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KYLEMORE BENEDICTINE ABBEY, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Originally built as a castle residence, it was designed by James Franklin Fuller & Ussher Roberts. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete. The castle covers approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with over 70 rooms and the principal wall is two to three feet thick. The abbey was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. ~Wikipedia

KYLEMORE BENEDICTINE ABBEY, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Originally built as a castle residence, it was designed by James Franklin Fuller & Ussher Roberts. Construction first began in 1867, and took one hundred men four years to complete. The castle covers approximately 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) with over 70 rooms and the principal wall is two to three feet thick. The abbey was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I. ~Wikipedia

Ireland- must visit one of my motherlands someday...would love to take my mom :)

Ireland- must visit one of my motherlands someday...would love to take my mom :)

Blarney Castle, Ireland.  At the top of this castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone.

Blarney Castle, Ireland. At the top of this castle lies the Stone of Eloquence, better known as the Blarney Stone.

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