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    • Day4

      To much private property

      June 4, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Es macht einen nachdenklich, wenn man versucht einen interessanten Punkt in der Natur zu erreichen, aber man überall nur Privatbesitz und kein Zutritt liest. Gehwege oder Feldwege sind praktisch nicht existent ausserhalb der Städte. Schade eigentlich. Ich hoffe das sich das im Laufe der Reise ändert. Wäre doof, wenn man nicht mal durch die Natur wandern könnte. Zumindest den Fluß Boyne konnte man erreichen.Read more


      Wenn nicht schau doch mal im Internet nach offiziellen Wanderwegen. Vielleicht findest du da was. :)


      Burkhard Tünge war vor vielen Jahren auch mal in Irland, das gleiche hat er mir auch erzählt. In den Städten wird es aber hoffentlich immer was zu sehen geben. Das Wetter auf deinen Bildern sieht ja gut aus.


      Bisher ist das Wetter super. Ich hoffe bei euch auch.

    • Day8


      June 6, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      I got up and headed ashore to look for the showers leaving Tom to continue his dreams in the forecabin.
      Found the ladies showers and there was someone inside but couldn't find the gents.
      A few minutes later while still searching I heard a shout behind me, it was Tom!
      He hadn't been in the forecabin............he was in the ladies!!
      He had already been there...done that....whatever about the t-shirt.

      We had been invited to Ger's for breakfast so off we went up the hill to her house and later Ger took us on a tour of the surrounding area in her electric car.
      It was both Tom's and my first experience of travelling in one and were both impressed on how quite it was inside. There were many steep climbs but with Ger using the braking regeneration going back down, we didn't loose much range.

      Anyway back to being tourists.
      Ger took us up the Mourne mountains, to Cloughmor which is a big rock with brilliant views of Warrenpoint and the surrounding area.
      We then headed for the southern side of the lough and up Flagstaff Hill where we had great views of the lough.

      It turned out that Tom's father had been from Warrenpoint and he remembered visiting his relations when he was young.
      Ger drove him around the town bringing back memories for him.

      Later we dropped Tom off at the train station for his journey back to Dun Laoghaire while I took Ger out to dinner to thank her for all her hospitality.
      Unfortunally my eyes were closing after the meal and I was back on Eureka by midnight.

      Right, the weather was still good with no change in the forecast so seeing that I'm so near Scotland ...............ya, you guessed it. I'm heading north.
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    • Day3

      First trip on the left side

      June 3, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Hat gut geklappt mit dem Fahren auf der linken Seite. Bin sicher in Drogheda angekommen. Nettes Völkchen die Iren. Praktisch jeder hat mich unterwegs gegrüßt und schöne Landschaften haben sie. Nur leider konnte ich das nicht voll genießen, weil die Straßen hier ne KATASTROPHE sind. Der Aphalt kommt wahrscheinlich von der Firma 'Es könnte Kopfsteinpflaster sein'. Ich hoffe nur, dass es so nicht weitergeht. Jetzt erstmal ein Guiness und n Burger.Read more

    • Day7

      Always wear a lifejacket!

      June 5, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      I woke before the alarm and got up at 03.40 and Tom was not far behind me.
      We very quickly got ready and left the marina at 04.10 in the dark and without a puff of wind.

      I contacted Dublin Port for permission to cross the shipping lanes but I think that I must have woken them as they were a bit cranky.
      We headed north towards Howth Head leaving it about two miles to port.

      Shortly afterwards it began to get bright and a bit of a breeze began to come up however we had travelled as far as Lambay Island at 07.00 before it was worth hoisting sail and turning off the engine.
      We were soon sailing at 5.5 knts. later increasing to over 6 knts. on a close reach.
      I had not sailed since Dunmore East and it was great to have a good wind as we needed to eat up the miles. We had to be entering Carlingford Lough by 16.00 if not earlier due to the strong tides at the entrance.

      We made great time and had a comfortable fast sail up the Irish Sea reaching the mouth of Carlingford at 13.16.
      The tide was adding 2.5 knts. to our speed over ground as we flew past the buoys which due to the strength of the tide are mounted on boat shaped hulls.
      We furled the genny on the way in to give us better visibility on the way in but the entrance was not as difficult as it looked on the chart.

      We had a nice sail up the lough passing first the village of Carlingford and its marina on the southern side. Then Rostrevor on the northern side where Mary McAleese is from before reaching the town of Warrenpoint.

      We had problems contacting the port on the vhf and it was only when we were close that they picked us up. For some reason they only gave us permission for one night instead of the two we were hoping for.
      We berthed on the visitors pontoon next to the port and as we came alongside, Tom jumped off just before we came to a complete stop and probably because of this he stumbled and fell backwards off the other side of the pontoon.

      Luckily he was still wearing his lifejacket which inflated and fair dues to him, he never left go of the line and had the presence of mind to wrap it around a cleat which was within reach.
      As it was the amidships line, Eureka was now not going anywhere and I was able to jump off within seconds of the incident and help pull him back onto dry land.

      My friend Ger had been waiting for us at the town pier but we had tied up at the town dock, a different location.
      She was soon down to us as Tom changed and it was back to Ger's house for a shower and to wash and dry the clothes.
      Except for a bruise, probable got when being dragged out by me, he was none the worse for his experience.

      The three of us went out for dinner later and tired after all the fresh air, Tom and I headed back to Eureka for a good nights sleep.
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    • Day9

      Mellifont Abbey

      May 27, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ 14 °C

      Also... Urlaub wegen Krankheit abbrechen zu müssen, ist echter Mist. Aber in dem Zustand (der noch drei Wochen andauern wird, wie sich herausstellt) bringt es einfach nichts. Von Galway aus fahre ich also direkt auf wieder auf die andere Seite der Insel zu meiner Unterkunft nahe dem Flughafen.

      Ein kleiner Zwischenstopp ist aber noch drin: die Mellifont Abbey. 1142 ließen sich irische und französische Mönche in dieser abgeschiedenen Ecke nieder und gründeten Irlands erste Zisterzienserabtei, die bis zur ihrer Aufhebung in 1539 die größte Abtei Irlands war. Die architektonischen Formen, die ein Baumeister aus Frankreich ersann, waren neu in Irland und beeinflussten viele künftige Klosterbauten (…).

      Von der Pracht des ehemaligen Klosters ist kaum etwas übrig geblieben, allerdings bekommt doch einen guten Eindruck von der Größe der Abtei.

      In meinem Hotel angekommen, mache ich noch einen kleinen Strandspaziergang, das muss drin sein! Morgen geht es zurück nach Deutschland.
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    • Day15

      Ottoman Aid During the Great Famine

      July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      History records that during the Great Famine (1845-1849), the Ottomans sent aid to Ireland.

      Reports say that Sultan Abdülmecit wanted to send £10,000 to the people of Ireland, but that Queen Victoria asked him to reduce the amount to £1,000 because she had sent only £2,000. The Sultan, it is said, acceded to her wishes, but in addition to the money, he sent five ship loads of food ... in secret. From what I recall, the arrival of the ships in Dublin was blockaded by the English, so the foodstuff was unloaded in Drogheda instead.

      It was this story that took us to Drogheda. After lunch, we took care of a few errands, and then went in search of a plaque of gratitude honoring the aid. It wasn’t easy to find, but a volunteer at the visitor center directed us to the Westcourt Hotel and told us to look above the entrance to the property!

      P.S. Note added in January 2021 ... Apparently, there is a movie in pre-production — titled, Famine — that tells the story of this charitable event. Whether it will ever be released is TBD.
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    • Day15

      Lunch Time!

      July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      Drogheda as a city did not impress us. Big. Crowded. It just didn’t feel at all Irish. But it fulfilled our needs to complete a couple of errands. Starting with a delicious lunch that we enjoyed at the Grey Goose.

      We both ordered the Beef and Guinness Irish Stew, which I thought was even better than the one I had in Adare earlier in our trip. A pint of Rockshore, an Irish lager brewed by Guinness, washed it all down.
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    • Day15

      Mellifont Abbey

      July 3, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      The location of the ruins — not far from Drogheda — and a photo I had seen showing a circular structure that looked quite unusual. These were the reasons why we headed to Mellifont Abbey today.

      This Cistercian Abbey was consecrated in 1157. If the illustration of the original buildings is anything to go by, the place was quite impressive back in its heyday. Not much remains today, however. Nonetheless, the circular structure did not disappoint ... assuming you are a person who enjoys visiting and photographing ruins.

      Turns out that the structure in question was built around 1200. It was a “lavabo” ... a place of purification where the monks cleansed their bodies and spirit prior to dining in the refectory hall. Today, the lavabo seems to have a split personality ... looking almost intact on one side and in total shambles from the other side.

      That we had this photogenic place all to ourselves — even on “free first Wednesday — was a lovely bonus.
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    • Day44

      Gilles Quay

      August 17, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Samedi, 17 août 2019
      La nuit était très paisible, comme voisins, nous avions qq familles avec des petits, ressemblant fortement à nos petits-enfants, qui logeaient sous des tentes. L'employé du port, qui devait nous ouvrir la barrière, nous fournissait plein de conseils pour le reste de notre séjour et même des itinéraires imprimés et des plans de randonnées. Armagh, chef-lieu du comté, et capitale spirituelle de l'Irlande du Nord constitue notre première halte aujourd'hui. Il y a ici deux archevêchés et donc deux cathédrales, catholique et protestant (anglican). Les deux sont dédiées à Saint Patrick, patron de l'Irlande. Nous parquons juste devant l'escalier monumental de la catholique, assez sobre de l'extérieur, mais très lumineuse à l'intérieur, avec un superbe plafond en bois et de magnifiques vitraux. Sa consoeur anglicane se trouve en face, au sommet de la ville médiévale. L’histoire de cet édifice remonte jusqu'au 5ème siècle, quand St-Patrick a construit ici une toute première église et une école monastique autour. L'église a été détruite et reconstruite 17 fois depuis. Elle abrite de nombreux trésors de sa longue histoire et une copie ( l'original de 807 est conservé au musée à Dublin) du Book of Armagh, manuscrit celtique sur la vie et les voyages de St-Patrick. Nous rejoignons le bord de mer et cherchons une place pour nous poser. Les emplacements que propose le port de Carlingford sont déjà pas mal remplis. Nous y restons donc juste pour dîner au resto des plaisanciers, un “indien", ça change et nous va très bien. De l’autre côté de la presqu'île, à Giles Quai, il y a un camping, où les mobile-homes squattent les places avec vue. Mais au moment de faire demi-tour, nous remarquons un parking publique juste à la plage, nickel pour nous!Read more

    • Day2

      Carlingford - Galway

      May 30, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 16 °C

      Nach dem Frühstück haben wir beschlossen wir fahren nach Galway. Kurz das Hotel in Galway gebucht und schon waren wir auf dem Weg. Mit einem kurzen Zwischenstopp in Narvan ging es über das Land Richtung Kinnegad auf die M6. Nach 3,5 Stunden waren wir da. Kurz ins Hotel „Jury Inn Galway“ eingecheckt und kurz was gegessenRead more

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