S: Ireland 2013
FC: I | R | E | L | A | N | D | 2 | 0 | 1 | 3
1: Depart: Houston to Atlanta/Atlanta to Dublin = 9 hours Return: Dublin to Amsterdam; Amsterdam to Houston = 10 hours
2: Day One | The Leprechaun Museum
4: Day Two | Leaving Dublin for the day | Ready for adventure on the Paddywagon Tour bus! | River Liffey
6: King John's Castle | Through the countryside... | Learning about Ringforts while driving up the mountain
7: Corcomroe Abbey County Clare
8: This Abbey is known for the detailed carvings and other embellishments not commonly found in other structures built in the 13th century
9: Stopped for a quick lunch in Doolin where I had chowder for the first time | Seafood Chowder ,,,delicious!
10: Making our way up the mountain! but first, a stop at the mini cliffs. Then... | A Rainbow
11: The Cliffs of Moher
13: A scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was filmed here | Danger!
14: Quick stop by Bunratty Castle and the famous Durty Nelly's on the way back to Dublin
16: Temple Bar Ireland's most famous bar area | First night out! | O'Reilly's
17: Whiskey Steak for Stevo; Steak and Stout Pie for me... delicious! | What's up with this guy?? | Is this a Harlem Shake video?!
18: Fun things to see in Temple bar: Live music, kegs, and giant stop signs
20: DAY 3 The city of Cork | Cork is famous for its large English Market. People line up and down the street in their booths to sell food, jewelry, and other items.
21: The weather was perfect in Cork. This was one of my favorite towns to visit
22: Blarney Castle
23: The Poison Garden on the castle grounds
24: The word blarney has come to mean "clever, flattering, or coaxing talk". According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab
25: Kissing the Blarney Stone
28: Cobh | The city of | (cove)
29: St. Colman's Cathedral
30: Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic. They have a Titanic museum to remember those who were lost at sea. Of 123 passengers, only 44 survived. | Meringue and apple pie | The meringue and apple pie were delicious
32: S | t. | p | a | d | d | y | 's | d | a | y | '1 | 3 | Waiting in the snow, behind the Dartmouth Rugby team, for the parade to begin | Day 4 | Luckily, we were able to be in the People's Parade
34: D u b l i n | The People's Parade
36: Watching the "real" parade from inside a warm restaurant | All the floats were pushed by hand | The Gathering 2013
37: Next Stop: Saint Patrick's Cathedral
39: Time for: | Beer and Craic! | St. Patrick's Night
40: This pub was awesome! There were 3 levels with multiple bars and a live band playing all the Dublin classics. This is where Stevo and I met people from all over the world, including Bulgaria and Sweden | Bad Bob's Pub | WILD ROVER | "I've been a wild rover for many a year And I spent all my money on whiskey and beer And now I'm returning with gold in great store And I never will play the wild rover no more. And it's no, nay, never, No nay never no more, Will I play the wild rover No never no more"
41: The O'Reilly Family Diarmuid, my 4th cousin, and his parents Andy and Maura | Thinly sliced salmon Maura had for us as a snack | Day 5 | Family Day | beginning in King's Court | Maura and Andy's backyard
42: Diarmuid took us through the woods where the O'Reilly ringfort once was
43: Original O'Reilly property once owned by my great-great-grandfather | Diarmuid's house that he rents out to people....My future Timeshare | A huge Irish Wolfhound at the door of a castle hangout (like a country club)
44: Bailieborough | The most beautiful park
47: Mom's favorite place
48: The wishing well rules: Take 3 sips then toss the ladle over your shoulder
49: A trip to Kilkenny | Day 6
50: Castle Kilkenny
54: The Rose Garden
55: A delicious bakery across from the castle | My fancy Hot Chocolate
56: Beautiful scenery behind some craft shops in Kilkenny
57: Delicious Broccoli Cheese soup from Rinuccini, a restaurant awarded Best in Ireland for 2013
58: The streets of Kilkenny
59: The Guinness Brewery | Day 7 | Arthur Guinness's signature for the property | The World's largest pint shaped building
60: The Brewing Process
61: Ireland's #1 Tourist Attraction
62: St. James Gate
63: The brewery was leased in 1759 to Arthur Guinness at 45 Eu per year for 9,000 years
64: Learning how to officially pour our own pint of Guinness
67: D | U | B | L | I | N | There is a song that tells the tale of a beautiful fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. She is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night. The song "Molly Malone" is the unofficial anthem of Dublin. Her statue stays on Grafton street, the most expensive street in the city. | M.J. O'Neill's | A great little pub across | from our hotel. We had | drinks with the owner of | Pizza Hut here.
68: Kilmainham Gaol | In the period of time extending from its opening in 1796 until its decommissioning in 1924 it has been a site of incarceration of every significant Irish nationalist leader of both the constitutional and physical force traditions. Thus, its history as an institution is intimately linked with the story of the Irish nationalism. The majority of the Irish leaders in the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were imprisoned there. It also housed prisoners during the Irish War of Independence and many of the anti-treaty forces during the civil war period.
69: The museum had a lot of information and artifacts from when the jail was operating. Some of the artifacts included: mugshots, passports, uniforms, important documents, and small statues carved from human bone
70: The Italian Job and The Adventures of the Young Indiana Jones were filmed here
71: Nee Grace Gifford was the wife of the famous leader Joseph Plunkett. They were both prisoners at Kilmainham. Mrs. Plunkett painted this mural on the wall of her cell. | Kilmainham Gaol is shaped like a butterfly. There is a west wing, center "body", and right wing. Pictured here is the "body" of the jail.
72: This area is called the Rock Yard. | Prisoners were sent here to break rocks | However, the 14 famous leaders of Ireland's | Revolution were executed here by firing | squad. The black cross marks the | spot where each man was killed.