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Sep 21, 2019 - Cork, Ireland and a City Walking Tour

Early Saturday Morning we drove from Dungarvan to Cork to spend one night. We took an interesting city walking tour, had lunch at the Oliver Plunkett Pub, later returning for some evening Irish music, and visited the Old English Market, a typical fresh meat, bread, produce and much more market. Some interesting information about Ireland and Cork we learned. Before the potato famine (Catholic genocide, our bus driver called it. There was food, lots of corn being shipped to England, but not made available to the starving Irish Catholics)....

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Jul 27, 2019 - Ireland - Monastic sites and road accidents

Our Ryanair flight from East Midlands Airport to Knock, Ireland took 55 mins. At one stage we had misplaced our boarding passes but luckily found them (could have made the flight more expensive otherwise). After getting our passports stamped in Ireland we picked up our hire car, a fairly rundown Puegeot and headed for Clonmacnoise. The weather is greyer and chillier here than the UK which was expecting a heatwave as we left. At our first Irish B&B we were advised we could visit Clonmacnoise after the visitor centre shut and the coaches had...

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Jun 13, 2019 - Cork Day 2-Day trip to Kinsale

Kinsale is a historic town and fishing port in County Cork. It is known for its historic streetscape and brightly colored shops. Two 17th-century fortresses overlook the River Bandon: the vast, star-shaped Charles Fort to the southeast, and the smaller James Fort on the river's opposite bank. Charles Fort is a classic example of a late 17th century star-shaped fort. William Robinson, architect of the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, and Superintendent of Fortifications, is credited with designing the fort. As one of the largest...

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Jun 12, 2019 - Cork Day 1

The company of Waterford was first established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants' Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford, just minutes from the present day House of Waterford Crystal. Its founders were brothers, William and George Penrose, important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to "create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home." More than two hundred years later, the reputation they established for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and...

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Jun 12, 2019 - Arrive in Ireland

After an uneventful flight, we arrived safely in Ireland. Despite a late departure from Newark, we made up most of the time and were only 10 minutes late. And our bags made it too. Esther and Timmy were there to greet us and whisked us home in about an hour. I just wanted coffee. Joe just wanted to go to bed. I slept on the flight, Joe didn't. So, off to bed with Joe and Esther and I went grocery shopping. It was a nice day overall. After dinner, we headed off to my brother's house. A great night of catching up and laughs. We killed off a...

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Jun 7, 2019 - Kinsale

07 Jun – Friday The hostel staff called the bus company for us, to see when would be a good time to try and catch the bus to Cork. They were not that helpful, mainly because they did not want to say if they had plenty of seats in case they all sold out in the meantime. We had to walk up and take our chances at the bus stop. We needed to be on the 2pm bus at the latest, but we would try for the 1pm one first. There was another at 1.30pm as well, so surely we would get on one of those. We checked out after breakfast and stored our packs...

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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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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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