Ruins After The Rain County Fermanagh by Aidan Monaghan
Ruins After The Rain
by Aidan Monaghan
The ruins of Bishop Miler Mc Grath’s castle reflected in a flooded field near Pettigo, County Donegal. The photograph was taken in early March following a period of torrential rainfall that flooded the surrounding fields. As I walked around the fields I noticed how perfectly the castle was mirrored by the flood water. As soon as the showers had passed I took the opportunity to capture the double image of the reflected castle.
A small plaque nearby explained the history of the castle. It described how Bishop Miler Mc Grath lived in turbulent times during the Ulster Plantation and that he maintained an army of 200 men. He was a skilled politician and a descendant of the hereditary overseers of the lands of the penitential Island known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory. Interestingly he switched his allegiances on several occasions through his life, being both the Catholic Bishop of the Dioceses of Down and Connor and later the Protestant Archbishop of Cashel. While this appears to have secured his lands and authority, it ultimately made him unpopular with both sides in the conflict. Accused in 1593 of being a common drunkard, carouser and open perjurer he was twice called to London to Queen Elizabeth to account for the allegations made against him. However, on each occasion he returned with more lands and benefices than he had before. Mc Grath lived to be 100 in defiance of all his enemies.
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