The last week of October was Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), for which I received 4 days off from work. Tank and I decided to make a week of it and meet his parents…somewhere. After much deliberation, the group settled on Ireland, where we spent time in Dublin and Galway (and the surrounding areas).
Rough life, I know.
**Spoiler alert**: Ireland is stunning.
I think my favorite part was the day we spent in the Burren. We took a tour (with the Galway Tour Company) and one of the first stops was at the Ballyalban Earthen Ring Fort (or fairy fort). I fell in love. This was the first time I looked around and thought “This is Ireland. I’M IN IRELAND. And it’s A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.”
Here’s the view from the edge of the ring fort.
The Celts built earthen ring forts on the tops of hills — the outer wall (built in a ring, and made of earth — hence the name) protected those inside from predators and also provided a better vantage point. It is thought that the Celts even brought their animals into the fort in the evenings for protection.
(Hi: Tank’s parents!)
Tangential thought: I’ve always been slightly confused as to how Robin Hood could live in the woods. In what? A tree? Ewoks maybe, Merry Men not so much. Now, however, I could totally see Sir Robin and his Merry Men living in one of these bad boys (even though I know the timing doesn’t work quite right for that).
You can kind of see the ditch that was built around the outside wall that was used to collect water.