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FC: Brenget's Travels 2012 Bridget and Brendan's trip to Ireland and Portugal

1: Brenget's Travels Bridget and Brendans' Trip to Ireland and Portugal. 2012

2: The mouth of Killary Harbour, taken from the Silver Strand. This would have been the the view seen by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra when they arrived on the Royal yacht accompanied by a navel fleet to begin a sightseeing tour of Connemara in 1903. I have been told that John J. O'Mally was part of the welcoming party, but have not verfied this. | 'Captain' George O'Malley the notorious smuggler navigated the seas around Killary in the 18th century, bringing a cargo of tobacco , brandy , gin , tea and silks. He wrote fantastical memoirs detailing his exploits from the time of this birth in 1796 to his retirement in 1829 and his subsequent demise in the Workhouse in Westport. As Tim Robinson put it in the second volume of his masterful three volume collection of anecdotes, history and musings "Connemara" : "The Captain's inordinate memoir is a buried treasure chest, and I hope this partial account if it will encourage further unpacking of its riches, for even if half of it is fiction, it is a creative acheivement as a portrait of a self-haunted and storm-driven soul."

3: The Errif river and Ashleigh falls, near Leenaun at the throat of Killary Still eagerly forage by the most optimistic of fly fishers for sea trout and salmon. This is the location of the scene in 'The Field' where the yank (played by Tom Berenger) is removed emphatically from the list of potential buyers of the Bull McCabe's field.

6: Clonmacnoise - founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century Born in Co. Roscommon, Ciaran went to school with St Brendan and St Columba at Clonard. From there he went to Inis Mor in the Aran Islands and then settled here. By the 9th century there were 2000 scholars and men and women of devotion living here. The growth of Athlone (possibly the ugliest town in Ireland) in the twelfth century contributed to the demise of the holy city in the 12th century.

15: LISBON, Portugal Castle of So Jorge - The Christians managed to protect themselves against the marauding Moors using these fortifications during the 12th century. Belém Tower - Built by king John II in in the early 16th century Jerónimos Monastery - The Church of Santa Maria hosts the tomb of navigator Vasco da Gama as well as some Kings and Queens

16: Clongowes Reunion | Aiden O'Shea - Crack Mayo Fooballer

21: Westport - the town layout was designed by architect James Wyatt in 1780. The Carrowbeg river was diverted to flow along a more sublime route.

24: Achill - Largest island in Ireland. Many of its occupants emigrated to Cleveland Ohio.

27: One last trip to Connemara... Roundstone , its bog and surroundings. The Connemara pony is known are known for their athleticism, versatility and good disposition

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