Monday, October 10, 2016

Exploring Ireland - Day 4 - Belleek Pottery Factory

Our first stop on Day 4 was at the Belleek Pottery Factory where we had a wonderful tour. 

We got to observe each step in the making of this delicate china. 

Each piece is still hand decorated today, and our visit gave me a new appreciation for the few pieces that I own. 

Next, a brief stop was made at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of Noble Prize-winning poet W.B. Yeats.

Later we stopped was Lissadell House, the country estate of the Gore-Booth family and the childhood home of Constance Markievicz, one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

Having been a fan of Downton Abbey, I found the most interesting part of this tour to be the downstairs area where the servants lived. 

We stopped very briefly at the Knock Marian Shrine in County Mayo. It is said that on this site in 1879 there was an apparition by the Blessed Virgin Mother .  There was just time to say a few prayers before we were on our way to Galway.

1 comment:

  1. what wonderful photos you have to remind you of your holiday x