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.
I’ve written several times before about the association between sleep and death, and these tombstones exemplify another association – not only are the deceased characterized as being in slumber, but they are sleeping safely with their Savior, Jesus Christ. The families of the dead must have taken solace from this perspective on death and what comes after.
I tried to find more information about the tragic drowning of 8 men on Galway Bay on 1902. I found a lot of websites that included no more information than what is carved on this memorial. The only additional detail I located was that the men were sailing back from a wedding.