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  • Day5

    die erste Burg - der erste Regen

    May 30 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    aus Waterford Richtung Killarney mit Stopp am Cahir Castle ....graue Wolken begleiten mich und hüllen mich das erste mal in irischen Regen - nur kurz, dann wird der Himmel heller und es geht auf typischen irischen "N"- Straßen weiter - mal schmal, mal breit, mal Asphaltmemory, mal nichtRead more

  • Day1

    Ab ins Grüne

    April 11 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Sooooo…, da Dublin ja erst zum Ende der Reise eingeplant ist, war es nur ein kleiner Aufenthalt. 1-2 Bierchen im Pub, Besuch in der Touristen Zentrale und dann ging es eben im Bus weiter Richtung Limerick. Einmal durch ganze Land an die Westküste.
    Hervorzuheben ist aber noch der Bus Terminal am Flughafen. Da es in Dublin 3 verschiedene Busunternehmen gibt, war das Chaos dementsprechend hoch.
    Die meisten Touristen wussten wohl auch nicht, dass man die Tickets vorher über eine App buchen und auch gleich bezahlen muss. Mir wurde das ganze zu blöd. Also Daumen raus und keine zwei Minuten saß ich auf den Beifahrersitz eines nach Irland ausgewanderten Franzosen, der mich auch noch mitten in Dublin raus gelassen hat. Die Franzosen sind also doch ein recht sympathisches Völkchen. Merci
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    Sag ich doch😜 Weiter so👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 [Jenna]

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  • Day4

    Cahir Castle

    August 16, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Ein willkommener Unterschlupf bei Regenwetter auf der Strecke von Carlow nach Cork ist das Cahir Castle.

    Es war der Sitz der mächtigen Familie Butler, der wir schon in Kilkenny begegnet sind. Eine audiovisuelle Präsentation in deutsch erklärte uns, auf was wir unsere besondere Aufmerksamkeit lenken sollen.

    Das Castle behielt ihren beeindruckenden Burgfried, den Turm, sowie viele
    ursprüngliche Verteidigungspunkte bis heute bei.

    Die Burg von Cahir ist eine der größten und am besten erhaltenen Burgen Irlands, die sich auf einer Felseninsel im Fluss Suir befindet. Die Besichtigung in gebückter Haltung enge Steintreppen hinauf und hinab zur Latrine, dem
    Mörderloch und dem Brunnenturm bereiteten uns eine kurzweilige Stunde.
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  • Day4

    Die Anglerin und der Strassenfuzzi

    May 23, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Das könnte der Titel eines Pornos sein, es beschreibt aber nur das Bild der Menschen, die man auf den Landstraßen von Irland sieht ;) auf jeden Fall scheint die Welt auf dem Land noch in Ordnung zu sein. Und so schlenkern wir uns durch die Straßen bis nach Cashel, wo wir uns für die Nacht ein B&B suchen. Eingecheckt, trinken wir ein Bierchen auf dem Burghügel und essen in der Kellerbar eines Hotels bevor wir ins Bett fallen.Read more

  • Day15

    Day 15 - Caving in Mitchelstown

    August 15, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    We all got up earlier than usual as there was packing to be done before heading out.

    Around 10.45am we set off north for Mitchelstown in Tipperary. We drove to Lismore, then up the R668 & into the Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of County Waterford & South Tipperary. The drive gave us some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

    We stopped at The Vee, an overlook, which provided a stunning view down on Bay Lough. I was so impressed, I got out of the car to take a photograph! We passed Grubb’s Monument, a stone pillar, then took a sharp hairpin bend & descended down to Clogheen & on to our intended destination, Mitchelstown Cave, dubbed ‘One of Europe’s Major Showcaves’.

    We arrived around 11.30am & paid our entrance fee, the rather hefty €9 each & we were told to wait up the path for the next tour to start at midday. Luckily for us it wasn’t raining, apart from just a small shower.

    At 12.00pm, our tour guide opened the gates & wooden door. We & about 30 other people descended the 88 steps down into the dark dank cave. Once we were all down into the cavern, our enthusiastic tour guide, told us that the cave had been discovered in 1833 by local farm worker, Michael Condon. The cave is privately owned & wasn’t developed & opened to the public until 1972.

    The cave consisted mainly of three accessible large caverns, which contained the usual stalagmites & stalactites, but also included the rather impressive 9 metre tall speleothem, the ‘Tower of Babel’. In the largest cavern, known as the Concert Hall, we were told that it hosted many musical events & was a film location for Series 5 of the TV show The Vikings.

    The tour guide invited someone from our tour group to sing a song to emphasise the extraordinary acoustics. This was Angela’s golden opportunity to become an overnight singing sensation, but she declined the offer. I didn’t blame her!

    After 40 minutes the tour ended with us climbing up the 88 steps back out. It was a pleasant little Cave tour, but I would genuinely be surprised if it was actually ‘One of Europe’s Major Showcaves’.

    We returned to the car & removed our coats & put them in the boot. As we were doing so, I saw Chris put his mobile phone on the top of his car & my immediate thought was “I hope that doesn’t scratch the paintwork’. Both Angela & Jackie noticed Chris put his phone on the car & thought ‘I hope he doesn’t forget that’. Apparently even Chris thought to himself, ‘I mustn’t forget my phone’ when he put it on top of the car!

    Needless to say we drove off with the phone still on the roof. It seemed to have clung on for dear life by the magnetic case, because it wasn’t until we had got back on to a main road & got up to about 50mph, that there was a thud as Chris’ phone crashed on to the tarmac.

    Chris spun the car round, stopped & jumped out to retrieve his phone, case & business cards that were fluttering around as traffic raced past. I got out to help, but not until I had taken a couple of photos. Unfortunately the screen on the phone was shattered like a spiderweb. Surely this unfortunate incident should ‘stay on tour’, but no, not in this cruel world of cyber bullying, photos of the damaged phone & accompanying explanation were on Facebook within seconds!

    We continued to Mitchelstown as planned & Chris dropped his phone off at the aptly named ‘Phone Fix’ shop. It was going to take an hour to repair, so we had lunch, coffee & a roll in The Kitchen in the Centura Supermarket. After lunch we mooched around & returned to Phone Fix about an hour later, but were told it would still be another half hour.

    We had another mooch, this time round the pretty dismal market, selling mainly junk, in the New Market Square. The only thing of note was that there was a fine statue of ‘Patriot’ John Mandeville, who was a leader in the Land League wars of 1880s. He died in 1988 having spent two months in Tullamore Jail. The bronze statue was erected in 1906 & also commemorates Casey, Lonergan and Shinnick, who were shot in 1887 in New Market Square by police.

    Eventually, Chris’ phone was fixed & we drove back home via Fermoy. Once back at the Cottage, we loaded up the car & we said “Goodbye” to Chris & Angela who were heading to a fancy Golf Club & Hotel in Waterford for a wedding the following day.

    It turned out to be a nice sunny afternoon, so Jackie & I caught up on our social media, monitored the cricket & played a game of Cribbage, which I can’t believe I am writing this, but Jackie won. At 7.00pm, black clouds gathered overhead, so we got ourselves ready & took a 2 mile, 45 minute hike into the nearest town, Tallow.

    Arriving around 8.00pm, we were disappointed to find that none of the local pubs in Tallow had any live music on that evening & the Chinese Restaurant was closed. We found the liveliest pub, T J Keniry, which had 4 people & a barman in it & ordered a much needed pint. By 9.00 pm, there was one less person than when we arrived so we gave it up as a lost cause & bought a couple of bottles of red from the supermarket.

    We then went to the ‘Chipper’ & order 3 battered sausages & a portion of regular chips to share. We sat on a wooden bench in the High Street & ate our tea. We were now showing our true class! Unfortunately the battered sausages, although freshly made, had been over fried making them way too firm. We didn’t like them.

    After that second disappointment, we set off on the 2 mile hike in the quickly fading light. As we passed a Stud Farm a black & white cat came running out & followed us for the next mile & a half, all the way back to the Cottage. The cat was mad, every 50-100 metres it would run ahead of us, then roll over on to it’s back & hope we would stroke it. We didn’t, but it wouldn’t take the hint.

    Back at the cottage we shut the cat out & heard it meowing in the front garden. We resisted the urge to let him in, by cracking open a bottle of red & playing another game of Cribbage. Miracle don’t happen twice & I well & truly thrashed Jackie. For those who play Cribbage, I nearly lapped her!

    Song of the Day - The Cave by Mumford & Sons
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  • Day4

    Rock the Cashel

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    First stop on our tour was the Rock of Cashel! It is said that when Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to rid the land of the devil, the devil threw a giant rock at Saint Patrick which he evaded with the help of a Shamrock. On this site, a large castle was built between the 11th and 13th Centuries that house a variety of high nobles and religious figures from Ireland, and the tomba of many of these people still rest in this place.

    Walking the grounds was a very sombre affair, with crows overhead and the ruins of tombstones surroubding us, but the importance and history of the monument was definitely not lost.

    Up next, Blarney Castle!
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    Laurie Best

    Breanna please let Taylor know that my grandmother was from Skibbereen in County Cork. Thanks 💕

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  • Day144

    Day 144: Cork to Dublin

    July 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Up and out for our last day in the Irish countryside. We had a surprise breakfast from our host, Angela, who provided breakfast even though it wasn't included in the listing. She seems a bit vague, as she was surprised to see Schnitzel yesterday, and also didn't realise that we were only staying the one night, not two. Like I said, a bit vague, but nice in a grandmotherly sort of way. Though it took a minute to convince her that we weren't leaving because we were unhappy!

    Again not much planned for today, other than the long drive up to Dublin 200 kilometres away. There's two main landmarks between Dublin and county Cork: Blarney Castle, and the Rock of Cashel. We'd investigated both online and decided they seemed like gimmicky tourist traps, plus we've seen an awful lot of castles over the past couple of months! So we decided to skip on Blarney Castle, and visit just the Rock of Cashel.

    Not too far to drive thankfully, only an hour or so which passed quite quickly. Doing a bit of research online, we'd found that merchants in the town of Cashel would give you a voucher for free entry to the Rock when you spent more than 15 euros in store, and that the voucher was good for two tickets. Since entry was 8 euros each and we'd probably have lunch in town anyway, it was too good to pass up!

    So we grabbed lunch at a pub (actually a breakfast since it was 11:45 and the kitchen wasn't doing lunch yet), filled up and then headed for the Rock. Amusingly, our brunch was only 13 euros, but the waitress gave us the voucher all the same. Interesting little scheme to bring business to local merchants, rather than presiding over empty shops and cafes while tour buses clog up their roads (the deal isn't available to coach tour passengers).

    The Rock itself was quite good - a ruined cathedral on a rocky outcrop above the grasslands here. It's quite flat, and you're clearly on the highest point for miles around. I'm not too sure on the history of the place, but the oldest parts still standing dated from not long before the Norman conquest and I think fell into ruin (like many religious buildings) during the Reformation of Henry VIII. As a side-note, it's amazing how often his name comes up in discussions of history in the UK and Ireland - probably more than any other monarch. Elizabeth I, Mary Queen of Scots, Charles II (first monarch after the civil war and Cromwell period), William the Conqueror and maybe Edward I as well are the only ones who come close.

    One of the chapels here had some very intricate murals and detailing inside, though very little still remained. It's nice as well to be able to easily (albeit roughly) date churches and religious buildings after having seen so many of them. We can pretty quickly tell our Romanesque from our late Gothic and so on!

    Left Cashel and drove the remaining couple of hours to Dublin and checked into our apartment around 4pm. It's cosy and compact, but will be comfortable enough for a couple of days. Only problem is that the wifi signal is terrible, the router must be downstairs in the corridor or something as none of our four devices get more than one bar of signal.

    It was a bit miserable outside and we had to park about 5 minutes away to find free parking, so after a trip to the supermarket we decided to stay in for the afternoon/evening. Supermarket pizza for dinner as per usual!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Rock of Cashel from below

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    Joel Baldwin

    Front entrance

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    Joel Baldwin

    Inside

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  • Day12

    Cashel (Südküste)

    August 9, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Nach einer unruhigen Nacht wartete ein „super“ Frühstück auf uns: Der Kühlschrank in der Unterkunft wird von der Besitzerin aufgefüllt und jeder Gast darf sich bedienen. Also durchsuchten wir erst einmal die Küche, was es überhaupt zur Auswahl gab: Fünf Packungen Butter, genau soviel gekochter Schinken, zwei bittere Marmeladen und noch ein paar seltsam aussehende Sorten Frischkäse. Zum Glück haben wir vom Airbnb selbst noch Semmeln und gekochten Schinken mitgebracht. Frühstück war somit also ganz okay.

    Heute regnete es schon in der Früh, somit beschlossen wir einstimmig nicht, wie geplant, in die Stadt zu gehen, sondern gleich weiterzufahren. Auf dem Weg liegt die Mitcheltown Cave, auch hier klappte es mal wieder mit einer Führung. Die Höhle gehört, mit einer Länge von fast drei Kilometern, zu eine der größten Irlands. Im Inneren befinden sich insgesamt drei große begehbare Kammern mit Tropfsteinen die folgende lustige Namen besitzen: Orgelpfeife, Unterhaus oder Adlerflügel. Mit einer konstanten Temperatur von 12 Grad aber natürlich auch recht kalt.

    Eine der angeblich spektakulärsten Ruinen des Landes ist der Rock of Cashel. Angekommen, erwartete uns ein imposanter Blick auf eine gut erhaltenes Gebäude, umgeben eines Friedhofes, welches auf einem Hügel thront. Die Anlage ist, anders als die bisher von uns besichtigten, eine verfallene Kathedrale. Somit waren die Steinsformationen zwar echt schön, viel zu erkunden gab es aber nicht. Da der Regen auch immer stärker wurde, hielten wir uns nicht länger dort auf und zogen schnell weiter.

    In der gleichnamigen Ortschaft Cashel suchten wir Zuflucht vor dem Regen in einem Café. Laut Wetterprognose sollte die Wetterlage im Laufe des Tages nicht besser werden. Somit beschlossen wir, im nahegelegenen Einkaufszentrum einen kleinen Bunmel zu machen.

    Wir schauten ein bisschen umher und beobachteten das Einkaufsverhalten der Iren in einem Supermarkt. Eine Frau ist wirklich erwähnenswert: Zuerst kaufte sie eine Rolle Müllbeutel, öffnete diese gleich noch Vorort und verpackte anschließend ihren gesamten restlichen Einkauf in die Tüten. Zum Schluss hatte sie einen Berg von mindestens 10 gefüllten Plastiktüten. Sowas kennst man doch eigentlich nur von Amerika, oder? 😅
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  • Day7

    Mitchelstown Caves

    July 4, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Heading north out of Cork towards Dublin, after an hour we turn off to visit the Mitchelstown Caves.

    There's a small car park next to a farmhouse, with the ticket office the sitting room window 😊 It turns out the same family discovered and have looked after these caves over the years.

    Mitchelstown Caves was discovered on the 3rd of May 1833, by Michael Condon who was quarrying limestone when he accidentally dropped his crowbar into a crevice. He stooped down to pull out a few boulders to retrieve the bar, next minute he found himself looking down into a vast series of underground chambers, passages and caverns.

    Michael was determined to explore his discovery, accompanied by two boys named Sheely, using only candles, a rope and a burning turf tied to a string to judge depths of crevasses, they cautiously entered the cave. After spending hours exploring, the cave turned out to be far bigger than they were expecting and in attempting to return to the safety of the entrance their candles burned out leaving them in complete darkness for twelve hours before the father of the two boys found them. This is how this astonishing phenomenon of nature was discovered, which might otherwise have remained unknown forever.

    In the early 1960’s the decision was taken to develop the cave in order to make access easier. Electricity and footpaths were installed and completed by 1972, making it the first show cave in Ireland developed for the public. During development great care was taken to retain the character and natural beauty of the cave and environs and let nature speak for itself.
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  • Day7

    Rock of Cashel

    July 4, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Another hour north of Mitchelstown Caves we again turned off the main road to The Rock of Cashel. As we drove through the nearby village, the Rock stood towering over it.

    The Rock of Cashel (Carraig Phádraig), more formally St. Patrick’s Rock, it is also known as Cashel of the Kings. Reputedly the site of the conversion of Aenghus the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century AD. Long before the Norman invasion The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster, although there is little structural evidence of their time here. Most of the buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries when the rock was gifted to the Church. The buildings represent both Hiberno-Romanseque and Germanic influences in their architecture.

    Being one of the most visited Irish visitor attractions, its also very busy, but not unbearable. There's plenty of land around the site for everyone.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

County Tipperary, Tipperary, Contae Thiobraid Árann

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