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Jun 19, 2018 - Kilkenny And Kinsale

Two stops with a bit of nodding off in a 32 hour time frame. Kilkenny Castle, 90 minutes outside of Dublin, was built by Longbow, a Norman Knight left over from the Battle of Hastings (1066). In the 1300s the Butler family acquired it and it was their home for the next 600 years.The Butler family was extremely wealthy and as they say in Chicago, they were connected . . . to the British Royal Family. It paid to have friends in high places. But alas, nothing seems to last and all it takes is one family member to live beyond their means. In...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Jameson tour

Toured the Charles Fort, a 12th century fort that was originally Viking strong hold but later taken over by the British and held until the war for independence when it was closed for active duty in 1922. Many improvements were evident through an 800 year occupation. Took another tour of an impressive church in Cobh. Parked in handicap like we owned the place, no one said we couldn't. Big cruise ship in port so headed out of town to Middleton and the whiskey tour. Bun paid for Jeff & Pam to take the tour, think she wanted a break! Learned...

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Apr 30, 2018 - The Choctaw Monument

Today, we headed to Midleton to check out the Choctaw Monument a friend told us about. It's in a non-conspicuous place right off the motorway, but we found it easily enough. The stainless steel sculpture, comprising nine 20-ft eagle feathers, arranged in a circular shape and reaching towards the sky, is a metaphorical representation of a bowl filled with food, presented to the hungry. The Choctaw Nation of America were so moved by the plight of the Irish people during the Great Famine that, in 1847, they raised $170 from their own meager...

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Adventures for 2018

Apr 26, 2018 - With Just the Clothes on our Backs

The overnight flight was uneventful and, as expected, our bags were nowhere to be seen..left behind in Newark. So we had just the clothes on our backs. Luckily, I always pack a few days of medication so no worries there. My sister and her husband were patiently waiting for us. United promised we'd have our bags on the next flight arriving tomorrow morning so no worries since Sean's First Communion is not till Saturday. We enjoyed the day seeing my niece and her children.

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Apr 21, 2018 - Blarney

Saturday morning found us packing up and heading for Blarney. I had two major concerns about this part of the journey, the M50 and the M50. The M50 is the Motorway that by-passes Dublin. It is the busiest motorway in the country and with 2 days of driving experience I wasn’t sure I was ready for this challenge. But if ever there is a best time to travel a country’s busiest road, surely it is Saturday morning. The M50 is also the country’s most expensive toll and works exclusively through an electronic system. The rental agent explained to...

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Ireland 2018

Jun 28, 2017 - Onward to the Southern coast

Sunday, June 25 After visiting the Rock of Cashel, we carried on to the small port town of Kinsale, near the city of Cork on the southern coast of Ireland. Kinsale is a bustling tourist destination with a wealth of history, and we encountered bumper to bumper summer traffic as we arrived at our home for two nights, the charming Perryville House located at the edge of the old town facing the port. Although our rooms were not harbour-facing, the downstairs common areas were extremely pleasant. We were met by our gregarious host and, after...

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May 4, 2017 - Finally in Ireland

Despite the ugly trip, it is good to be here. My sister is in a cast, she fractured her hand a few weeks back in a fall. But, her husband chauffeured us to town to go grocery shopping. She's a trooper and has a doctor appointment Tuesday and is in hopes the hard cast can come off and move to a soft restraint. We managed to stay awake all day and with a good nights sleep, we hope to have conquered the jet lag tomorrow.

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Summer 2016 & Beyond

May 4, 2017 - Mizzen Head, West Cork

Breakfast at Gerry's and Dorothy's Central B & B was indeed interesting. Gerry has been running the B & B for some 30 years while his wife runs the flowershop next door. He is quite a character....looks a little like a tall leprechaun with a twinkle in his eye. He and Gord talked about all and sundry. Also at breakfast was Brian, an elderly gentleman with a spring in his step and a twinkle in his eye. He did contract teaching...3 days a week to adults. He was from Killarney. Again, many subjects were discussed. In the long run our travel...

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Isle of Shamrocks

May 3, 2017 - Ireland

Cobh, Ireland Our next stop was Cobh (pronounced cove) Ireland. This was the stop for going into Cork. We decided to stay in Cobh and wander around the town. Cobh is the second largest natural harbor in the world after Sydney, Australia. It was the last stop of the Titanic before its fateful journey across the Atlantic. 123 people boarded the ship and only 40 or so survived the journey. The first steam ship across the Atlantic in 1838 left from here. The Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast in 1915 and the hundreds of survivors and dead...

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Around Britain

Apr 15, 2017 - Midleton to the Ring of Kerry

So after a good night's sleep, we awoke to sunshine streaming in our window. We headed back to Midleton to tour Jamieson's Whiskey Distillery. The GPS took us via a different route through Carrigaline. Gord had nixed taking this road so as he drove, i delighted in the mainly pastoral scenes passing by the window. We bypassed Cork again, this time to the south. What a difference at Jamieson's. All parking lots were filled. We managed to sneak into a space as a car pulled out. We had just missed the 10.30a tour so we were taken to join it. It...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Apr 14, 2017 - Cork

Today we took the Copper Coast Road from Tramore to Dunarvan through patchwork farms with low stone walls and hedges lining the fields. Sometimes we were along the rugged scenic coast. Yellow broome frequently punctuates the hillsides. Spring is in full bloom here with the pink cherry blossoms almost finished, yellow daffodils, double white narcissi, tiny blue and white bluebells, white flowered bushes and trees along the roadsides in places. Little villages dotted the narrow 2 laned highway. At Dunarvan we joined N25 which took us to...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Oct 13, 2016 - Heading North

Today we are leaving SW County Cork after a great visit to Harbour Command B andB but before we do, Connie takes us up the road to see Connie' s Tower. We pass his boyhood home that his father built in 1920, some of the land is still in the family but some parcels have been sold. As we turn of the road a beautiful panorama of the ocean and islands opens up before us. He gives us a tour of New York pointing out Long Island and Coney Island with a chuckle. On the end of Long Island you can just make out some buildings where he tells us his...

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