Ireland Travel February / March 2005


In the Ryans hometown of Portumna, located at the head of Lough Derg on the River Shannon, there are lots of places that have benefited from Sean's interests: Portumna Castle, Portumna Golf Club, Portumna Forest Park to name a few.

Overlooking Lough Derg to Tipperary

We visited the Portumna Forest Park, and drove through Woodford Forest, turning on a road used during the famous and epic march undertaken by O' Sullivan Bere to Leitrim through the Counties of Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo c 1602. The road was not too bad considering the age of it!

I spent one very cold morning on the shore of Lough Derg photographing Portumna Castle and Portumna Priory.

Portumna Priory c 1254

Priory Graveyard

... body of Dermot Meagher of Cloncrog?in who died the 2? April 1681

... Oh Lord Give unto the soul of Owen Kelly who departed this life 1708 aged 81 yrs Erected by Timothy Kelly

Priory Cloister

Time to bid farewell to the Ryans and Ireland - off to Shannon and to the US.
Ann Harney

Dublin / Wicklow Visit ~ Clonmacnoise / Kilcormac ~ Portumna ~ Loughglynn ~ Front Page


Portumna Castle & Priory
Auvergne Lodge, Elizabeth Ryan's B & B
Portumna Golf Club
Clonmacnoise ~ Kilcormac
Glendalough , lots of history here.
Another photo journal ~ Previous Trips ~ Mountains of Mourne ~ Narrow Water Keep ~ Bovevagh Area