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I was reading a blog (http://antonalyptic) written by an Englishman, an electrical engineer, who now lives in Hollywood, Co. Wicklow. One of his interests is jogging bare-footed in Co. Wicklow. Another is appreciating his environment.

He asks: "Have you ever experienced a feeling that a particular location is special in some way - enchanted, if you will? In this blog I hope to present some of my own evidence and you sceptics can judge for yourself." He then describes five spots along the river Liffey between Ballymore Eustace (where I was reared) and Athgarvan (where I was born) in which he experienced such a feeling.

I have a particular interest in 2 or 3 places he mentions with which I am very familiar.  He writes:

1. Head towards Kilcullen from Ballymore: The cottage pictured below was my first focal point. There is something about this cottage that I like - it is something to do with the white painted iron fence, possibly resonating with some childhood memory. After passing this cottage you see the church ruins on your left, several hundred yards from the road. It doesn't show any evidence of prehistoric earthworks but does indicate several ancient monuments near the church, and interestingly a "hydraulic ram" (that's a ram pump). Interestingly my cottage is still there and is identified as "Stonebrook cottage".

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2.  This belongs more to my son - it is the five-ways junction marked "Carnalway" on a map. I will leave Jonathan my son to supply his own emotions should he ever read this post and want to comment, but I can at least testify that there are lots of trees here and a church, again in an odd position but this time possibly because it belongs to a large estate surrounded by an stone wall.

He adds: Conclusions? Is it just that I like locations where there is visual interest, especially trees, water and hills? This is certainly true. But I cannot help thinking that there is something more. And are the various churches (some in ruins so very ancient) and prehistoric earthworks just co-incidence?


WOW, I wish I had that kind of history around where I live. Boring...
Hugs, Jon
A famous Buddhist once said, "When you wear shoes the whole earth is covered in leather." Unfortunately my bare feet can't handle the bare any more.