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  • Day35

    Cork to Cardiff

    October 5, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Our last day in Ireland so decided to go as far south as we could from Cork. Took the bus to Kinsale at 10am and 50 minutes later arrived in the lovely seaside town. It was sunny by the time we arrived and quite warm as we strolled around the town and up the roads surrounding it. There were many arty little shops and some beautiful sights of the harbour. It did seem quite a touristy village, but much had been left untouched. The brightly coloured houses, pubs and shops were everywhere and were featured in much of the artwork for sale. After sandwiches at a quirky little cafe and an ice cream further along the road we caught the bus back to Cork. We taxied out to the airport being very cautious about the time we needed to check in so consequently after a very quick ride, we were there with almost 3 hours to fill in before our flight to Cardiff. While relieved to see our bags still met the 20kg required we were disappointed by poor service and food even though the airport had been awarded best airport in Europe in its class! Our flight was 35 minutes long and we were at our hotel right in the centre of town by 8 15. As we have such a short time in Cardiff we went out straight away and wandered around the main streets for an hour before finding a lovely bar for a drink. First impressions are that the CBD had huge wide traffic-free streets, all very clean and modern with every thing big-shops, signage, sculptures. Even the church bells which were ringing were extra loud. Only downside seemed to be a huge number of homeless people. Looking forward to spending tomorrow morning here.Read more

  • Day103

    Cobh (Cove)

    December 15, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    Took a day trip to Cobh this morning, formerly called Queenstown. The former queen named it after herself when she visited prior to the sailing of the Titantic. One Ireland gained independence from the Brits they renamed it back to its original Gaelic name. It was a beautiful little town only 24 minutes from Cork. The town is known as the last sailing point from Ireland before heading to New York on April 11, 1912. Cobh is known as heartbreak harbour because of the heartbreak the Irish people felt when their families were leaving for America. The Karl next to the Titanic museum is called Kennedy park in Irish pride if JFK. It was a lovely place with lots of interesting history.Read more

  • Day103

    The Titantic museum

    December 15, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    Well it started to rain and so I decided to take in the Titantic museum. So glad I did, it was fantastic! As I was waiting for the tour four people in camo gear walked in and right away I knew they were Americans. Sure enough! The woman walked in and asked "what's this museum all about"? Dah! I guess they never saw the blockbuster with Kate and Leo. The poor irish girl was so kind but I knew she was a bit put off. Cobh was the last pickup point and 177 people left from there to sail to New York . It took three years and 3 thousand men to build the ship. The third class compartments in the ship were better than some of the hostels I have stayed at.Read more

  • Day4

    Dublin to Cork, Ireland

    August 23, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    Picked up the car from the airport today and drove from Dublin to Cork via Killarney and Waterford. We took the backroads enjoying the beautiful green hills and stone stacked fences sectioning off the lush emerald fields. Some backroads have speeds of 100km per hour - not possible I say. Then you have some cars travelling at 50km per hour when it is 120 km. We stopped in Waterford and walked around the town centre, had a quick visit to the Waterford Crystal factory and saw the remains of the Viking Wall dating back to AD914. I think I want to name Waterford - Op Shop Central, we must have passed at least 15 of them. They did have some amazing murals throughout the town. Arrived in Cork about 6.15pm have had dinner now for an early night after our big days and nights in Dublin.Read more

  • Day5

    Blarney Castle & Cliffs of Moher

    August 24, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    Well another magical day. Blue sky at the Blarney Castle, kissed the Blarney Stone. I wish I had spent a day here wandering around the grounds, they are so beautiful. We then headed to the West Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Luckily for us the rain held off. As we drove into the car park the rain was pouring down sideways from the wind, we put on our wet weather gear and it stopped just long enough for us to walk along the Cliffs and snap our photos. We headed back to Cork through Tipperary, a busy little city with lots of old style charm. Love the Emerald Isle. Everyday just gets better.Read more

  • Day44

    Cork, Ireland

    September 15, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    We traveled to Cork City which used to be Europes main seaport.
    The highlight today was a guided tour of the Old Middleton Jameson Irish Whiskey Distillery which is still in use today. This excellent, detailed visit included three original pot stills. One of these copper stills is the largest in the world holding 31,000 gallons.
    We ended the tour in the tasting room where we sampled their Irish Whiskey.
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  • Day4

    My first Kiss (with a giant lucky rock)

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    Well we did it! When you come up to the Blarney Castle and grounds, you could honestly get lost in the mazes and gardens that lay before you. But obviously we didn't look around when we got there... We headed straight for the castle to make the climb to Kiss the Blarney stone.

    The Blarney Stone was said to be blessed (or cursed, depensing how you think of it) by a witch a long, long time ago and that any person who kisses it develops the "Gift of Gab". For those of you who don't know, that is the ability to talk... And talk... And talk... And talk. (Like the Irish do)

    So we walked into the castle and climed the very very tall spiral stone staircase (that gradually closed in on you as you went... Honestly) until we got to the top of the castle to the barricade lookout. Once there, you had to lean out over the edge of the castle to reach the wall to kiss it, while being held by a friendly tour attendant. If you are on the shorter side (like me), you have to scoot out so far that it feela like only the tip of your bottom is touching the floor and the rest of you is literally hanging over the open hole. There are no nets and no safety features except for the handles you see in the pictures. And I absolutely loved every second of it.

    On the way down we explored all of the rooms and nooks/crannies that we found, but I think we were all too distracted riding the high from kissing the Blarney.
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  • Day57

    Ireland / Touring the Ring of Kerry

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    11th September 2017.
    More views along The Ring of Kerry. Headed right to the bottom of Ireland to Cahirsiveen where we got off the track and went to the waters edge and found the local Inn which is famous for its smoked salmon. Yummy!
    It was so rainy and windy we nearly got blown Away! Brrrrrr
    Nice scenery.....but to me it looks like NZ at winter Time!Read more

  • Day4

    Wishing not to fall down these stairs

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    After making our waterfall wishes, we headed through the garden again to see all of the places where witches are said to reside or frequent. We found the Dolman rocks.. Simply one rock balancing awkwardly on top of another that no one knows how it got there or why it is that way. It is said that passing through the opening below can unlock magical things... It magically allowed me to get from one side of the rock to the other!!

    Next up, the witch's kitchen. There is a witch who lives here at night and burns fireword that was paid for by the wishes of the wishing steps (see below) in order to keep warm. We went and checked it out, she has a very low-tech kitchen.

    The witches stone is a stone which looks like a witches face. Yup.

    And finally, we camebacross the wishing stairs! Another witch blessed/cursed object, it is aaid that if you walk down the stairs backwards with your eyes closed while simultaneously thinking of your deepest wish, it will come true. To be extra magical, the threebof us walked down like this andnthen back up with our eyes closed, also.

    So many wishes coming true!!!
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  • Day143

    Day 143: Kinsale & Cork

    July 8, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    Took our leave of Denis a bit later this morning, and headed eastwards along the southern coast of Ireland. This area is much more sheltered than the coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean, and is noticeably less rugged - more beaches and gently rolling farmland, nowhere near as many cliffs and boulders!

    It was actually only a couple of hours drive to our destination for the day: Kinsale. This is another harbour town, this time on the southern Irish coast. We arrived just on midday and decided to head straight for an early lunch of fish & chips on the beachfront - very tasty and filling, though it was quite slow service!

    Spent an hour or so wandering around the town which was a picturesque little place. It was almost as nice as Kinsale and other "prettiest town in Ireland"-type places we'd visited, but far fewer people. No gigantic tour buses, and no caravans either which was a welcome change. Still plenty of tourists around, but not as crowded as we'd gotten used to. (That said, most of the non-town spots along the Ring of Kerry weren't crowded since we'd gone in reverse order - a fact that both of us had remarked on while driving).

    After an enjoyable poke around the town we drove 15 minutes south to one of the most southerly points in Ireland. There's also a memorial here for victims of the SS Lusitania, a fully-loaded passenger liner that was sunk nearby in 1915 by a German submarine, killing more than 1200 people and making it one of the worst maritime disasters in history - worse even than Titanic.

    It's a vexed ethical question, because although it was a civilian passenger liner, the Germans maintained it was carrying munitions for the war effort. The British and American governments insisted that it wasn't, although in the 1980s secret cabinet documents were released proving the Germans correct (and that it was probably some of the munitions exploding that sank the ship so quickly, rather than the German torpedoes). Remember as well that the USA was officially still "neutral" in WW1 at this point, although surreptitiously supplying arms to the British and French. Most of the lives lost were Americans, and the sinking of the Lusitania was ultimately one of the catalysts for American entry into the war.

    Moving on from the problems of a century ago, we headed for our accommodation - a small cabin style place on the waterfront outside Kinsale. It was a nice little place, though unfortunately the wifi signal didn't penetrate the walls so we had to sit outside to use it! Thankfully our 3G worked fine.

    Spent the afternoon enjoying a rare patch of sun, working on some videos and general internet catching-up. Stayed in for dinner, cooking pasta on the stove.
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County Cork, Cork, Corcaigh

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