Aghadoe

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Aghadoe (Irish: Achadh Deo) is a large townland overlooking the town and lakes of Killarney in County kerry. Officially it is also a parish, although the parish is larger than the area normally associated with the name. The area is famous for its views of the lakes and islands, including Innisfallen Island. 

Innisfallen or Inishfallen (from Irish: Inis Faithlinn, meaning "Faithlinn's island")[1] is an island in Lough Leane; one of the three Lakes of Killarney. It is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park.

The monastery was founded in 640 by St. Finian the Leper, and was occupied for approximately 850 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The monks were dispossessed of the abbey on August 18, 1594, by Elizabeth I.

The location of the monastery on the island is thought to have given rise to the name Lough Leane (Irish Loch Léin), which in English means "Lake of Learning". It was here that one of the greatest of Ireland`s kings was educated - Brian Boru, who destroyed the power of the Danes at Clontarf in 1014, while his distinguished professor, Maelsuthain O'Carroll, was most probably the original compiler of the famous Annals of Innisfallen.

Other must see places around Aghadoe are the ruins of 13th century Parkavonear Castle and of "Aghadoe Cathedral," an old Romanesque church in ruins, make the spot popular with tourists and archaeologists.

Aghadoe takes its name from Acha Da Eo, which is Irish for "The place of the two yew trees". (It was traditional for church yards to have only one yew tree).

There is a very moving ballad about Aghadoe.

A young man that joined in the 1798 Rebellion and escaped from the government's mopping-up operation and hid with the help of his lover in Aghadoe was finally arrested due to her son's treachery and was beheaded and now sleeps like an Irish King in Aghadoe. Although this ballad appears to be a tragic love song, its real motive is not private and emotional, but public and political in that it allegorically expresses love of Ireland and the hatred for England.

There's a glen in Aghadoe, Aghadoe, Aghadoe There's a deep and secret glen in Aghadoe Where we met my love and I, love's fair planet in the sky In that deep and silent glen in Aghadoe

There's a glade in Aghadoe, Aghadoe, Aghadoe There's a deep and secret glade in Aghadoe Where I hid from the eyes of the redcoats and their spies That year the trouble came to Aghadoe

But they tracked me to that glen in Aghadoe, Aghadoe When the price was on his head in Aghadoe O'er the mountain through the wood as I stole to him with food But the bullets found his heart in Aghadoe

I walked from Mallow town to Aghadoe, Aghadoe I took his head from the jail gate to Aghadoe There I covered him with fern and I piled on him the cairn Like an Irish king he sleeps in Aghadoe


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