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Oct 3, 2016 - Cork, Waterford, Avoca Handweavers, Vikings!

September 27, 2016 After our Home-Hosted visit, we stopped in an Irish pub for an hour of Irish music by artist Richie Roberts. He entertained us for an hour with Irish musical favorites while we drank Guiness and Irish Whisky! September 28, 2016 This morning we left Cork to travel to Kilkenny. Our first stop was a visit to Cahir Castle, which is now one of Ireland's best-preserved castles. Situated on a rocky island in the River Suir, the castle still boasts it's keep, tower, and much of its original structure. The last Lord Cahir died in...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Cork, Blarney Castle, Cobh, Home Hosted Lunch, Kilkenny 9/26/2016 to 9/28/2016

September 26, 2016 After our early morning visit to a sheep farm, we headed to Cork, out next year city. On the way we stopped for a visit at Blarney Castle, where if one kisses the Blarney Stone, they will receive the "gift of gab." Of course, I climbed to the top of the tower to lean back and kiss the Blarney Stone. We then explored the castle's grounds which include caves, dungeons, and a rock garden of ancient trees and stones. Then we were off to a two night stay in Cork, Ireland's second-largest city. Cork is an island city with a...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula

From September 24 to September 26 we have been in Killarney. The first morning (9/24/2016) we discovered the Ring of Kerry, a drive that traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula with gorgeous views. Weather was beautiful, sunny, and not too cold. September 25 took us on an adventure to the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula with beautiful beaches and very green grassy fields of sheep and cow pastures. We ate fish and chips and Mary Sue, friend from Bay View, Michigan, enjoyed her raw oysters! We visited a sheep farm and were able to see a...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Galway and vicinity and on to Killarney 9/20/2016 to 9/23/2016

Today is our eleventh day on our Grand Circle Tour of Ireland. I have fallen in love with this very green country! I have not a single drop of Irish blood in me, but our group is having a wonderful time. I am here with several of my friends from Bay View, Michigan, my summer home! Our guide, Rory O'Shaugnessey is marvelous with his encyclopedic knowledge of the history and the legends of the beautiful, green country! I am learning so much and enjoying every minute of this trip. We have just spent four nights in Galway. One day we ventured...

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Sep 19, 2016 - Elizabeth in Ireland Sept 14 to 18, 2016

Dear Friends and Family Members, Ireland: September 14, 2016 to September 18, 2016 I finally have some time to write about my adventures in Ireland! I flew from Seattle to Amsterdam on September 14. I arrived on September 15, changed planes and continued to Belfast where I met my traveling companions with the Grand Circle Travel Adventure. Here are some highlights: Belfast on September 16 We drove through West Belfast's Protestant neighborhood of Shankill Road, and the Catholic neighborhood of Falls Road, where large, vivid murals painted...

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Aug 19, 2016 - Belfast: last full day on RS tour

We are in Belfast for our last full day with our group. We have said our first goodbyes, this time to our bus driver Allen. This morning we drove from Portrush to Belfast; our first stop was the Titanic Center. The building itself is the size of the ship, and the center is filled with displays outlining the construction, launching, and disaster of the Titanic. There is a "shipyard ride" that took us around the shipyard; we got a small idea of what it would have been like to work on the gantry. Belfast was a booming town in 1912 when the...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Sligo - Drumcliff - Belleek, Northern Ireland - Derry - Giant's Causeway - Belfast

Another busy day on the go today. From our hotel we took a short drive to Drumcliff to see St Columba's Church where Ireland's national poet - W B Yeats is buried. The church is now maintained by the Yeats Society and it is the site of the planting of a peace tree by Prince Charles about 2 years ago. After leaving the church we crossed the border into Northern Ireland. I had expected to see something to mark the border but there was just a service station and not much else. We stopped at Belleek Pottery to see their fine china wares and...

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Willos UK Trip

May 12, 2016 - Day 5--Belfast

I had not realized that the bulk of the violence from the civil war of the 1960s, 70s....and 80s, was concentrated in Belfast. In some ways, that was the most interesting part of the trip to Belfast, but one we really spent little time on. We opted for a hop-on, hop-off bus, though I decided quickly we had chosen the wrong company. Only one of their buses were really equipped to take care of Dad's scooter. And the buses were not exactly the 30 minutes apart they had told us--more like 45 minutes to an hour apart. Still, it was a pretty...

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UK Cruise

Apr 28, 2016 - Belfast

This morning we took a 2 1/2 hour coach drive down the west coast to catch our Stena ferry to Belfast. Snowed most of the way so there unfortunately wasn't much to see. 2 hours across the Irish Sea bought us to our next stopover. Only in Belfast for one afternoon and the weather was literally freezing so booked a personal tour of Belfast showing the history of their troubled past. Very interesting.

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Dec 25, 2015 - Cold Belfast

Headed off from Dublin this morning rained all the way. Headlines in the Irish Times "local Australian women rescue man 84 trapped in car on the M1. Driving on the M1 an elderly man flipped his car after having a seizure we pulled over as he slowly made his way from the wreckage not a scratch but he said he broke a nail not sure what do make of that!!!! Whilst Ros attended to the man I stood in the middle of the M1 trying to slow the traffic from 120klm an hour great start to Xmas morning just goes to show we can handle anything we were bred...

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Nov 8, 2015 - Moving Along

Ok so I just typed an entire blog post and went to post it but the wifi cut out in the meantime and deleted everything. I hope this reads well like the other one, but I can't promise anything because I'm frustrated and dog tired. ANYWHO..it's been quite a long time, eh? I had no service or wifi for a few days when I wanted to post because I'm in the UK, so here goes nothing. And it'll probably be long. I'll start where I left off, Halloween... Halloween is really interesting here, especially when you have a boss like Brendan. He invited us...

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Oct 23, 2015 - Belfast and Donegal

We had a nice dinner on October 20th with Helen and several of her friends. On October 23 rd the 6 of us headed off for Belfast and the Titanic Exhibit. http://www.titanicbelfast.com/ We had hoped for lovely weather and a safe trip, and we had both. We highly recommend this exhibit. It views the Titanic from the history of its being built and information about after the sinking. Very interactive and appealing to all ages. Belfast was calm and beautiful, with none of the military sense of the past. After the exhibit, we drove to the Caseal...

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Ireland Travels 2015

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