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  • Day3

    Cliffs of Moher

    September 13, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Für heute hatte wir eine Tour in den Westen von Irland gebucht! Los ging’s um 7 Uhr morgens in Dublin🚌 Der erste Halt war nach gut 3 Stunden dann bei den berühmten Cliffs of Moher! Die Klippen sind gigantisch hoch und richtig atemberaubend! Wir verbrachten 2 Stunden dort ehe die Fahrt weiter ging nach Galway. Am Weg, der direkt am Meer entlang führte, haben wir an schönen Stellen immer mal wieder gestoppt und sind ausgestiegen. Gegen 2 waren wir dann in Galway. 📍 Dort haben wir uns zuerst ein Restaurant fürs Mittagessen gesucht. Ich hab das typisch irische Gericht „Beef&Guiness Stew“ gegessen, was super lecker war. Nach gut 2 Stunden machten wir uns wieder auf nach Dublin, wo wir dann gegen 20 Uhr ankamen. Nach einem letzten Bier in einem Irish Pub gehen wir jetzt auch schon schlafen weil es um 3 Uhr nachts zum Flughafen geht✈️Read more

  • Day26

    Farewell to Ireland

    August 1, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We have spent the past few days tracing Angela's past generations. Initially the area of her mother's family in the Sligo / Drumcliff region, followed by the Ryan history mainly around the County of Tipperary. Ange made her Ryan heretige complete by kitting herself out in the County Tipperary colours, a County cap and shirt, yellow and blue.
    We have loved Ireland so much and as our time in Ireland comes to a close our thoughts are of Ireland's beauty. The 50 shades of green wherever you look, the well cared for, tidy homes, mostly large in size. The homes, as well as being tidy are mostly surrounded by manicured lawns and colourful gardens and town streets that are awash with colour of the ever present window boxes and hanging baskets We were also a little taken by the fact the Ireland has fantastic highways with many roundabouts and flyovers, and country roads lined with narrow hedges or stone walls . The farm equipment always seemed to be the latest and best models. Farm animals were in top condition and grazed on lush green pastures. We loved the idea that although Ireland is a modern country they still have time to entertain the idea of fairies and wee folk living in secret places. We were told of the belief that if a Hawthorne tree out in the field grows alone from other Hawthorne trees than it is a home of the wee folk and should not be disturbed. You will see evidence of this in fields where a fence is placed around a lone Hawthorne tree to keep it safe. Apparently one of the new freeways had its course altered to go around a single Hawthorne tree when the initial plan was to pass straight through the area.
    We were keen to check out a game of Hurling, an Irish sport but only managed to watch the Kilmallock men's team train.
    Little 12 week old black labrador puppy, Lilly was delighted to say hello, a real treat since we had Lilly the black Lab.
    We took our little fellow companion Mawson to Ireland, took some keeping him out of the pubs though. As usual he loved having his photo taken, from sitting on a rock at the entrance to the Templemore Park to sitting on flowery cars.!
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  • Oct10

    West Cork, South coast of Ireland

    October 10, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    A long day of driving through narrow winding roads. Great scenery of lush green paddocks with stone walls and hedges with lots of fat cattle and sheep. It wasn't much fun for the Bruce and Matt who were driving and trying to avoid hedges on one side and oncoming trafic with very little space for passing on the other. We received a very warm welcome by Amanda and the twins waving frantically from the bay window as we arrived. Its 25 years since I have seen Amanda Sullivan (beforeshe married Lar McCarthy and had the twins, Zach and Farah.) The twins loved 'the boy' Sam and Livy. Spent a lovely evening with them and wished we ould have stayed longer but we had a ferry to catch early the next morning.Read more

  • Oct9

    Cliffs of Moher - West coast of Ireland

    October 9, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Wow the cliffs of Moher along the west coast of Ireland are rugged and amazing to see. We saw a small part of the 14km coastline that have the sheer 200 metres cliffs. We dodged the showers and battled the wind but it was so worthwhile. Livy, Sam and I had some fun letting the wind hold us up when we leaned into it.Read more

  • Oct11

    Blarney Castle and Gardens

    October 11, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We spent a couple of hours at Blarney Castle The Blarney stone is 123 steps up into a tower via a narrow spiral passageway. There are views through the bars to the garden below for those who care to look down!
    The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. Yes Bruce and Sam kissed it!
    The gardens were amazing with streams separating the various areas. I could have spent hours there but we needed to get to Rosslare to catch the ferry back to Wales the next morning
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  • Day7

    Looking good, feeling brrr

    November 13, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Today is the longest stretch of our road trip! Driving from The Mackeral (up past Donegal) to Adare Manor (south of Limerick), about 4.5 hours of driving straight through.

    We got up nice and early.. 8am (we are on vacation ya know!) and hit the open road. Stopping in a little seaside town of Bundoran and getting breakfast, a full Irish for Igor and an avocado and black pudding salad for me!

    From there we were onward to the cliffs of moher! One of the most recommended stops on our trip and they did not disappoint! And as the friendly Canadian walking by us said "ya know deh don't call it the wild Atlantic way for no reason".

    After getting sufficiently lashed by the wind we are off to Adare Manor for 2 nights to enjoy some Ireland luxury 🙌
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  • Day8

    Adare Manor ♥️

    November 14, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    We spent the last two nights living it up at Adare Manor, complete with way too much food, estate walks, chess, clay pigeon shooting, and a lot of relaxation. This place is stunning and we lucked out and had two beautifully sunny days to explore the grounds (840 acres!).

    Adare Manor was built in 1832 by the Dunraven family (Earl of Dunraven that is) and over the more recent years turned into a luxury hotel and golf course (planned home for the Ryder cup 2026!). It is full of charm and cute nooks and crannies to hang out in, such as the cute cozy cocktail bar in the basement, or the drawing room complete with chess and shelves of books. And each room had a fire going!

    We spent our time lounging in the room, complete with fancy automated blinds and Avenger movies :) we were also lucky enough to get to go clay pigeon shooting! Which believe or not, we were pretty good at! Our instructor was fantastic and we spent the hour learning the best way to hold the double barrel shotgun and the different types of sport shooting events (and trying them out ourselves!) A lot of fun!

    Also along the grounds we got to check out the walled gardens, the river along the golf course, faerie Forest, and the sweetest pet resting place ♥️

    We capped off our second night with a dinner at the oak room! Oh my so much food, so good. It just received a Michelin star and it did not disappoint! Here was our many many courses:
    1. Welcome champagne
    2. Canapies: oyster with a zingy sauce, truffle goat cheese puffs (there is a fancy name for this but I don't remember!), and ??
    3. Beet salad with horseradish ice cream
    4. Raviolo with some tasty cream sauce
    5. Scallop
    6. Monk fish with caviar
    7. Duck with lentils and potatoes (main course at #7?!)
    8. Cheese plate - hand selected from 14 different cheeses, with truffle infused honey 😭
    9. Plum ice cream
    10. More dessert: macaroon, Adare chocolates, and frozen lollipop
    11. Seriously even more dessert - anniversary chocolate cake
    12. Food coma forever, good night 💤
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  • Day9

    Dingle is Dope

    November 15, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Spent the afternoon in Dingle town, located on a peninsula of the same name, jutting out into the Atlantic. It was obviously quiet, given that it was the off-season - but it was likely more charming/relaxing than it would've been in July/August. We snacked it up, with 3 meals in the lunch/dinner period, but did try to walk a good amount of that off. Ended the night at our lovely hotel with some chess and a minor spill of wine before watching the new Grey's Anatomy; yeah, we're wild.Read more

  • Day5

    Day 5 - Jeremy Irons' Castle

    August 5, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today was an Irish Bank Holiday.

    Got up to write my blog, Angela got up around 7.00am, made a cup of tea & went back to bed. Chris got up & wandered around in his boxer shorts, then returned to the bedroom. Jackie then got up around 9.00am!

    We all got out around 10.30am & piled into the car. First stop was to try & get close to Jeremy Irons’ castle, Kilcoe Castle that was only a couple of miles from our cottage as the hooded crow flies. After driving down a series of narrow overgrown lanes we stumbled across a sign for a 12th Century Medieval Church & Graveyard overlooking Roaringwater Bay.

    We went to investigate and found it to be an ivy strangled ruin and a graveyard that still has approximately 2 burials a year. A couple of photos later & we walked down the lane passing a field full of cows towards Kilcoe Castle.

    The ruin of Kilcoe Castle was bought by Jeremy Irons in 1998 & started a 6 year restoration that cost €1 million. The castle consists of 2 towers, a thick one & a thin one, which are painted in terracotta. It is now Jeremy’s family home.

    Towards the bottom of the lane & at the end of a driveway was a sign telling us about Kilcoe Castle and that it was private property, but it didn’t say we couldn’t walk down the driveway to get a better look. Three of us strolled down to get a nice close-up photo, whilst Chris tentatively ambled behind fearing that we were trespassing.

    With a now perfect scenic advantage point we took several photos & hung around in the hope that Jeremy would come out & invite us in. He didn’t. Eventually we walked back up the driveway & were back at the sign when a car drove past us. The male driver, not Jeremy, did wave but didn’t stop, but instead drove through the wooden gates into the castle.

    We continued to the end of the lane where we found a couple of unoccupied holiday cottages at the waters edge. It felt slightly like we were trespassing again so we didn’t hang around after realising we couldn’t get a better view of the castle. We returned to the car, having failed in our mission to meet Jeremy, but Chris was resolutely determined. He changed tactics & exposed himself in a bush......he claims he was having a wee!

    He still failed, so we drove on to the little town of Ballydehob. We parked up in the shadow of it’s famous 12 Arch Bridge, formally a railway bridge over the estuary. We walked around the estuary, over the 12 Arch Bridge & back to the car. On the way we saw the rather ugly 14’ mermaid on a little island that is known as the ‘Lady of the Sea’.

    We cruised up Ballydehob High Street & passed the statue of Danno O’Mahony, Ballydehob’s very own world champion wrestler. We continued to the harbour town of Schull to sus out boat trips.

    Schull Harbour was a bit of a disappointment, it was small, but a huge,ugly, out of keeping restaurant dominated, spoiling the vista. We walked along the foreshore path & we were amazed to see people sunbathing & swimming in the sea without wetsuits. We then walked up to the High Street & found the Banratty Inn to be a suitable venue for lunch.

    Whilst waiting for our drinks & sandwiches to arrive, Chris & I visited the local lothario who ran the Tourist Information Office. A steady stream of middle aged women visited ‘Terry’, but he did have time to assist us with where the girls could go pony trekking & the best local places for live music.

    After lunch, we continued west to the end of the country through wild & rugged countryside. Less than 5 miles west south west of Schull at Toormore Bay, we stopped at Altar Wedge Tomb, a wedge shaped gallery grave AND National Monument. I don’t know what possessed us, but Jackie, Angela & I climbed up on to the Tomb for a photo opportunity. We then rushed back to the car & sped off before we got arrested for desecration or worse!

    At Goleen we took the scenic coastal route that followed the coast, passing more tourists shivering on wide beaches, round to Mizen Head & it’s Signal Station. The sun was out, but it was pretty windy.

    At Mizen Head we parked up, paid our €7.50 each & entered the Visitors Centre, which is an award winning Maritime Museum and Heritage Attraction. Mizen Signal Station was one of Marconi's first telegraph stations & in 1931 had the first Radio Beacon in Ireland.

    We walked down the path to Mizen Bridge, an arched bridge over a deep gully below, then climbed along several paths to get different views of the bridge & signal station. We then visited the signal station on a rock jutting out above the swirling Atlantic Ocean below, where there was information about Marconi & the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, 16.5 kilometres out to sea.

    We climbed the 99 steps back up towards the Visitors Centre, then I bravely decided to walk down another long path to see the sea caves that apparently featured in the movie ‘Return of the Jedi’. The other three waited at the top for me. I took a selfie at the bottom & puffed my way back up to join them.

    We then headed back home, but not before stopping at a stables near Schull to enquire about pony trekking & then Field’s In Skibbereen for more provisions, wine & cheese mainly!

    It was gone 6.00pm when we finally returned to the cottage. We sat outside with a cup of tea & cake for 10 minutes before it got too cold, then we returned inside & spent the evening just chilling & chatting & occasionally drinking.

    It had been a really great day. The weather had also been kind to us. We didn’t encounter any rain, just sunshine & a lot of cloud.

    Song of the Day - Bank Holiday Monday by The Stereophonics
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  • Day2

    Cobh

    August 20, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Took the train from Dublin to Cork, and then a small commuter train to Cobh.
    Nice small city, which also were the last port Titanic visited before it started its tragic Atlantic crossing.

    The city of Cobh reminds me about San Francisco, like the picture. And also like the French Riviera with the promenade with palm trees and the colored buildings.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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