As I was creating my previous posts on the abbey ruins and cemetery in Donegal, I realized how many of my photos featured shadows and gray sky. This last batch of photos is to assure you that, at least a few times, we did actually see the stone, bay, and sky bathed in bright, warm sunlight.
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One of the most beautiful places I have ever had the privilege to be is the Abbey Cemetery and ruins in Donegal, Ireland. The ruins were once a Franciscan Friary, founded in the late 15th century, that was destroyed in the early 1600s. When we visited Donegal, the edge of the ruins could be seen from our hotel room. I wandered there during our free evening and returned the next morning at sunrise to get a few more photographs before we moved on. It will probably take me a few posts to show you the quiet beauty of the ruins, aside from any of the individual interesting tombstones I managed to capture.
The cemetery and ruins jut into the bay on a rough section of ground. There are paved paths, but the land is rough and uneven. Like so many of these cemeteries in Ireland, the tombstones date from long after the abbey fell into disuse.
Despite the houses that can be seen further around the bay and the commercial area in walking distance, this is an isolated place.
St. Columb’s Cathedral and churchyard abut the walls of Derry, and I managed to steal a few minutes and walk through during our tour of the Derry walls. I only got to take around 20 photographs.
While walking the streets of Galway, Ireland, I was able to find this church with its small adjoining churchyard. Monuments and gravestones are packed in the church’s back and side yards.
When I am driving and we pass a cemetery, my husband and friends will tease me about pulling over to take cemetery photos. I admit, it’s something I have been known to do if we are not on a schedule. I was paging through my old photos and I discovered a number of photos from my last trip to Ireland that were taken from the bus windows as we sped by cemeteries and churchyards. I can’t tell you specifically where most of these are, but they demonstrate the lovely scenery we were able to experience.
In the middle of the Antietam National Battlefield, you come upon a cemetery.
In 1862, Samuel and Elizabeth Mumma resided on 150 acres of this land, including the cemetery, with their ten children. By the time of the battle, the cemetery had existed for more than 60 years. Prior to the Mummas, the Orndorff family owned this farm, and Major Christian Orndorff was interred in the cemetery in 1797. The Mummas acquired the property in 1811.
As troops approached Sharpsburg, the Mumma family fled their farm and took shelter at a nearby church. When they returned after the battle, they discovered that Confederates had burned their farmhouse to prevent it from being used by Union sharpshooters.
In the 1870s, the family deeded the land to allow burials of other community members, particularly congregants from nearby Dunker Church – itself constructed on land donated by the family prior to the war.