Photographer's Note

Last year's holidays: we took 2 weeks in Ireland, Clare and Galway County. I start this travel log by a picture coming from the area we've fallen in love with: the Burren. Corcomroe is situated in the very north of the Burren, just off the main Galway to Ballyvaughan Road at the village of Bell Harbour. It is one of the most peaceful places on earth. It lies surrounded by green fields and limestone hills.

The Abbey of Corcomroe is also known as Sancta Maria de Petra Fertilis, Saint Mary of the Fertile Rock, and as the Abbey of Burren. It is supposed being founded by Dónal O Brien, King of Limerick, in 1194 for the Cistercian Monks.
From the web site Burren Page: Many battles were fought around here, between the O'Briens and their enemies. This is the account of one such battle from the Annals of Innishfallen. "A.D. 1267. An army was lead by Conor na Siudaine, the son of Donogh Cairbreach O'Brien, to Kinel-Fearmaic, where they wre joined by O'Dea and O'Hehir at the head of their forces. They went to the upper Canthred to bring the inhabitants thereof to submission, and they burned the Country north of Duibh-Gleann, and proceeded northwards to Béal-Clogaidh, near the sea, where they were met by Conor Carrach O'Loughlin and his allies and a Battle ensued in which Conor na Siudaine O'Brien together with a great many of his people were slain by O'Loughlin and the race of O'Donnell Conachtach O'Brien, and he (Conor na Siudaine) was buried by the monks in the Abbey of Burren." A monument was raised over his grave by the Monks and it can still be seen to-day in the Choir of the Abbey, not the one showed in this picture.

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