FC: Ireland 2009 IRELAND 2009 IRELAND 2009
1: June 7th: Leaving the airport and on our way to Killarney! | Beautiful scenery and idiotic drivers... The perfect combination
3: The Town of Adare had some beautiful architecture, stunning parks, and friendly people.
4: Jo and Morgan enjoying their first evening in Ireland at a local pub in Killarney. Morgan is having her first Guinness for Dad.
5: Beginning the drive through the Ring of Kerry via Killarney National Park
6: Beautiful views visited by Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting
10: The Ring of Kerry | Carroll's Cove has some of the warmest water in Ireland and is the only beach that can boast a "beachside bar"
13: Morgan had fun climbing to the top of the stone fort and taking in the views from the top, while Jo stayed earth bound and tried to figure out the mysteries of the stone fort.
14: One of the many castles in Ireland that we actually stopped to explore. You will find castle and church ruins in the middle of a farmer's field or in the center of a small town. Many are untouched by human destruction or graffiti, just weathered by time and the forces of nature.
16: On any road traveled you will come across a graveyard, some dating back to times before the Potato Famine. Here in Lispole we met two local women tending to a relative's grave. They shared the history of their quaint little town with us and told us that if we found out we were related or from the general area to come back and stay with them for a spell.
17: Store fronts in the town of Dingle and famine houses made into a museum. At a local coffee shop, Jo sits below a picture of a cow. (Do you think there is any resemblance?)
18: Next door to our B&B were these cute little ducklings. | Above is a picture of the B&B we stayed at while in Dingle. Margaret, the proprietor, was a lovely lady who loved anything to do with Elvis.
19: Our journey through the Dingle Peninsula. At one point we forded a stream nicknamed the upside-down bridge.
20: In the top of the Ogham stone is a hole that was used for people to seal deals. They would touch thumbs through the hole and swear to God. | The ruined church of Kilmalkedar (Cill Mhaoilcheadair) This site contains an Ogham stone that stood here 900 years before the church was built.
22: Views from the top of Conner's Pass on the Dingle Penninsula on the way to Tralee.
23: There wasn't much to do in the city of Tralee. Morgan and Jo had lunch then went and got their Irish tattoo at Dunn's Tattoo. Jo got a trinity knot with a clover in the center while Morgan got her celtic cross.
24: A beautiful beach in the town of Castlegregory. The beach overlooks Tralee Bay.
25: A gorgeous sunrise in Conner's Pass while heading north towards the Cliffs of Moher.
26: Poulnabrone Portal Tomb is located in the Burren in County Clare. The Burren is the rockiest area of Ireland but it also has some of the most beautiful scenery.
28: A closeup of the tomb and some of the surrounding area.
29: The Cliffs of Moher
30: More views from the Cliffs of Moher
31: While at the Cliffs of Moher we were introduced to a 9 week old Raven named Cornelius.
32: The Cliffs of Moher is one of the must see sites when visiting Ireland. It was at the top of our list! | Gorgeous views from O'Brien's Tower.
33: O'Brien's Tower, built in 1853, marks the highst point of the cliffs.
34: Random sights on our way to the portal tomb. the signs can get confusing.
35: Beautiful statues that we found across the street... | ... from a store in the Connemara National Park.
37: Stunning sites on our way to Northern Ireland. This includes seeing the Guinness Quality van!
38: Dunluce Castle ruins. The castle began it's decline after a stormy night when half of the kitchen fell into the sea in 1639.
40: The Giant's Causeway
41: Geologists say that the giant's causeway was formed by slowly cooling lava, however the locals believe otherwise. It involves a giant from the Antrim coast and another from Scotland.
42: Our B&B in Lisburn | Starbucks in Belfast | etched glass in St. Patrick's museum in Down Patrick
43: Scenic shots in Kilkeel near the Irish Sea and also a bridge on our way into Dublin.
44: The sites of Dublin while on a tour bus that gave a running commentary on everything we saw!
45: Our favorite stop in Dublin was of course the Guinness Factory!!
46: Arthur Guiness signed a lease for this site that would last 9,000 years! | The lease states that the rent would only be 45 pounds a year!! Talk about a man with faith in his product!
47: A copy of the original lease | Yeast, Hops and Barley along with water are the main ingredients of Guinness | Our free pint of Guinness at the end of the tour. We enjoyed every last drop!
48: Walkway to Newgrange visitor centre | Bru Na Boinne | The site of Knowth, a smaller version of Newgrange
49: The sites at Bru Na Boinne consist of three mounds, Knowth, Dowth, and Newgrange. All three of these mounds date back at least 500 years before the pyramids in Egypt.
50: Knowth has two entrances. Above is a look into one of them. | to the left is a look at the other entrance with the entrance stone place.
51: The site of Newgrange is the most well known of the three tombs. During the morning of the winter solstice the inner chamber will be completely lit for about 9 minutes.
52: Newgrange's entry stone has some very elaborate carvings. The bottom pictures show the hill that Dowth is located on and also where the sun rises on the winter solstice to light the inner chamber at Newgrange.
53: Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown
55: Awe inspiring sites within Jerpoint Abbey
56: On top of this hill is a very tall cross that had no access to tourists. | Friendly swans in Limerick on the River Shannon
57: Our last night in Ireland was spent having some of the best fish and chips at Durty Nelly's | We also took in the local music later that night and our last pint of Guinness!
58: Durty Nelly's welcome sign above the entrance to the pub. The pub was located next to Bunratty Castle, where they hold Medieval Banquets.
59: Couldn't resist a picture of knobby kneed colt.