A favorite photo I originally found on a Ferbane, Offaly, Ireland website that is no more.

Behind the Stone, Ferbane, Ireland

Ferbane was the town near my grandmother’s birth in Creggan, Kings County.
The more I look at this photo, the more it reminds me of The Graveyard Book by @neilhimself

Thanks to Tom’s comment below, this photo is likely from Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, which is northwest of Ferbane.


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    Comment by Tom Cox — January 25, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    I am sure your photograph is actually Clonmacnois Monastic Site, not Ferbane, Co. Offaly (formerly King’s County). Only 10 miles apart as it happens!
    Kind Regards

    Tom Cox

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    Comment by Tom Cox — January 25, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

    P.S. I live in Ferbane! By the way Clonmacnois is very much there and part of our Diocesan life.

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    Comment by John — January 25, 2012 @ 9:43 pm


    Of course – sorry for the confusion! I originally was just posting the photo and thought I should add a little context, but my poorly written text and title confused things.

    What I meant to say was that the site I originally found the photo on is a Ferbane website that is no more. (Ferbane.tv)

    My knowledge of the area is from family research alone, but I should have realized that tower was a clue to it being Clanmacnois!

    Hoping one day soon I’ll get to visit the area in person and meet some cousins.

    Thanks for your comments – I’ll fix the text in the post to avoid confusing others…

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