S: Our 2011 Ireland Dream Trip
FC: "Life is measured by the things that take your breath away"
1: Three college friends A month in Ireland A cottage in CountyTipperary THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME May/June 2011
2: WE ARE ON OUR WAY May 15, 2011
3: When we arrived we found a rather cold and damp country cottage.
5: Our Home, our car, our peat fire, and very narrow roads. | We had much discussion about driving a stick-shift car on the left side of these microscopic roads "without margins"
6: Each evening when we got home, navigator Sue, would trace our trip on the map while Julie cooked, and we had wine! | Dezzie was our driver, while Julie made sure we could find our way home. It took three to drive here.
7: Our Tipperary Neighborhood
8: In Search of the Craic Jim O the Mill (our leprechaun) Oh, what an Irish experience!!
9: Our adopted Irish family, The Ryans: Gerry, Kathleen, Emma, Gavin and Keith also Packey, Michael, Aaron
10: Holy Cross Abbey & Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, Co. Wexford
11: Ormond Castle Cahir Castle Lismore Castle Carrick on Suir Swiss Cottage
13: We had to visit Cashel twice, as the first time we came, it was closed, due to the scheduled visit of Queen Elizabeth of England.
14: We did love our Tipperary home, neighbors, and neigborhood Eventually we had to leave our little cottage and graduate to B & B's and hotels.
16: And then, we broadened our horizons
17: We had to pass through Thurles, to go to most places. It had a "killer" town square that we hated to navigate
18: It seemed, everywhere we wanted to go, was off limits, due to the Queen's arrival. We went to Cork to see the English Market, and look who we found: see green sleeve.....
20: In Kinsale, Dezzie met Irish relatives and we fell in love with poc ar buile, a band from Cork
21: May 25th we arrived in the beautiful city of Galway . The Jurys Inn would be our home for the next four nights. From here we took tours to Aran Islands Connemara & Cong, the Burren & the Cliffs of Moher
22: Inishmore was the Aran Island we visited, and climbed Dun Aengus, a fort situated at the top of a 100 meter cliff. We also bought sweaters
23: The Connemara and Cong Tour allowed us to see (through the rain drops) Ross Errily Abbey, a Glebe Stone Circle, Cong Village, Lough Nafooey, Kylemore Abbey, Inagh Valley, and the Quiet Man bridge
25: We enjoyed ourselves despite the rain and wind. And besides, we had an evening in Galway to look forward to.
26: The Breathtaking Cliffs of Moher
28: Killarney & Ring of Kerry
33: The spectacular Dingle Peninsula
34: Irish National Stud, Kildare Powerscourt Garden, Wicklow Mountains
36: Wicklow Mountains Glendolaugh
37: Glenstal Abbey Gregorian Chant Mass President Obama visits Moneygall Tullamore Dew & Charleville Castle
38: D U B L I N
39: Newgrange County Meath, is a prehistoric monument dating back to 3200 BC, older than Stonhenge and the great pyramids. It may have had religious significance
40: B E L F A S T
41: Remnants of "The Troubles" are found through-out Belfast
42: Giant's Causeway, an area of interlocking basalt columns resulting from ancient volcanic eruptions on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. Gorgeous!
44: Londonderry, to the nationalists and Derry, to the Irish Republic, is the second largest city in Northern Ireland. The old walled city is situated on the west bank of the River Foyle. We spent one night here.
45: This is the Vee, a spectacular view of seven counties, near the top of the Vee (the gap), in the Knockmealdown Mountains. The Galtee Mountains are in the distance. This is in the midlands of Ireland, in County Tipperary, and the rhododendron are everywhere!!
47: Saying "Good Bye" to friends and going home. It has truly been an adventure of a lifetime. 6/15/11
48: And no trip to Ireland would be complete without a sampling of the pubs of Ireland.
49: Three college friends A month in Ireland 3000 miles on the car Spectacular sights seen Special friends and relatives met Memories for a lifetime We have truly been blessed!