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The Ring of Kerry

We are staying in Killarney for 3 nights and are a bit put off by how touristy it is. Never the less the Lakes of Killarney await, around the Ring of Kerry we go! Our first stop was Ross Castle. Perched on the lake, it has been restored using only period techniques (it has a roof!) and period furniture brought …

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Dingle Peninsula Freestyling

Sometimes you just got to make it up as you go. Monday we left county Clare for county Kerry and the Kilrush Marina to take a ferry to Scattery island an uninhabited island with 5 church ruins and 1 round tower. On the way we hoped to spot some of the famous dolphins but…upon arrival we discovered the ferry had …

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The Rock of Cashel…

No this isnt about a movie with the back story of the rock and the advent of the peoples elbow.  It is the continuation of our mid-Killarney-Kilkenny castle viewing! The castle sits up on a rock overlooking the town of Cashel.  It was originally a richly decorated in stone chapel in Roman-as style.  This was walled a bit later and …

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Cahir Castle…

In our travels from Killarney to kilkenny we made a stop in the middle to do some castle viewing. It was a quick visit.  There were several rings of walls to the castle plus a moat and river surrounding the base.  The front door to the castle is above witha a cannon gaurding the way. The castle keep was restored …

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The Burren: Rocks up high and down low

Sunday we traveled to the west coast and visited the Burren Area (a ecologically unique flat limestone plateau. Our first stop on the loop was the Cliffs of Moher. The view was stunning, looming so high over the Atlantic, with the O’Brien’s Tower in the background at the crest. It was early in the morning so the sun was only …

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Adventure cancelled..

Today was an early start.  Up well before the sun.  And a bit of a drive out to Portmagee from Killarney.  We were scheduled to catch our boat ride for an hour trip over to skellig michael, the home to an 8th century monestary and also filming home to the new star wars movie. Once we got there and got …

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Fields and whiskey of Kerry…

Today we were in the county Kerry, widely known as one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland.  And I think they’re on to something here.  The wide and gently sloping fields are an amazing green each bordered by either bush or more likely stone walls.  In fact most walls here are made of stone.  Its like the island is …

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Northern Ireland’s Causeway Coast

Thursday we left Dublin and drove three hours to the top of the island and drove east to west on the Causeway Coast. So many stunning views and rock formations, here are a few of our favorite stops. Kinbane Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy Harbor, White Park Bay, Dunseverick Castle, Giant Causeway, Dunluce Castle

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Trinity College & Hugh Lane Gallery

Our second full day in Dublin started off with Hurricane Ali. Down graded to Storm Ali once it hit land, it brought winds of 100 km/h and knocked down large tree limbs through out the city. There were 2 blocking the road outside our hotel when we got up. We braved the pounding wind (no rain yay!) and tried to …

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I like old books and I can not lie…

So another day another adventure into the world of old books. Maybe it’s time you could call me a antiquarian, though I don’t actually own any valuable books and none older than my college years. So perhaps hold off. Anywho we visited the Armagh Robinson library in Armagh Ireland. This is an old library specializing in 18th century books, though …