I came across this bronze and stone piece at Brandon’s Creek, County Kerry, Ireland. It commemorates the supposed departure of St Brendan for America in the 6th century from this location – some 900 years before Christopher Columbus set sail!
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Interesting sculpture! The story, however, seems a little suspect . . .
Oh you cynic!! 😂…. but wouldn’t it be wonderful if it were true! Check out Tim Severin who reconstructed the boat and voyage in the 70’s. And isn’t there a Viking settlement in Newfoundland….. anything is possible!!
I believe that Christopher Columbus came to visit the Irish monasteries to find traces of this crossing in the old writings before his own journey.
Yes I think he consulted maps and wind patterns, etc….. Amazing if it were true – that would be some journey wouldn’t it!
It is the same for Icelanders who arrived in Newfoundland around the year 1000, but without realizing the extent of their discovery. At that time there was no CNN to relay their arrival.
Or WordPress for them to keep us up to date with their trip!
Only to go for evangelise but colonisation is something Columbus did in a big way even by later Spaniards like in St Augustine FL. St Brendan church my oldest son was baptised in Ormond Beach FL!
That’s the same Brendan – Brendan the Navigator…..
Yes I know
It may be another Irish myth but sure, aren’t they all wondrous stories anyway. It’s a lovely piece and I love the way Brendan is dwarfed by the stones.
It would have for a great blog post wouldn’t it!!!
Thanks for adding the last shot … it gives great context to the scuplture
You’re right – it does make a difference…. We were actually at the creek and heading back to the car when I caught sight of the sculpture – almost missed it.
I came upon this beautiful piece when in Ireland in February of this year. I was going through a particularly difficult time and had gone away to seek God.
The little figure with the huge sail obscuring the way ahead was exactly how I felt. I felt God say to me to not worry that I couldn’t see the way ahead but just to trust Him. 8 months later, my way ahead still isn’t too clear but I am at peace knowing my God loves me and each one of my family. A lovely young friend is just about to paint a wonderful painting of this sculpture for me to hang at home! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9cDyS5hWmHM
Thank you for sharing your story Sarah – I wish you well on your journey.