Standing High Above the Ocean

9 Oct

This weekend we took a fun history filled trip to Galway, the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. Galway is absolutely beautiful and we certainly enjoyed our escape from the big city life that we have in Dublin. While exploring the town, six of us went together to buy Claddagh rings from a local shop. These rings have been manufactured in Galway since the 1700s and represent love, friendship and loyalty (Wikipedia). We later joked that we were like the Power Rangers with all of our matching rings!

Our group hopped onto the bus and headed for the Aran Islands early Saturday morning. We took a very choppy ferry ride over to Inis Mor, the largest of the islands, and were greeted by some amazing tour guides who showed us all around the island throughout the day. My favorite stop on the tour was Dun Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort at the top of a cliff.

Legend has it that this fort was built by the Fir Bolgs after a series of deadly battles and is named after their first lord, Dun Aengus (Voices from the Dawn). Although experts are not 100% certain, it is believed that construction began around the 2nd century (Wikipedia). While some historians believe that the fort was used for protection, others think that it was simply used as a town center or as a place for religious worship (Voices from the Dawn). As you can see in the picture below, the fort is composed of four stone circular walls that stand 6m meters high (Aran Islands). It is located on the edge of a 100m cliff that stands high above the Atlantic Ocean.

Dun Aengus on Inis Mor

Dun Aengus on Inis Mor

Dun Aengus was a pretty magical place. It was so cool to stand in a fort that is hundreds if not thousands of years old. Unfortunately, we do not have places like this in America since we are a fairly new country but that just made this experience even more meaningful. We could have spent the entire day there exploring and taking pictures. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to wander around the fort and the island with all of my friends in the FIE program. An added bonus to our trip: the weather was absolutely beautiful! I could not have asked for a better day!

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