Driving throughout Ireland, you often see the sign ‘Reilig’ in the middle of nowhere or you pass by an old unused graveyard on your journey and more often than not you pay little attention to them unless they are some well known heritage site such as Clonmacnoise or Glendalalough or they are on the main tourist trail.
I’ve often said to myself I must stop off and take a look at these graveyards and try to get an insight into the history within them, but of course I’ve always been in a hurry to get somewhere and too busy to stop.
So now in 2014 I’ve finally decided to visit a few of them across the country and hopefully try to research a little bit about some of the people buried in these places, the history of the area itself and any interesting local titbits which I find interesting. I’m aiming to visit all 32 counties in Ireland at least once on this journey but I’m not putting a timeframe on this other than I hope to post something at least once a month.
A few people I’ve mentioned this project to have said, “that’s a great idea, I know of a graveyard you should visit” & my list of places to go is growing fast..so I’m hoping you will feel the same and pass on information on any places you think I should see.. you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send me a message on my Twitter or Facebook pages.
Now I must warn you, I’m not a historian or heritage expert & I’ve never written anything for public consumption (or private consumption!) previously so this is a steep learning experience 🙂 hope you enjoy and look forward to your feedback.