After leaving a copy of The Keepers of Eire at Waterstones in Cork City, I headed out to County Limerick and the Grange Stone Circle to find the circle caretaker, Timothy Casey. I met Timothy the last time I was in Ireland-we exchanged postcards. My Irish luck held well as Timothy pulled up in his tractor just as I was thinking of trying the house across the road (he told me last time that he lived just across the road). Here are Timothy & I.
Those who have read my novel know that I have a caretaker for dragons that I named Timothy, after this wonderful gentleman.
Here are a few shots at the stone circle. Guess who made an appearance today?
I just love this stone circle-such magic here, at least for me.
Next, I headed toward my resting place for the night-Doolin, but I stopped in Lehinch and dropped off a book there, then spent some rain-free time at the Cliffs of Moher. Quite different from the last time I saw them.
I backtracked into County Limerick so I could understand the terrain at Lough Gur, where the Tuatha dragons and clan members from Munster & Connaught Provinces reside. Besides the large lake (lough), there is a small community, the Grange Stone Circle- which is the largest in the Republic of Ireland with 113 stones and an overall diameter of 64 meters. The tallest stone faces north and two openings are situated east & west. The circle was used as a calendar, with the rising sun aligned through the east/west openings on the summer solstice.
Tried to get these photos side-by-side, but I think you’ll get the idea.
While investigating the site, I ran across an elderly gentleman recycling his bottles & cans for the week at the recycler at the visitor’s center, Timothy, the Grange Stone Circle caretaker. We exchanged postcards and talked extensively about the area. Now I have a better idea when to place the clan compound.
I then proceeded back to County Clare. I stopped at Drumoland Castle (pronounced Drum O’lainn) and the coastline at Kilkee and Loop Head.
The Cliffs of Moher were my final stop before finding a resting place in Doolin.
The weather is what the locals call: Sunny spells with scattered showers!!
The views from the Cliffs of Moher were awesome.
The sun peaked out sporatically, but the wind gusts were constant.