The Emerald Isle

Ireland. Richard FitzGilbert de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, widely known as Strongbow, entered Ireland in 1170 by way of Waterford harbor, into which flow three of the great rivers of the southeast, the Nore, the Barrow, and the Suir. Further east, the Slaney, flowing into Wexford harbor, begins its journey to the sea far to the north in the Wicklow Mountains – another way into the heartland for any raider arriving on Ireland’s southern shores. The South & Southeast ABOVE: Ardmore Cathedral, County Waterford. This outer wall features some stone carvings retrieved from an earlier 9th- century building. LEFT: Reginald’s Tower, part of Waterford’s city walls, was originally built by the Vikings and greatly extended by King John in the 12th century. It has been recently restored to give today’s visitors a glimpse of its medieval origins. OPPOSITE: Boats moored on the Suir river in Waterford harbor. OVERLEAF: The Luggala valley, Wicklow mountains, County Wicklow. 116