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This evening I have decided to focus on the historic-and very popular-city of St Andrews which is located on the east coast of Scotland, about an hour and half north of Edinburgh.

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Today, the weather in Glasgow has been quite poor and consequently not favourable for photos. Rain is lashing down as I write this. In any case I had to spend time today completing my tax return which resulted in today being ‘an admin day’.

In light of above I have decided this evening to focus on the River Boyne and its place in Irish history.

Boyne is one of the earliest recorded place names. Ptolemy recorded the river at the Bavinda ( a transliteration of the Celtic ‘illminated cow’) as far back as AD 150.The name Boinn orBoand refers to the goddess or divinised River Boyne.

Close to the Boyne can be found the famous prehistoric passage tombs of Bru na Boinne dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Here there are 30-40 tombs found at Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth. Passage tombs comprise a circular mound or cairn delimited by a ring or kerb of stones covering a structure consisting of a passage and chamber. Newgrange is the most famous of the passage tombs. The Boyne region is also noted for the concentration of megalithic art; some 70pct of decorated stones in Ireland can be found here.

Moving forward to 1690 it was close to the Boyne that as fought the most famous military engagement in Irish history, the outcome of which still resonates to this day, particularly in Northern Ireland. The Catholic James II and Protestant William III commanded armies totalling 60,000 men. William’s forces won the day, and in so doing secured Protestant ascendancy over the Catholic establishment in Ireland of the time.

Here is a video clip of the battlefield whilst below can be found a reenactment soldier at the Visitor Centre.

Battle of the Boyne, Reenactment

Battle of the Boyne, Reenactment, Ireland

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This evening, in the midst of winter with temperature hovering around zero and rain lashing against the window, I have decided to look back and visit some of my favourite scenic images taken during Ireland tours in summer time. Ireland is great for photographs-when the weather is right. A note of caution: it has been known to rain in the Emerald Isle!

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