Corcomroe Abbey, 12th Century, Ireland

Last night there wasn’t anything good on TV, so we watched one of our movies…it is one of Laurel’s favorites, and although it’s sort of a romantic chick flick, I must confess that I enjoy this movie, too.  It’s name is Leap Year, with Amy Adams and Matthew Goode. It’s about a young, overly regimented American whose boyfriend (a cardiologist) is in Ireland for a meeting.  She hears a story about how on the Leap Year on the last day of February, the girl can propose to the guy…and it’s supposed to bring the subsequent marriage good luck.  So, she sets out to get to Dublin to surprise him with a visit and to propose to him.  Problem is, when she gets to Ireland, she has all sorts of trouble getting to Dublin.  Goode is an Irish pub owner/taxi driver that she hires to get her to Dublin on time.  Their adventures are pretty doggone hilarious and you can probably guess the ending – but I’m not going to tell you how it ends.

At any rate, one scene in the movie involves the ruins of a castle in Ireland.  One of the things that I found most interesting when we were in Ireland was the castles, so I thought maybe I’d share pictures of a couple of them with you.  Today’s is from Corcomroe Abbey dating to the 12th century.  It is believed that the construction began between 1205 and 1210, though it may have been earlier.  The abbey features very detailed and intricate stone carvings which were not typical of such buildings at that time.  In fact, legend says it was built by a king who had the 5 masons responsible for the work executed so that they could not build a rival structure anywhere else.

It was a very cold, rainy, windy day when we were there — just what one would expect in the Burren region of Ireland!

Corcomroe Abbey in the Burren region of Ireland

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1958, the king, Elvis Presley, received a nice little letter from the US Government in Memphis ordering the king to report for duty in the armed forces.  They did, however, give him a 60-day deferment to allow him to complete filming the movie “King Creole.”

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the term, “Happy go lucky” has been traced all the way back to 1665.

 

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