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May 17, 2013 - Belfast

On the 17th we began a daily routine that required us to get up in time to have your bags packed and sitting outside your door, breakfast between 7:00-7:30am, and then board the bus for the day's travels (in that order). At every other destination our stay lasted for two nights instead of one, so occasionally we earned a break from the pack-everything-every-morning ritual. Because we had packed so lightly and were only carrying one small bag, Charlotte and I were also washing laundry in hotel bathtubs frequently, which...

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Mar 14, 2013 - Top o the morning to Ya loves!

So I just found out that if you Catholic, both northern Ireland and Ireland are both just Ireland. Well, I am very catholic so I have therefore decided that I have the right to add both Ireland and northern Ireland to my list of countries visited. This should suffice until i get the chance to return to these parts and hit up Dublin. It has been a very informative day. I learned a lot about the history of Ireland and how the two countries got split up and the factions involved. Coming to Ireland was more of a let's try to see as much as...

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Apr 29, 2012 - Belfast to Dublin

Facebook album links - anyone can view the album of photos, copy and paste these links: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151550379235707.838322.746395706&type=1&l=4069052479 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151579999750707.841507.746395706&type=3&l=d383581dc7 Sunday 29th Day 7: Belfast – Dublin Breakfast this morning was from the café at the hostel, we have a voucher that says we can have ONE bowl of cereal, ONE cup of juice, ONE yoghurt, ONE coffee or tea. No buffet, no toast, and most of us are still hungry...

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Apr 23, 2012 - Northern Ireland - Belfast

19th April 2012 (Bed No 19) Arrived in Belfast and went straight to our accommodation. We had planned to take a “Black Cab’ tour. After a few phone calls, we found a company that could take us that same afternoon. The tour took 1 ½ hours around the political districts of Belfast which had bore the brunt of conflict over the last 30 years. Our first stop took us to a large open area surrounded by two story block apartments. There were murals at the end of each building, painted by local artists, which have become symbols of Northern Ireland,...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Belfast, Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Jet lag caught up with us today and we slept in. After lunch, we met Terry Flynn, our "driver"/travel guide and piled into his van for the first time. The picked up Ken, our local Belfast guide, and then went on a tour of Belfast. Ken did a great job pointing out the sights and explaining what we were looking at. The city is part of the United Kingdom and it is the capitol of the province of Northern Ireland. The currency is the English pound. The Belfast metropolitan area has about a half million people. Not long ago, Belfast emerged from...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Exploring Belfast

Today our group split in order to accomplish some individual "missions". Carol and Linda went to the beautiful, brand new Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) and while still at in the reception area ran into Brian Gilmore, one of our distant cousins originally from Middletown. We spent the day researching ancestors and took a bus back downtown to the hotel. Meanwhile, Carolee, Marge and BJ explored Belfast on foot while Carolee hummed "I wish I was in Carrickfergus". BJ began capturing Ireland in photos. She is a natural. What...

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Aug 27, 2011 - Belfast, Northern Ireland

We spent two nights in Belfast - really just enough time for a quick introduction to this intriguing city. The main thing we did was to take a Paddy Campbell Black Cab Tour to learn a bit about "The Troubles", the thirty years of violence between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. We had a great tour guide who drove us around, explaining history and showing some of the many murals in West Belfast. We stopped at the Clonard Martyrs memorial in Shankill, one of many memorial gardens that honor those who died during the many...

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Jul 23, 2011 - Belfast, Northern Ireland

What an unusual and interesting city! Rather than touring the beautiful Irish countryside, we arranged with a local taxi for a city tour. The largest portion of the tour was devoted to “the troubles”, the area of Belfast where most of the fighting of the past 40 years took place. We have visited Ireland before and seen lots of lovely countryside, but never having been to Northern Ireland I was very interested in seeing and understanding more about the political struggles. I thought after all the years of fighting in Northern Ireland there...

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Jun 25, 2011 - Enniskillen / Belfast

8.15am we are on the road, passing through Omagh, a town that was once bombed killing 29 people, including a pregnant lady with twins. Next stop was the walled city of Derry or Londonderry, where we did a guided walking tour that included 'The Siege, Emigration, Bloody Sunday and Modern Political History'.  A extremely touching tour with sad stories, especially learning of ' Sunday Bloody Sunday'.......now knowing where the U2 song stemmed from.  We were so moved by these history stories that we purchased a DVD to gain a even better...

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Jun 11, 2011 - Not sure what happened here

Just went to check this page and it has gone - no idea what happened here but obliviously the blarney stone doesn't work for the written word!! I am sure I had written something here. But it wasn't a big happening day. Did some washing - 17 pound - nearly died at the price but with the weather being dull and only spending single nights - it has been difficult to get heavier items washed and dried. Hence we didn't get away from Kilkenny until nearly mid day. Walked around the castle which is located in the centre of town - the grounds are...

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Jun 10, 2011 - It's a long way to Tipperary, a long way to go.............

Before leaving Cork we visited the English Market. A lovely indoor market selling a vast array of meats, fish, cheeses, bread, fruit and veges etc. I love these places, it would be neat if you had one close by. The Queen had visited on the 11th May during her first visit to Ireland. We then to Blarney Castle. It is said that if you kiss the Blarney stone, you will have the gift of eloquence bestowed upon you!. I can remember mum saying that dad laid on his back to kiss the stone and didn't realise that it was on top of the castle. Having...

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Jun 9, 2011 - The Ring of Kerry

Travelled the Ring of Kerry of today. Weather hasn't improved much, still patches of rain and overcast weather. It was a nice trip - lovely trip around the coast line. Lots of swans, stone fences etc. Quite a bit of fishing in this part of Ireland. Followed the Brandon River for a while in which there quite a few fly fisherman fishing. Ended up in Cork for the night.

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