St. Runius Church (3 Images)

St. Runius, also known as Old Kirk Marown, is a very quaint old church which still has candles for lights instead of electricity. It is known as Old Kirk Marown because a new church was built in its place in 1853 on the main Douglas to Peel road. St. Runius is a simple structure dating from the 12th century with alterations and extensions from 1750 to 1755 and in the late 1790’s. It is called St. Runius as it is dedicated to St. Ronan of Lismore in Ireland and Marown also takes its name from this Saint “Ma-Ronan”, Marown. In the images below you will notice that this church has a very unusual feature being an external double stone staircase which leads up to the once music gallery, the original doorway into the gallery has been filled in with stone to match the church. I have put on three images, two of the church as couldnt decide which I liked the best as one is in sepia. I have also included an image to show the candles they use to light the church when in use.

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St Patricks Chair.

In a field called Magher y Chairn in the Parish of Marown, between Braaid and Crosby, there are three granite stone slabs standing tall next to each other which are known locally as “St Patricks Chair” or”Chairn y Pherick”. Two of the slabs have early Christian crosses carved on the front of them. Originally there were five granite stones standing but two have fallen over and lie amongst the other large stones which may have formed part of a burial site. The site itself is protected by a wire fence to stop any damage to the remaining stones as it stands in a field used for farming sheep.

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Road or a Lake?

We have had, like many people, an awful lot of rain lately and its caused Island wide flooding. Whilst out driving up north the other day we came across many flooded roads, some almost unpassable and this road was one of them. It did make me laugh though when two ducks went paddling by infront of the car making it look more like a lake than a road.

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The Manannan arriving in Douglas Bay (3 Images).

The Manannan is a 96 metre wave piercing catamaran which offers passengers fast and comfortable journeys to and from the Isle of Man. Her main route is to Liverpool and back at a journey time of just 2hrs 45mins each way.

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Sunset Over Douglas.

Couldnt pass up the chance of taking this image of the beautiful sunset over Douglas. This image was taken on my Nikon D40-X using my 18-55 lens.

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Damage To Ramsey Promenade (2 Images).

On Monday 3rd of February we suffered another storm with another sea serge due to high winds and the high tide. We have had a few now and this time more defences were put into place around the Island to try and prevent more damage and flooding such as bigger sand bags and large boulders around the coast to pretect sea walls. Unfortunately many coastal areas were damaged again which is a warning of how powerful and unforgiving the sea can be. Below are images I took of the damage caused to Mooragh Promenade in Ramsey.

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Storm Serge In Castletown.

On Saturday 1st of February we experienced another storm serge which coincided with an 8.3 metre tide. Its was really wild and scarey at times. The power of the sea is unbelievable. This lead to flooding and damage in many parts of the Island.

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Castle Rushen In Castletown.

This castle is one of the most complete castles in the British Isles. The lower keep is the oldest part, being built about 1250 by Magnus the last Viking ruler. In 1313 the castle was taken by Robert Bruce. In 1343-45 the castle was enlarged by William de Montecute and again by others at the end of the 16th century. The keep stands at 74 feet tall and the four towers, one on each side, vary in height from between 70-80 feet and the walls vary in thickness of 7-12 feet. The clock is in the south tower and is thought to have been presented by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1597 when she held the Island. The castle was used for many years as the seat of government and it had always been used to hold prisoners until 1816 when it was converted into the Islands main jail until 1891. The castle stood unused for many years until was restored by Lord Raglan when he was Governor from 1902 t0 1919 then in 1929 King George V presented the castle to the Manx nation and today is looked after by the Manx National Heritage. Visitors to the Castle can indulge in its history and hear from some of its inhabitants, including Bishop Wilson who you will find in his cell and the castle guards in their vaulted rooms. You’ll also be able to dine with the Kings and Lords of Mann in the great banqueting hall, experience the sights and sounds of a Medieval kitchen and visit the gatehouse. Each year throughout the summer season there are special open days held at the castle where cannons are fired and special displays are held inside the castle. To the side of the main entrance there is Castle Rushen registry office which is very popular for weddings.

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Jurby Church

Jurby Church, also known as St Patricks Church, was first built in about 1213 and was a very simple church. In 1829 the present church was built using material from the previous old building and its attractive interior today is due to the work of Deemster Farrant. Most of his predecessors are buried in the churchyard. During the second world war the church was adopted by R.A.F. Jurby which presented the east window overlooking the airfield. Inside the church is an R.A.F. ensign dedicated by the Island’s Bishop in 1979 in memory of all who served at the station and outside in the graveyard there are a number of war graves, for British, Commonwealth and Polish servicemen. They died mostly from aircraft training accidents. This church is such a pretty church and sits on the headland at the coast and has lovely views South to Peel and inland across the rural North of the Island, towards the hills.

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Ravens at Ballafayle (3 images)

These two scultured bronze ravens are sat on rocks on the side of a hill above Ballafayle. They are dedicated to well known politician and speaker for the House of Keys Sir Charles Kerruish  who sadly passed away in August 2003. Its such a beautiful, peaceful place with stunning views especially on a lovely, sunny day like today.

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