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    • Day5

      Dungarvan to Clonakilty

      July 13 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

      Our first stop was in Ardmore where St. Declan founded the monastery at Ardmore (Aird Mhór in Irish, meaning "Great Height") prior to the arrival of St. Patrick in Ireland. Ardmore is believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in Ireland.

      The round tower at Ardmore may be of 12th century origin, but could have been built as early as the 10th century.

      Inside the Monastery ruins were two Ogham Stones which had the markings from a medieval alphabet to form a message - before the Roman alphabet was introduced. 😮

      We had Lunch in Kinsale, which is a very cute harbor town, then stopped at a 13th Century Timoleague Friary and explored all of the ruins.

      Finally, we visited Drombeg Stone Circle. It is a circle of 17 standing stones which on excavation showed that there had been an urn burial in the center. It has been dated to between 153BC and 127AD. 😮😮

      We ended our day/night listening to an Irish man from Cork tell stories and sing in a tiny bar next to our hotel - O’Donovan’s in Clonakilty.

      Interesting Fact I learned today: I obviously cannot smell as well as I thought. Everyone, but me, could detect a weird smell from our water glasses at lunch. 🤷‍♀️ I’m going to blame having COVID earlier this summer.
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      Love the scenery, so pretty! [JoDee]

      7/13/22Reply
      Traveler

      We missed the music because of COVID. Love this.

      7/14/22Reply
       
    • Day12

      Kinsale and Ardmore

      June 13 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

      After the weekend, we ventured over to explore Kinsale, a small coastal town, maybe 1 1/2 hr drive from Dungarvan. As with all drives, the last 10-20 km is nail biting. Oh well, getting used to the idea. Traveling on weekdays helps though. Certainly less traffic coming toward us! Kinsale is another coastal town, very similar to Annapolis in MD. Narrow, cobble streets, and shops everywhere. Unfortunately, the restaurant we wanted to have lunch at was closed on Monday. So sad, great location and have heard the food is amazing. Second choice was the Cliff House in Ardmore - another beach town. We did not hike the cliffs today but lunch on the patio over looking the cliffs and the water was a nice choice. Driving back down the cliffs? Yeah- can’t describe. Thank goodness it wasn’t the weekend!
      Every good trip that lasts this long requires some chores. Today was laundry day. We’ve been washing some things out by hand but it was time. By the way, Underarmour shirts wash up nice in sink and dry overnight. Got the big washer, so we put everything in together. Oh, laundromat is in the parking lot of the gas station. Yeah. Out in public for anyone driving by…….
      Off to the Beara peninsula to town of Goleen tomorrow. Staying at Herons Cove, our first B and B. Address? The Harbor!
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    • Day104

      Waterford on

      July 28, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Waterford is one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland with coast, village, fertile land and the mountains. Dungannon was passed through, another little village of the area.

      Now following the Copper Coast Road along the coast line to Tramore. This is a other narrow winding road through farmlands land as well. Coves, beaches, headlands line the coastal waters. Hidden thatch cottages along route. Strawberry is used for that ching rather than river reeds.Read more

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