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  • Day1

    Linksverkehr

    March 5, 2020 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Direkt am Flughafen in Dublin holen wir unser 3er BMW Mietwagen ab 🤪! Eigentlich war ein anderer Wagen gedacht, aber da dieser noch nicht fertig war, haben wir für 60€ Aufpreis den Beamer erhalten - mit Navi und als Diesel. Ob sich das rechnet...aber egal das größere Problem das wir nun hatten war der Linksverkehr!!
    Kurzer Check: wo ist der Blinker, wie gehen die Scheibenwischer und dann los die wilde Fahrt. Klappt ganz gut und dann hieß es einmal quer durch Irland nach Galway. Die Straßen ohne Maut sind relativ eng und Beifahrerin Anki bekommt es schon manchmal mit der Angst zu tun, wenn Peter mal wieder einem Bus ausweichen musste. Nach einem kurzen Stop im Tesco Supermarkt ging es an der Westküste entlang Richtung Fanore zu unserer Unterkunft.
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  • Day15

    Wicklow und Umgebung (Ostküste)

    August 12, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Nach wieder einem eher mauen Frühstück brachen wir zum Wicklow Gaol auf. Dies ist ein 300 Jahre älteste Gefängnis, welches aber seit ca. 100 Jahren nicht mehr genutzt wird. Wir besichtigten die Zellen, das Verließ und erfuhren viel über die damalige grausame Zeit. Das Gebäude gilt außerdem als das heimgesuchteste für Geister in ganz Irland. Angeblich wurden schon mehrmals wandelnde ehemalige Gefängnisinsassen gesichtet. Naja, wer’s glaubt...

    Da der Wasserfall gestern eher ein Reinfall war, fuhren wir heute noch zum Powerscourt Wasserfall. Er gilt mit seinen 121 Metern als der Höchste in Irland. Es gab nur einen Parkplatz direkt Vorort, weswegen wir noch einen kleinen Spaziergang um das Gelände unternahmen bevor wir wieder Richtung Dublin aufbrachen.

    Abends gönnten wir uns alle nochmal einen Burger mit doppel Käse und Bacon. War mega lecker 👍🏼
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  • Day5

    Last Day in Belfast

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We left for Dublin this afternoon after lunch with Kelley and Paul and a visit to the Queens University campus and Ulster Museum in Belfast. Beautiful downtown campus with lots of "kids" and no parking. We found a palm tree in Belfast!
    Off to Venice in the morning.
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    Donna Couch

    Looks like you're having a great time. Have a wonderful trip to Venice

    9/12/17Reply
    Barbara Pye

    Rudbeckia, coreopsis, and dusty Miller. Very pretty

    9/14/17Reply
     
  • Day1

    Dublin Airport

    April 6, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    ...heißt warten, warten, warten. Mutti's Gepäck weigert sich scheinbar aus dem Flieger auszusteigen und so vergehen bestimmt 20min zwischen der Ankunft meiner Klamotten und...naja Muttis eben.
    Schlussendlich kamen wir unfallfrei durch den Zoll und die Sicherheitskontrollen und stürmten direkt zur Autovermietung. Dort angekommen quakte ein verhältnismäßig unfreundlicher junger Ire seinen Text herunter, glotzte ungläubig, dass ich zu meinen 2 Zusatzversicherungen nicht noch eine Dritte dazubuchen möchte und übergab uns recht freudlos den Autoschlüssel mit nem handgeschriebenen Hinweis, auf welcher der 9578 Parkflächen unser Auto steht. Uuuuund tschüss!!!
    Wir bekommen einen roten Nissan Micra 1.0, eine kleine Rennschnecke, die wir vorläufig Kate getauft haben.
    Die gute Kate hat vermutlich nur 20PS, denn bergauf musste ich tatsächlich einen oder zwei Gänge herunterschalten, um nicht auf halbem Weg stehen zu bleiben. Mutti hat derweil ganze Schaumstoffbrocken aus ihrem Sitz gerissen, als es wieder bergab ging, die Straße immer noch schmal wie ein Stängel Schnittlauch und ich, Kurven schneidend und ohne Bremsen, die ach so tollen Landstraßen entlang brausend.
    Tolle Fahrt und niemand musste spucken. Ein voller Erfolg.
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    Lea Müller

    Scheinbar habt ihr diesmal wenigstens kein neuwagen bekommen. Is genau genommen ziemlich praktisch das Kate schon ein paar schaumstoff Brocken verliert so fällt der ein oder andere Zusatz Kratzer nicht so auf wie bei James damals 😂😉

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  • Day17

    Ballinasloe, Athlone and Dublin

    September 30, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Today we have a simple plan, drive from Galway to our hotel near the Dublin Airport, return the car and have an early night as we have to be at the airport at 5am. It’s a two hour drive along the highway. We quickly find our way to the highway and put the foot down till we reach the 120km per hour speed limit. Along the way we decide it is coffee time and take the turnoff to a town called Ballinasloe. Off we go when all of a sudden we are brought to a stop by the traffic jam in front of us. What is happening in this town but then it crosses my mind there is possibly a local football game on or everyone is off to church. Then we overtake a horse and buggy. In Barellan, NSW, they have the Clydesdale Weekend where there are a few horses but here we are seeing hundreds and probably over a thousand gathered in the local show ground. This is part of their horse fair week. There was absolutely no parking available unless we paid €10 to park in someone’s driveway. We meandered through the town, passing many fabulously groomed horses. There were even donkeys in the street. No shops were to be found and access to the main street was blocked. Back on the highway we decided coffee at the next town.
    Next town was Athlone, a town with medieval castle, churches and rivers. The only place we could find to get a coffee was a pub which we stumbled across and became the first customers of the day. Also toilets were available, coffee not too bad. We continued walking with MDW confident we would find our way back to the car. She was right as we walked down a road where people were taking photos of this road so I did too. Not sure the importance of it.
    We got back on the highway and the Navman kept trying to divert us onto a side road. I checked the Navman settings and it had avoid tolls. This might be why we didn’t drive through the tollway out of Dublin, the one that you can’t avoid, yet we did. We checked into the Premier Inn, reliable hotel with a good bed. MDW did some hand washing whilst I returned the car and found my way back to the hotel on the shuttle bus. We finished off the evening with a nice meal at the hotel.
    Ireland has been lovely, even with the cold weather at times, got to see lots of great scenery and towns.
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    Sylvi Heaney

    Beautiful .

    10/1/18Reply
    Mickand Carol Trembath

    What a great trip bet your looking forward to hopefully warmer weather in Italy 😘😘

    10/2/18Reply
     
  • Day11

    I can resist everything but temptation

    October 1, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Today we broke the long standing world record for the number of hop on hop off bus tours taken on one holiday, when we orbited fair Dublin city in the 'Do Dublin' bus tour.

    Starting in O'Connell street we first passed the iconic Dublin GPO, scene of the fiercest battles in the 1916 Easter Rising. The Irish Republican in me always gets a lump in my throat when thinking of the Easter Rising and seeing the GPO again was another misty eyed moment.

    We then continued around the most famous sights of Dublin, which come thick and fast, even though the full circuit takes two hours to complete. The weather was typically Irish, so the Southlander in me felt right at home, but the North Islander beside me was shivering, so we soon abandoned our perch on the upper deck and adjourned to the slightly warmer climes of the enclosed lower deck. The more climatically comfortable surroundings of the bottom deck allowed both of us to take in more of the sights and terrific commentary from Gareth Lawless our driver and tour guide. I know gift of the gab is an Irish cliche, but cliches evolve because there is always a kernel of truth in them. Gareth gave the best tour commentary I have ever heard, along with regular Irish songs as we passed the Irish Writer's museum, the famine memorial, the Irish Emigration Museum, St Stephen's Green, Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol and Phoenix Park.

    What an amazing, vibrant and history filled city Dublin is. The real highlight of the day though was the visit to EPIC - the Irish Emigration museum. This museum only opened in 2016 and it harnesses the most engaging and creative technology to tell the story of how the Irish diaspora has altered and affected every corner of the globe they have settled in. It charts all aspects of how it has come to pass that Ireland has exported so many of its people. It is by equal measure sorrowful, celebratory, proud, defiant and unbroken. It would make anyone with even a single drop of Irish blood cherish the gift of such an incredible heritage. I know I am far from an unbiased commentator when it comes to this issue, but the bottom line is that Ireland's greatest export has always been its people.

    After an incredible two hours we exited EPIC and headed back to O'Connell street to visit a souvenir shop, which are very hard to find. Why in one twenty metre stretch of the street I was lucky to find only four such shops. Handing over my crisp Euros I walked out with a Maloney key-ring proudly advertising my family coat of arms, a commemorative Easter Rising coin and a bag of Baileys chocolate, for emergency purposes only. Souvenirs secured we caught the Airlink Express back to the hotel and a meeting with an old friend from Southland.

    Tomorrow we touch down in good old Glasgy. Come on the Bhoys!
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    Terry I think I brought you back a Maloney Key-ring when we visited Ireland, if not I still have some here. Isn't Ireland wonderful!

    9/30/18Reply

    Love this one Terry

    10/1/18Reply
    Antz Maloney

    😁

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  • Day9

    Cheers, Dublin

    July 22, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Well Dublin I had a nice time, but I'm headed out and onwards to Poland. I have to say though. Today has been a rather surprising day. Met quite a few travellers today including someone from Illinois, Zimbabwe, Argentina and most recently Michigan. I did a bit more sightseeing than I thought I would. I went to go mail souvenirs at sort of a ups store that was a 40min walk away from where I was staying. And it just so happened to be across the street from trinity college. I had no plans to go to trinity college but I figured since I'm so close I might as well. I got to see the book of kells and the old library. The old library was pretty neat and that's where I met the lady from Argentina. Asked her to take a pic of me and then had a very lovely conversation. The picture she took looks pretty epic. Once I made it back to my hostel I didn't really know what to do. So I decided I would go ahead and make my way to the airport. So I did. 14hrs before my flight. While waiting for morning I met a wonderful couple from Michigan. We spent over 4 hrs talking! I had such a great time with them and showed them a few of the videos I have made. Its funny tho. The reason we got to talking was all because they needed to charge their phones and I had the proper adapter and offered to let them use it. It was such a pleasure to meet them and made the time waiting one of the best moments of the trip so far.Read more

    John Rizo

    I am glad you have gotten to meet some neat people! Have a great flight to Poland for the next part of your adventure#

    7/21/16Reply

    The library looks so cool! More in store for you. 🙏🏻 Can't wait to hear about Poland! 😀

    7/21/16Reply

    Indeed an epic photo!! Cathy ☺

    7/23/16Reply

    Love it! Devyn

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  • Day16

    Ireland Tour, Day 2

    July 22, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Today we were northbound, pass Drogheda, the scene of the battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley. We then crossed the border into Northern Ireland, driving past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Saint Patrick, Ireland's Patron Saint, then onto the city of Belfast.
    In the late 20th century Northern Ireland was troubled by conflict, the violence mainly took place with in the boarders of Northern Ireland, at time spilling over into the Republic of Ireland. The conflict beginning in the late 1960's was deemed to have ended 1998. The key issue was the constitutional status of Northern Ireland. Loyalists/unionists who were mostly protestants wanted Northern Ireland to remain within the UK, Irish nationalists/republicans who were mostly Catholic wanted Northern Ireland to leave the UK and join a united Ireland. More than 3500 lives were lost due to this conflict.
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    Josephine Ryan

    A trip down memory lane. Have you noticed the windy lanes and roads? Apparently it's because the roads are so long and the island is so small it's the only way they could fit them in.

    7/22/19Reply
    Trip One

    So pretty and green. Just like home!! Atm!

    7/23/19Reply
     
  • Day9

    Guess who's back?

    September 29, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Berlin does a lot of things well and extremely efficiently, but one area where they score an own goal is Tegel airport. What a clusterf&*k of epic proportions. It's like two German guys had a few too many steins and decided to knock up something like an airport with some stuff they found lying around a building site. It makes bush airstrips in wildest Africa seem sophisticated. Literally it is like a prefab garage with about five short haul jet's worth of passengers jammed into it, with one small food kiosk and a bathroom from a down on their luck football club. That would be bad enough, but getting through what passes for their security area is much slower and more difficult than it should ever be. It took so long to get from the front of the queue to nearly the other side of security that some of my clothes had started to go out of style. Luckily by the time I got all the way through my clothes had come back into fashion. I swear it would have been easier to get over the Berlin wall in its heyday than it was to pass through security at Berlin Tegel.

    Once we were on our Aer Lingus flight things picked up and we had a smooth and on-time trip to Dublin. Dublin airport is quite large and spread out, so we had a long taxi to the terminal before I could finally set foot on Irish soil for the first time in over two decades. Customs was easy and friendly, which was no surprise and the girl dealing with us asked if we were visiting family when she saw my passport. It's fantastic to be in a country where you don't have to spell out your surname.

    After clearing customs and collecting our bags we trundled our stuff to the airport hotel, via a few false starts and wrong turns and made it to our room about 12.30am.

    The next morning, Saturday, we were up by eight and back to the airport to pick up our rental car from the Avis counter. We were on the road by nine, headed all the way across Ireland, from east to the Wild West coast to visit the home town of my ancestors and try and find the burial place of my great-great-grandparents.

    The main road from Dublin to Galway, the M50 is fantastic. It's what New Zealand highways should be. Two lanes either side, a median barrier and smooth tarmac, plus a speed limit of 120kmh in most places. It's glorious and makes the journey so much faster and easier.

    We pulled our Renault Kadjar into Claregalway, County Galway just after midday. I had followed on some research carried out by one of my uncles and thanks to the reach of the internet had located my great-great-grandparents grave in the cemetery at the Franciscan Friary church burial ground in Claregalway.

    The friary has not been used for a while, but it must have been a very impressive building back when the guys with itchy cloaks and bowl haircuts were doing their thing. I had narrowed the search for my ancestors to this location, but this burial ground is several hundred years old and there was no directory to follow, so I thought it might take a while. To my surprise and delight I managed to find the headstone after about only twenty minutes of searching. It was a powerful and quite emotional experience to be standing in my forebears home town and final resting place. It was a full circle moment, that their great-great-grandson had returned to the place from which their daughter had left Ireland forever, for a life in an unknown and distant land. It had taken over 150 years, but blood will out and family finds a way.

    After spending some time to soak in this special moment we eventually left Claregalway to head for the Cliffs of Moher. This is only about 70 kilometres from Galway, but it's over some very narrow and windy roads, so it took well over an hour. We did get the bonus of passing through The Burren and driving by a couple of dramatic coastal castles on the way.

    After negotiating the trail to the cliffs we braved the winds and the crowds to climb the path and peer over the edge to the wild Atlantic pounding relentlessly against the shore hundreds of feet far below. It's a stark, dramatic landscape and I immediately liked it.

    I found it comforting that my forebears who left this part of Western Ireland to make a new life in New Zealand chose to settle in another beautifully wild coastal place, Southland.

    Finally tearing myself away from the view and the wind we left Galway and the Atlantic behind to made the return 300k trek back to Dublin, arriving just as the sun set. Tomorrow the delights of Dublin await. Slainte!
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    I guess this is the Maloney great-great- grandparents grave?

    9/29/18Reply
    Terry's Tiki Tours

    This is the gravestone of my great grandmother's family, so my great great grandparents I think.

    9/29/18Reply

    That's terrific Terry! Thrilled to see it, what an experience to be there to see it in person! ......from Mum

    9/30/18Reply
    Jane Cameron

    That is so cool that you found it, would have been very emotional and moving.

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  • Day24

    Dublin

    September 9, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Off on the ferry to Ireland, goodness this thing is huge, and I think they go across 4 or 5 times a day. That's a lot of cars and people. The seas were a bit rough but it was a very smooth crossing. Found our way into our B and B, Dublin is pretty easy to drive around except the traffic lights are so slow. Once we'd settled in we got a taxi into the city to try out some Guinness and dinner. Had a fun couple of hours in the Temple Bar, drinking and singing, I even liked the Guinness. Then found a nice Restaurant across the way for another yummy dinner. Don't think anyone in Dublin stays home on a Saturday night cause it was packed in there. So many pubs and restaurants all of the full to overflowing.

    Next morning and we off to the Guinness Storehouse, for a tour. It was great and really interesting, plus you get a free pint of Guinness at the end, who doesn't love that. After some lunch and an hour wandering around their huge gift shop (at least the Guinness had some time to wear off) since we were on a Guinness theme we got the maps up and decided we'd head down to Kilkenny. It's only about an hour and a half and it was a pretty easy drive.

    There are a lot of people here and we couldn't really figure out what they were all doing until we got up near the castle and the road was roped off. Turns out the Cannonball road race finishes at the castle today. it's a charity race for make a wish foundation. Ha ha it was fun watching them come in, 160 hot cars and a huge crowd, two little boys next to me were so excited they were ready to wet their pants when the first one finally came through! "Oh My God Oh My God" one of them kept saying and the other one who was only about five gave me a running commentary on what they all were. That was good cause I didn't have a clue!

    Found a couple of pubs with some live music to finish off the evening. Good day!
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    Leanne Roles

    So many pubs, so little time!

    9/12/17Reply
     

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