S: Ireland 2011
FC: Ireland 2011
1: We flew from Little Rock and arrived in Dublin on Saturday, June 11. We drove south through the Wicklow Mountains to Kilkenny, stopping at the ancient monastery of Glendalough along the way. After spending several days in Kilkenny we drove to Tralee on the western coast for a three day stay, visiting Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula from there. We drove back to Dublin where we spent the last two days of our trip.
2: On the road again... | Upon arrival drove an hour to Wicklow for breakfast
3: Wicklow--said to be the first place St. Patrick, a former English slave in Ireland, landed to bring Christianity to Ireland
4: Glendalough, an ancient Celtic monastery in County Wicklow, shut down by the evil English occupiers in the 14th century.
6: We stayed at the Bregaghhouse B&B | Welcome to Kilkenny
7: We lost no time finding a pub | Kilkenny Castle
8: From Kilkenny we drove to New Ross, and inland port on the River Barrow, jumping off point for Irish potato famine migrants. We boarded a "famine ship" and watched a living history presentation of refugees of the famine migrating to Americay. | The Hook Lighthouse on the southern coast, County Wexford. One of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world, dating back to the early 13th century.
9: Found a pub out in the boondocks with a good chef--go figure! | A close encounter with the bovine kind!
10: St. Canice's Cathedral in Kilkenny | The view from the top of the tower | We ascend the series of ladders up St. Canice's Tower. 8 ladders of 16 steps.
11: Blarney Castle | Ed kisses the Blarney stone
12: Scenes from Blarney Castle | Good hair day!
13: A nice friendly pub with a cozy fire, libation and Irish music.
14: ...for the pikes must be together by the rising of the moon...
15: Driving around the Ring of Kerry
18: Dingle Penninsula
20: just another friendly pub | got Guiness?
21: Everyday life in the 16th century. Bunratty Castle, County Clare
22: Back to Dublin. Above is th house where we stayed. | St. Patrick's Cathedral
23: O'Mally, O'Brien, O'Neill and O'Donnell, there's no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama | Cead slan