Wallace High School GCSE Religious Studies pupils visited Glendalough recently for a three day exploration of the Celtic monastic site founded by St.Kevin. The group also visited the high crosses and round tower at Monasterboice, Trinity College Dublin and the Vale of Avoca.
They saw St.Kevin’s country in all its beauty at a site once considered one of the most important locations for pilgrimages in the ancient world. During the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries Ireland became known as “The Island of Saints and scholars”.
Erin Boyd and Laura Thompson explained, “We didn’t think it would be so pretty and we now know why St.Kevin chose it for his home”. The simplicity of this early form of Christianity stands in contrast to the lofty cathedrals of Christendom.
When St.Kevin headed for Glendalough he was no doubt looking for a location that reflected the beauty of God’s creation and the sun shone down on these modern explorers as they made their journey from Lisburn. Pupils Beth Doherty and Beth Farrelly said, “It was a long journey to make, but well worth it for the experience”. The group was lead by Mr Paul McCabe and Miss Sara Stevenson.
Last modified: August 24, 2010