n idyllic town, Roscrea is the hidden jewel of Ireland. It was home to a convent, built in the medieval era for nuns who vowed to sing at all hours of the day. They sang to the plants, which grew massive and fed the village. They sang to the lace they crocheted, which shone like pearls and brought in money to expand the building’s walls. After the war, the convent was abandoned, but if you stand at its doors, you can still hear the music, and it will lift your soul out of the puddles and into the sky.
by Emily Markussen Sorsher