If you are a fan of the surreal comedy series “Father Ted” then you will already have some kind of introduction to the area around here. Although made by a British company, and for a while banned in Ireland, the series became hugely popular.
The use of the word ‘Feck’ was perhaps the shows most enduring legacy and the creation of the nightmare-priest character Father Jack. He Spent his retirement in an armchair in the Craggy Island Parochial house saying very little apart from “Feck” “Girls” “Nuns” “Drink” “Gobshite” and in one memorable episode “That would be an ecumenical matter”.
If you can get hold of a video, do. If not, at least have a look at the website www.feck.com.
The parocial house is incredibly difficult to find, on a tiny road just pass the village of Boston, not far from Gort.
The house is a private residence, so you can only view it from the road - but if you are a real hard core fan, then this is a must !
Deep in the annals of Irish History are many accounts of rebellion against British rule. The United Irishmen rebellion right at the end of the eighteenth century was one such affair. It is perhaps often ignored due to the fact that apart from a brief success in Wexford it was an abject failure.
It was a non-sectarian movement that were inspired by the French revolution, and looked to France for the provision of troops and weapons. A fleet of 15,000 men did sail, but failed to land due to a spot of dodgy. History may well have been different if a few cheese eating surrender monkeys hadn't been scared by a few big waves.
The rebellion in County Clare was masterminded by a school teacher, but in truth it lacked direction on the ground. Many of the leaders were ruthlessly executed. One such execution happened in Gort and is commemorated by a blue plaque just around the corner from the 'Centra' store on the main street.
This area of Ireland is not exactly short on the old castle front. When I visited, I had a good look at the map in the centre of the town and saw some dotted lines depicting a castle just behind the bank in the centre of town.
I was quite aware of the fact that within justy a few miles of the town lie at least four castles, all of which are of some note, but I was on foot and has only a little time to kill.
I duly found a few old walls and windows but little else. I thought to myself - I'll google it later and find out the background. Guess what ?, I can find out bugger all about it. Some record of the local sixth century king building a castle in Gort, but beyond that on the internet at least - not a sausage.
If anyone reads this and can enlighten me, I would be interested to hear from them.
One of the finest Irish-Romanesque architecture which was
founded by St. Brendan in 563, and is believed to be
the burial place of the saint.
Reputedly founded by St. Colman MacDuagh in 610.
The restored round tower, 34m high with its doorway 8m from ground,
and leans 60cm out of the perpendicular.
3thc stone an oval granite block 90cm hogh with curvilinear
relief ornament in a style of the La-Tene.
Turoe Farm & Leisure Park
Bullaun, loughera, Co.Galway