Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry
Posted by Neil Hand on the 12th of September 2016 at 08:30:24
Gallarus Oratory is probably one of the most famous sites on the Dingle Peninsula which is located in the county of Kerry, on Ireland's south-western sea board. This small chapel which looks like an upturned boat, dates to between the 7th and 8th centuries and has remained largely unscathed from the ravages of the Atlantic winds for nearly 1,300 years.
Set amidst the beauty of Dingle, with the greens of Ireland glistening before you, an overwhelming stillness and serenity descends upon you as you enter this small and revered site. Stepping over the threshold you are transported back to early Christian Ireland when the local farmers came and prayed on the same ground you stand on today.
Surveying the chapel, you marvel at its construction which was built without mortar using locally sourced stones, while the wild winds of the region seem to murmur the prayers and hopes of those who have gone before and your soul feels at once renewed and alive………