An old land, an ancient land, the land of our fore-fathers, the lands of our future children, Eiré (Irish for Ireland). A little bit of Irish history and building work. The Burren, the West of Ireland, this part of the modern Emerald Isle lay at the bottom of the ocean floor of 1,000,000 years ago. It stretches for over 250 miles and the landscape is almost lunar looking. It grows some very rare plants and flowers which can only be found in one other place on Earth, the Artic Circle. Over 90% of Ireland at this time was forest land. The early peoples, the Celts build the first structures pre-dating the pyramids back in 3000BC and sames of these can be found in the stoned circles of Knowth and Newgrange. (KNOWTH BELOW) The main structure at Knowth which has several rooms in it has over 250,000 tons of stone layered in different layers and covered with earth to form the roof of the structure. On the outside of the structure is large stones, each one weighing in at over a ton and with unique carvings that are thousands of years old... Now we move up a few thousand years to 700AD and to the small island located off Howth Peninsula in Dublin, Ireland's Eye. Here we have the remains of an old church on the island, St Kevin's. About 1200 years later we come into the 1900's, Ireland was battling the English to get them off our lands as we have been doing for 600 years previously when they first invaded Ireland. People were poor and worked on the lands as farm workers etc and lived in old thatched cottages, however back in those days, they would not have been painted so bright! However the British were not all that bad, they did leave us with some fine outstanding buildings such as the one below, Trinity College in Dublin. Where in the past, Ireland had sent its children abroad due to famine and later lack of employment, now we take them back and we open our arms to the peoples of other nations into the modern Island we have today... So you see, this tiny little island on the far west of Europe is deep with history and stories yet to be told. However even in this modern time, people still get left behind in the hussle and bussle of modern life. At the end of the day, we were Celts who were invaded by the Normans, the Vikings, the British and now it's tourists, and we all know why they came.... Sure, isn't it for our Guinness! René Bruun - Photographer and Irishman!