Date formed: 1474 A.D., Donegal Castle Keep Stairs
Feet trod: Countless
Battles Waged: Unknown
Imaginations Kindled: As many as are willing
Dream a little today; it always makes my day better. 🙂 Slainte, Lisa
*For those interested in more history of the Donegal Castle, check this out:
540 Year Old Trip Stairs
The Trip Stairs
This amazing spiral stairway, built of stone, was designed to give the O’Donnell Chieftain a few strategic advantages during combat . . .
The steps areuneven and vary in height, to trip the unsuspecting assailant – hence their name!
The steps arenarrow, so potential invaders would have to ascend in single file, making it easier to overpower them.
The stairway turns clockwise going up. That gave the right-handedO’Donnells more leeway while sword-fighting defensively downwards. It also forced any potential invader to either sword-fight with his left hand, or awkwardly maneuver his sword around the stairwell’s solid central axis.
Found on http://www.ourdonegal.com/donegal-castle.html
We are having snow this morning….thick, wet, huge snowflakes that are melting as soon as they hit the warmer pavement. Which is great with me, as I am a pretty uncourageous snow driver. The snow is fading away quickly, like a good dream that disappears into thin air as you awaken.
But some things, the really good things, never fade away. The love of a special person, the faithfulness of God to us, the promises that God has made in His word that always come to pass, the hope of eternity spent in peace and joy and beauty with Jesus. These things will never pass away, never melt, never fade. I am thankful for these things this morning. Slainte, Lisa