FC: Blank Canvas | Ireland 2011
1: July 29-August 9, 2011 Itinerary July 30 Arrive in Ennis, Old Ground Hotel July 31 Lisdoonvarna, Sheedy's Country House Aug 1 Bike ride to The Burren/County Clare Aug 2 Kilfenora/Carran/Galway, Park House Hotel Aug 3 Aran Islands, Kilmurvey Guesthouse Aug 4 Connemara, Lough Inagh Lodge Aug 5 Kylemore Abbey & Renvyle Peninsula Aug 6-9 Dublin
2: We flew into Shannon Airport and arrived in Ennis on a beautiful Saturday morning. Pictured is our traditional Irish breakfast at Brogans, and scenes around Ennis.
3: Sunday morning after mass, it's not too early for a Guiness | Our favorite pub in Ennis | Traditional Irish music in Poet's Lounge, in our hotel. | The Ennis Cathedral
5: The Cliffs of Moher
7: Biking through the Burren and County Clare. The views along Galway Bay were some of the most scenic of our week.
8: The people who made the trip! Pictured on these pages are significant people from our trip. At top, Rusty Baldwin pictured with Brian, our VBT Guide. Below is dinner with our group at the Sheedy House and middle right is Josie our VBT Guide. On the bottom is dinner in Galway at McDonoughs, great fish and chips.
9: Our entire group on the top of Dun Aengus, a 2,000 year old Druid fort on Inishmore. Bottom left is our friend Paul, the piano player from Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna. Bottom middle-the girls shoppinng on Inishmore. Spencer pictured bottom right on a cliffside on Inishmore
14: Riding through The Bog...38 mile ride to Lough Inagh. Mike is pictured getting on his bike near Galway, Joselle and I are showing off the snack basket with Little Lamb (mascot) inside. Sue drinking a well earned beer upon arriving at the Lough Inagh Lodge.
16: Lough Inagh Lodge... Heaven on Earth!
17: The Lodge at left, the brave members of our group who went swimming, great fishing spot, local mussels-yum, Dan with Brian, and Rhonda learning to pull a proper Guinness from Colin the local fishing adviser and pub fixture.
18: Kylemore Abbey
19: Farewell to Connemara!
20: Dublin | We went to mass on Sunday at Sacred Heart Church in Donnybrook at left. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church on bottom row.
21: Memorable Dublin Pubs
24: Kilmainham Gaol
25: Carol and Roger joined us for three days in Dublin. We toured the city and enjoyed some fine dining together. Our Dublin hotel is pictured below.
26: Cafe en Seine
27: Slainte! It was a great trip to Ireland!