Monasterboice

Family, International, Ireland

Back in 1998 our son Dave was a part of an archeological geophysical survey project here at Monasterboice, the site of a 5th Century monastery founded by St. Buithe. The tower here predates 1097 and the church ruins are 14th Century. The cemetery was established in the Middle Ages and burials continue into the present. Most grave markers list multiple family members buried in the same location and a marker on the tower speaks to the fact that the ground level is higher today due to burials. Today while we visited this peaceful location and wandered among the Celtic Crosses and ruins, we saw many families tending the well kept grave sites. There are a few interpretive signs here but we felt we had a deeper understanding of the history here thanks to Dave.

On a final note, Dave, it was indeed mostly cloudy and chilly while we were there on what was otherwise a beautiful mostly sunny day!

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