A Walk Around Gougane Barra

Name of walk A Walk Around Gougane Barra
Date of walk 2014-09-02

One sunny afternoon we decided to take a trip to Gougane Barra in County Cork. We were last there a couple of years ago when we did the Pilgrimage Walk on Gougane Sunday, the Feast Day of St. Finbarr, which starts just below our cottage in Knockanuha, County Kerry, and continues over the mountains down to Gougane Barra, and ends with a Mass at St. Finbarr’s Oratory on Holy Island, given by the Bishop of Cork. There has been a shrine to St. Finbarr on this site since the 6th century. http://josweeney.net/pilgrimage-walk-from-kilgarvan-to-gougane-barra/

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Holy Island is reached by a causeway on the left.

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St. Finbarr's Oratory was built in the nineteenth century..

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Some excellent reflections this afternoon.

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It always makes for a great photo!

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View back to Cronin's Bar where we went at the end of the walk.

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The view west beyond the church.

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The church has a richly decorated interior.

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The hermitage courtyard contains many stone cells where the monks would spend their time in prayer. Around the walls are the 14 Stations of the Cross.

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The remains of the original monastery kitchen from 1700

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A hare.

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Toilets with a thatched roof. Cool!

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Heron.

Always a excellent place to visit! There are forestry and mountain walks to do too.

Jo.

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