November 2009.

Sunday,  29th November, 2009:  Sorry about the lack of updates lately.  I was away in New Orleans for work and was unable to do anything with the site.  Plus, when I got back I was pretty ill so I just wasn't up to doing updates.  I will resume tomorrow with a site in Co. Carlow.  I did manage to get out on Friday and took some friends up to Newgrange in Co. Meath.  Meath is a county that I am really looking forward to getting on this site so I was glad to see Newgrange again. It amazes me that even at this time of year the site attracts huge volumes of people.  Anyway, I'm back updating and will hopefully get out to a site or two this weekend.

Wednesday, 18th November, 2009:  As you know I try to do three updates per week.  Unfortunately I will be extremely tied up with work over the next 10 days so there will be no more updates this week and only one next week.  I will resume normal updates after next week.  The site is still growing so bare with me as I update the glossary and menu systems.  The one thing they don't tell you when you set out to do a website is how much work and menus and things are...they take up more time than the actual posts.  But slowly and surely it is coming together!

Monday, 16th November, 2009: My apologies to followers and readers of this website.  I  accidentally posted a review of Yusuf Islam - Live in Dublin on my private site and it went onto the Standing Stone by mistake.  I removed it immediately but it may have found its way into readers.  Sorry about that...

Saturday, 14th November, 2009:  Fantastic day today.  We went into Tipperary and visited an astounding 16 sites.  I don't think I've got around to that many before in a single day.  It was also an amazing array of sites.  We saw; ringforts, standing stones, passage tombs, churches, tower houses and a medieval bridge.  I'm looking forward to getting these sites loaded up.  Unfortunately these will be my last visits for a fortnight but I've so many sites to post up that I won't be slowing down on the updates.

Monday, 9th November, 2009:  Just a couple of quick things.  Firstly, Carlow is now part of this site.  I've only uploaded one site so far but will upload more in the coming weeks.  I look forward to adding another county or two in 2010.  Secondly, the glossary pages are all slowly being updated to include pictures and are being interlinked which should make navigation easier.  Finally, all pictures now being uploaded are high resolution.  If you simply click on a picture you will see a larger hi-res version.  The older posts still have compressed pictures but in time I will replace these which is a big task but worthwhile in the long run.  There is still so much to do with the glossary and menus - not to mention the actual posts - that it will take me some time to replace all the old photos. It's looking like Offaly or Tipperary this weekend - I'm in two minds.

Saturday, 7th November, 2009:  What a day!  Windy, rainy and cold but extremely successful.  I finally made it down to Carlow and saw plenty of stuff.  The famous 'Brownshill Dolmen' was spectacular with its huge 150 ton capstone.  Ran into a bit of bad weather on the way to a couple of standing stones which we never got to see but we ran into an old church which was quite unusual and unfortunately very overgrown. Made a detour to see a bullaun stone at a modern Church of Ireland church.  There was also a Holy Well nearby that I was unable to locate.  A small standing stone was the next stop and then onto another portal dolmen which was the highlight of the day and is now the header to the website.  Unfortunately we didn't get to see the stone pair at Rathglass but the weather was too bad and it looked like a lot of fence hopping and cattle dodging - they can wait for another day.  In Laois we stopped by the Cist burial at Manger which was fantastic.  I had been meaning to get there for a long time and it didn't dissapoint.  Finally we saw a ruined medieval church near Stradbally...what a find!  It was by far the best ecclesiastical site I have seen in Laois and one of the most unusual.

Sunday, 1st November, 2009:  The glossary updates have been completed with only a few pages needing to be re-linked.  I managed to do it without subscribers and readers being disturbed too much by it.

No visits this Ireland.  I was in England all week and saw many sites over there.  I am going to add a new section to the this site about sites I have visited outside of Ireland.  Obviously this will be a much smaller portion of the site compared to the Irish sites.  This weekend I will be finally heading over to Carlow and up into Tipperary to see some standing stones.

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