I left Trim after breakfast. I was making my way to Leixlip. I passed through Summerhill and Kildare and had some lunch.
The next little town I went through was Summerhill. The photo is of the village green, a narrow grassy village park lined with large deciduous trees. It has a cast-iron water pump and is surrounded by rubble limestone walls. Two and three-story Georgian and Victorian homes face the park. The green was laid out around 1930. The long driveway it faces used to be the entrance to the Summerhill Demesne, but it was demolished in 1970.
Next, I went through Kildare. There was a large parking area, so I parked and had some not exceptional fish and chips. I don’t remember where. So, don’t blame anyone in these photos.
The town of Kildare is very near Dublin. It dates back to the 5th century. In Irish, Kildare is Cill Dara, “church of the oak”. Brigid is said to have established a Christian community beneath an oak tree here.
I really did spend a lot of time completely lost and turned around, trying to figure out what road to take next.
I saw this on the grounds of Scoil Chóca Naofa, a Primary School on Church St, Commons East, Kilcock, Co. Kildare, Ireland. It looks kinda like a clochán or bee hive hut. Clochans were built in ancient times with dry-stone, stacked stone without mortar in south-west Ireland, along the coast. They had a corbelled, arch-like roof.