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St Johnspoint Church – Just a bunch of stones?

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Ruins of Church, St Johns Point, County Down

Giovanni below was not impressed with St John’s Church. And he raises an interesting debate.

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The monks who were engineers – Nendrum monastic site

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Nendrum monastic site - Sun Dial

There are some wonderful Ireland-focused blogs. Perhaps we need an official directory of high-standard personal blogs pertaining to the island. This one is a charm – rmchapple.blogspot.com by archaeologist Robert M Chapple, which contains a wide variety of engaging topics. I certainly will not be trying to compete with someone who keeps a catalogue of Radiocarbon…

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Cystoseira baccata

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Rossglass Beach - Cystoseira baccata

Cystoseira baccata is a type of brown seaweed in the family Fucaceae. The name baccata means “berry-like” and refers to the small air bladders.

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Rossglass – Nature and People – Together or Apart?

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Rossglass Beach

Rossglass has an extended beach, a mixture of sand and various rocks of different sizes. St John’s Lighthouse is in the distance. The site is also the first in Northern Ireland to have a bye-law to protect  shore-nesting birds and seal pups from disturbance during their breeding season.

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St John’s Point Lighthouse (and Brendan Behan)

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St John's Point, Lighthouse

St. John’s Point Lighthouse, first shone its light in 1844, and was designed by George Halpin Senior – famous for his expansion of Dublin port. It is the tallest onshore lighthouse on the Irish coast (Fastnet is the tallest offshore lighthouse)

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Audleystown Cairn

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Audleystown Cairn

Audleystown Court Cairn is a dual court grave situated near the south shore of Strangford Lough, north-west of Castle Ward, 1.75 miles from Strangford village in County Down. It contained human and animal remains, as well as pottery and flint implements.

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Sketrick Castle

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Sketrick Castle

Sketrick Castle is a castle on Sketrick Island near Whiterock, County Down, Northern Ireland. It is surrounded by a drumlin landscape some of which is submerged in Strangford Lough as small islands.

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LV Petrel

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LV Petrel

Though now the headquarters for a cruising club on Ballydorn Bay, at Strangford Lough, the LV Petrel was commissioned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights in 1913, and built by the Dublin Drydocks Company.

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Ringneill Quay

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Ringneill Quay

Ringneill is a promontory enclosed on three sides by Strangford Lough. There is a causeway to Reagh Island and to the early monastery of Nendrum on Mahee Island.  The area around Ringneill Quay was once a busy place. Fishing boats on Strangford Lough anchored here, and a thousand years before we would have seen Vikings. Ringneill…

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