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Saturday, March 5, 2011
094 Wall Down.
The Old Testament says that when the Israelites came into the Promised Land after forty years in the wilderness, they marched around the city of Jericho each day for for six days. On the seventh day, the priests blew their trumpets, there was a huge outburst of shouting and the walls fell down. There's a popular song about that too - 'Joshua at the Battle of Jericho'.
Then there's the great story about Rahab, the Canaanite prostitute, who hid the Israelite spies who sneaked in to check out the city. You don't believe me? Well, it's all there in the Old Testament! Check out: Hebrews 11:30
Better still, read all about the event at: http://www.answersingenesis.org/creation/v21/i2/jericho.asp
It's not exactly what happened here to another portion of Curraghmore's perimeter wall at Clonagam (see image/post 083), but was most likely caused by the high winds we had the week after Christmas last . . . and old age!
Anyhow, such freaks of nature keep James and Mick (seen here) permanently busy,
which is good news in these days of recession.
The gap in the wall opened up some great, seldom-seen views within Curraghmore estate, including this intriguing circle of stones and beech trees within. At an 8-week lecture series on the Comeraghs and surrounding area organised by Waterford's county Heritage Officer - Ms. Bernadette Guest, held in Rathgormack last autumn, I was suprised to learn that this was an ancient stone circle.
Looking the opposite way i.e. N.W., Clonagam church fitted nicely into this beautiful landscape showing the mountain, Sliabh na mBan, in the background, and the Shepherds' Pond to the left .
Immediately south of the stone circle, but looking W. here, was this ancient 'erection', known as 'Mother Brown', consisting of two pieces of local conglomerate stone.
At the lecture series mentioned under 094a, this object was described by an archaeologist as an 'idol' from the ancient past. How ancient, I'd love to know.
There are very many stories about Mother Brown, but how truthful they are I'm uncertain, so won't mention any of them here!
Mother Brown, in a contemplative-looking mood!
Another view of Mother Brown, with camera facing north.