Ardpatrick monastic site, Co Limerick.
Uploaded; Patrick's Day 2015

Although we'd flown the area many times before, this was a totally
unplanned aerial location, spotted as we were heading back to land at
Shannon Airport which was our base for the day.
The low early spring light picked out what appeared to be a prominent
and extensive archaeological site so I captured a few frames to research later.
Coincidentally this turned out to be Ardpatrick and was photographed only a few days prior to Saint Patrick's day ( 17th March ).
From what I've just read, this early Christian 5th century monastic site
according to legend was founded by Saint Patrick, Ireland's national
saint and is situated on an earlier pre Christian hill fort.

Camera; Digital
Photo; 14 March 2015
Stock library image file # 1dsm3_f5_6043

Saint Patrick monastic site. Saint Patrick
This close up detail shows the ruined base of a round tower just outside the walls and also shows the remains of enclosures with evenly lined patterns of what I'd guess are lazy beds - an early method of cultivating crops.

Detail view from above;
detail of 5th century monastic site. Ardpatrick Co Limerick
Monastic sites in ruin.
Ardmore round tower Kilcrea abbey Sherkin island abbey ruins
Ardmore round tower
File # dr_f2_7067
Kilcrea Abbey / Friary, Co Cork
File # d4990
Sherkin Island Abbey
File # d0249
Ireland Aerial Photography,
John Herriott photography, Kilbeg, Bandon, West Cork, Ireland
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