Posted by Special guest blogger on 11/11/2014 to
Danu Bucket Challenge
The Danu Bucket List started in Armagh, and there is so much to see in this beautiful historical city. Katie and the gorgeous Alfie completed the first challenge then passed the wrap on to Alison, seen here Joshua. Katie and Alfie who brought along their matching Turkish Delight tu-whoo, also joined in the fun. Site no.2 was The Palace Demesne Armagh This stunning Georgian palace, home to the Mayor of Armagh, also boasts some fabulous Georgian stables and fine Chapel on the site.
Situated within walking distance of the City Centre, for over two hundred years the undulating parkland of the Palace Demesne has been one of the glories of Armagh. The Demesne, comprising some 300 acres, is the creation of Archbishop Richard Robinson. The Palace was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975.
The Palace stables have been beautifully restored to their former beauty and are a well-known spot for Wedding photographs. True to form, we were delighted to get a Bride & Groom in our photo, which we reckon scored us a few extra #danubucketchallenge points!
We did not stop there, and ambled about the Palace itself, cheekily letting ourselves in the great door. It's a stunning Palace and well worth a visit if in the area. To the side of the Palace is the Primatial Chapel, a separate building in the style of an Ionic temple. We noted its heart-shaped keyholder matched the hearts on Tu-whoo, tu-whoo! Built in 1770, the chapel's interior is said to be one of the most beautiful surviving Irish ecclesiastical interiors, boasting a coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling; a delicate frieze; Corinthian pilasters; a gallery; magnificent pannelling; and pews.
In the Palace grounds we also came across this Giro d'italia monument, commemorating the recent 2014 tour which passed by.
One final photo shoot was at the entrance to the Palace grounds, where we found the Armagh Franciscan Friary which was built in 1263. It had prominent patrons in the city and the Franciscans played an important part in the city’s religious life until the Friary was suppressed in 1542 with the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII.
Some religious life continued, but the buildings were involved in welfare later in the 16th Century and were ruined by 1600. Two empty graves and two tomb recesses near the east end are reminders of the important patrons buried in the Friary Church, including Gormlaith O’Donnell, wife of Domhnail O’Neill in 1353. It is the longest monastery in Ireland. Cross the field behind it and see if you can find the hidden and peaceful Well of St. Brigit, but we never made it across sadly.
In one stop we managed to squeeze in so much history and beauty. If you ever visit Ireland, the historical city of Armagh is a must see stop! Danu loved its little visit here, and the welcome the local Armagh people gave us. It is amazing to look upon the Armagh Franciscan Friary and realise these walls are over 1000 years old! I wonder how much babywearing has happened in the past in this spot?
Of course for taking part in the Danu Bucket list Challenge, Alison received her #Ididthedanubucketchallenge woven wrap scrap goodie, she chose a Danu Lissadell key ring, wise choice.