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winter landscape images

Erin’s Chill

Co.Tipperary, Ireland

In a mild weather country like Ireland, winter scenes such as this are rare. The Nenagh River rises in the Silvermine Mountains and flows east of the local town of Nenagh and into Lough Derg on the river Shannon. A once-grand country house can be seen in the left of the picture. In the last century its roof had to be removed in order to avoid paying high Irish land taxes.

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Kylemore Abbey

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of a wealthy doctor from London whose family was involved in the manufacturing of textiles in Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland when he and his wife Margaret bought the land around the Abbey. He became a politician, becoming a Member of Parliament for County Galway from 1871 to 1885.

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

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Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland

Bunratty is a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, Ireland. located near to Shannon airport on the Limerick to Ennis main road. Shannon Heritage operates the castle and adjoining folk park as tourist attractions, as well as offering medieval banquet experiences in this ancient castle.

The name Bunratty, Bun Raite in Irish, means “river basin” of the ‘Ratty’ river. This small river flows alongside the castle and into the nearby Shannon estuary.