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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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Abbey ruins (34) These ruins and the interspersed graves were so compelling that I just couldn’t stop taking photographs. Abbey ruins (9)

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These photos continue my post from yesterday about the abbey and cemetery on Donegal Bay. The photos I’ve selected for today show a lot more of the abbey ruins.

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As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the graves date much later than the abbey, so a lot of the memorials are actually within the footprint of the old buildings.

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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.

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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.

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Despite the houses that can be seen further around the bay and the commercial area in walking distance, this is an isolated place.

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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.

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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.



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