
Where shipwrecks lie

Where the king of the world rested for awhile
And a place for the pilgrim, a sanctuary of time
Fourteen steps to nowhere out of solid stone
Don't lead us to the heavens or lead us to the sea

The Vikings came to plunder and destroy
But to this day the holy relics stand
In a blind man's cove
Where the wailing women sigh
And the seagulls cry


A journey to these islands so rare
The sound of screaming souls that fill the air
A thousand wings
Against the sky
And gray seals disguised

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