Carraig an Aifrinn
Collection:Aran
Description:A photograph of a large rock in Inismeain which is one of the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. The name of the rock is 'Carraig an Aifrinn' which is an Irish phrase meaning 'Rock of the Mass'. During the 1700s, when Ireland was ruled by England, the practising of Catholicism was proscribed. Frequently, the Catholic mass was said outdoors and a large rock was used as an altar. The rock in this photograph was once put to this use. Hence its name. Beyond the rock, the sea is visible.
Subject headings: Aran Islands -Rocks -Seas -Altars