Belfast, Northern Ireland - September 2017

The Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)

Samson and Goliath, Harland & Wolff’s Gantry Cranes

The Titanic Museum and Set for “Game of Thrones” (right)

The Albert Clock, has a bit of a tilt like the leaning tower of Pisa

First stop on trip to Derry (Londonderry)

Outside the First Derry Presbyterian Church

The First Derry Presbyterian Church

An actor portrays an 18th century reverend

Memorial to the Siege of Derry in 1689

The Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall

The wall around the old city of Derry is now a pedestrian walkway

St. Augustine’s Church on the site of St. Columba’s Abbey

Cemetery at St. Augustine’s Church

St. Augustine’s Church in Derry

Cannon on the wall used to defend Derry during the Siege of 1689

The Memorial on the Diamond at the center of Derry

Dedicated to the citizens of Derry who lost their lives in World War I

St. Columb’s Cathedral Derry, Church of Ireland

St. Columb’s Cathedral Derry

Memorial to two men who died in the Siege of Derry, 1689

King William III (Willam of Orange)

The Bomb Font in St.Columb’s Cathedral

Note on the Bomb Font - The Siege Mortar Shell

View from the Grianan of Aileach

Walking up to the ring fort on a windy day

Heather growing on the hill

Closeup of the heather

Entrance to the ring fort. Very thick walls

Inside the ring fort

Exiting the ring fort through the only portal

Countryside near the ring fort

The Ponderosa, highest bar in Ireland at 946 feet above sea level

Having a Guinness at the Ponderosa Bar

Cozy ambiance at the Ponderosa Bar

Back in Belfast, The Salmon of Knowledge, known locally as The Big Fish

Closeup of the Salmon of Knowledge

Looking down the Lagan River in Belfast

McHugh’s Bar in the oldest building in Belfast

Day trip to the National Archives in Dublin

Day trip to County Armagh and Armagh City

Inside the Armagh Public Library

Art in the Public Library

Drawing of ancient Irish Piper

Old map pf County Armagh

Looking across at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland)

Inside St. Patrick’s (Church of Ireland)

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Catholic)

Traveling to the Boyne Valley, County Meath

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Center, Oldbridge, County Meath

Williamite soldiers were ordered to wear a sprig of green in their caps

And Jacobite soldiers wore a white cockade in their caps

In the Jacobite Uprising of 1689, Louis IV of France backed James II in his attempt to retake the English throne from William III

The Battle of the Boyne was the final battle of the Jacobite Uprising of 1689 resulting in victory for the Protestants under William of Orange

A cannon like those used at the Battle of the Boyne

The River Boyne near Oldbridge

The 5,000 year old passage tomb at Newgrange in the Boyne Valley

Near the entrance of the Newgtange Tomb

Monasterboice, a 5th century monastery in County Louth

The cemetery at Monasterboice is still in use

The Cross of Muiredach is believed to date from the 9th century

The west face of Muiredach’s High Cross

The West High Cross at Monasterboice

The West Cross and the Round Tower at Monasterboice

Plaque on the Round Tower at Monasterboice

Copyright ©  Mike Perry, 2011