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Feb 2, 2019 - Wicklow National Park/ Bray

Today my friends and I got up super early and took the train to Dublin and then to a little coastal town called Bray. It is in the Wicklow National Park, just south of Dublin. We walked on the rocky beach and then made it to the hiking trail that we planned to go on. The cliffs were not crazy high but they were really beautiful and it was SO sunny!! Crazy for Ireland! We walked for quite some time and it was just getting more pretty. The trail was pretty mild and then we turned to go up the peak instead of doing the loop. After a little...

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May 7, 2017 - Kilmore Quay to Dublin Airport

This a.m. we had a lovely chat with the lady who runs Harbor Lights. It meant that we did not leave until after 10a but then we did not have a long way to go. We drove across the peninsula to Wexford. On the way we saw several thatched houses--one was quite big....a Cape Cod style with dormer windows. We also spied a cottage with a new blonde thatched roof. We saw some old tower ruins. Wexford seemed a typical waterfront Irish town with Main Street winding down to the harbour. We saw no sign of a castle although it does have one. From here...

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Isle of Shamrocks

May 1, 2017 - Glendalough

From Rathdrum, we drove back up the road to Laragh and turned onto R756 to go to Glendalough and the monastic settlement founded in 498 A.D. by St. Kevin. First you see the round tower, still plumb straight, rising over 30m with a conical roof. It is srrounded by a cemetary still in use. Among the tombstones stand St. Kevin's Cross, a tall Celtic cross over a wheel carved in granite. Nearby stands a roofless 9th century cathedral...also with ancient tombstones. Closeby, just down the knoll, is another small limestone church, possibly St....

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Isle of Shamrocks

Apr 28, 2017 - Trim to Rathdrum, Wicklow Mts.

This a.m. we left Trim and its castle behind as we headed east to the M50 and then south to Enniskerry. We were in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. Green fields of sheep seemed to follow us. We wound through town to Powercourt Estate. An entrance fee was paid. The first thing we noticed was the fantastic view of the mountains. Further on a large imposing estate house stood alongside the road. We parked. We walked to the door of the house, walked in past several gift shops, showed our tickets, picked up the audio and went into a...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Sep 26, 2016 - South of Dublin and Dublin city

26 Sep It was a good thing we set an alarm this morning. Even with an early to bed and a late 9am bus departure, we were sound asleep at 7:30. After a nice breakfast and all but two people aboard we took off for County Wicklow South of Dublin. Our stop this morning is Russborough House. This mansion has the longest facade of any house in Ireland stretching almost 700 feet across. The home overlooks the very large Blessington Lakes. A reservoir for Dublin, it is so large that the tv show "Vikings" is filmed on it. The owners family was...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Ireland - Wicklow

Today we are doing a Wicklow mountains tour. So we get up and source our drop off area - near Molly Malone statute - all good have about an hour before we depart so go and have some breaky close by. The only thing open was Starbucks (not a huge fan but it will do). They have toast for 2 euro and bring on a coffee and all good to go - however when I order the toast, she gets the bread out of the packet and asks if I would like it toasted!?! WTF - if I wanted bread I would have asked for bread - but I asked for toast - well at the point Dave...

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Our European/UK Trip

Aug 18, 2015 - Coastal Train DART

We hopped on the DART today and rode all the way down the coast to Greystones, Ireland. In Dublin, the electric rail system called the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a quick and easy way to get around Dublin. It runs along the coast of the Irish Sea from Malahide or Howth in north County Dublin southwards as far as Greystones, County Wicklow. We got off the train and had some of the BEST fish and chips we ever had. Greystones is a lovely little village, you can walk from one end to the other. It is loaded with cool shops and...

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May 20, 2015 - Glendalough & Powerscourt

To beat the rush of the day, we met early for breakfast, checked out, and made the short drive to Glendalough, the site of the ancient lakeside monastery tucked away in the Wicklow Hills. Glendalough means 'The Valley of the Two Lakes' and was established by St. Kevin in the 6th century. The monastery flourished for over 600 years. Many of the buildings date to the 10th and 12th centuries and some were restored in the 1870's. You enter the site through a two-arch gatehouse and find yourself near the 100-ft high Round Tower and surrounding...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

May 19, 2015 - Blessington, Wicklow

We had planned a couple of days in Wicklow and I was feeling well enough to go so we headed off that direction. We stopped about halfway up the motorway for a bite to eat for lunch and then continued on to Blessington and our accommodations for the night. Timmy found Tulfarris Golf Resort on the internet and it was very secluded, quiet, beautiful, and reasonably priced. We checked in, got settled, and decided to take a ride around the shores of Blessington Lakes before stopping for dinner in Blessington. Our food was excellent...

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Summer 2014 & Beyond

Sep 28, 2014 - Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland

The reason for our stay in Enniskerry was to visit the finest gardens in Ireland at Powerscourt House and Gardens. Luckily, there was a very fine Marriott hotel located within walking distance of Powerscourt. MARRIOTT POWERSCOURT HOTEL Photos 1-10 The General Manager, David Webster, was most welcoming and helped make our stay so very memorable. Photo 11 Restaurant Manager, Conor Stacey, and Executive Chef, Raman Kumar, prepared an absolutely delicious dinner for us, served with grace and charm by George. Photos 12,13 Our high-tech luxury...

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Ireland 2014

Jun 9, 2014 - Wicklow Mountains Tour

Monday, we had another tour, although this one didn’t start quite so early. We woke up around 7 and, after getting ready, started walking back into Dublin. We got breakfast along the way and then waited for our tour back at the Dublin Tourism Information Center. Today, we would be heading south into the Wicklow Mountains area with Hilltop Treks. Our tour guide was Emily and once everyone was on board the bus, we headed to the outskirts of Dublin. Sandy and I were doing a guided walk, along with two girls from Norway, while the rest of the...

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Jun 17, 2012 - Dublin to Kilkenny

On Friday, the heavy rain and wind continued. My 6-year-old raincoat was soaking wet in minutes, despite my Scotchguarding efforts last week. We headed for a store, where I found a jacket on sale for 30 Euro, or about $38. It's been well worth it. We rode the train into Dublin from Dun Laoghaire. Our first stop was Trinity College, which is home to the Book of Kells. This copy of the four Gospels, prepared by monks in the Dark Ages, is beautifully illustrated and written. We waited in a long line to get a short look at a few pages, but they...

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