An old friend visited us last week. So we took him to see Innisfallen Island in Killarney. It's in Killarney National Park and you get to the island by boat. We duly paid the ferry man (we ignored Chris De Burgh's song advice) and he took us a mile across Lough Leane ("Lake of Learning" ) to Innisfallen Island.
It was our second visit but we still picked up on the serene and peaceful atmosphere of the Island. The abbey was founded by St Finian the leper in the 7 th century. It is said to be a seat of learning and the 'Annals of Innisfallen were written there. These are now stored in Bodleian library in Oxford in Blighty. Innisfallen Island's most famous student is Brian Boru. The lad who introduced the cow tax to Ireland. See previous blog posts if you're interested.
I had never heard of rural isolation until I moved to Ireland. Some times I think I would go mad without the Internet, satellite television, my smallholding and the country side. How do other smallholders cope with rural isolation?