S: Ireland - June 2010
BC: Ireland 2010
FC: Ireland 2010
1: Irish Legends Tour 2010 Day 1: Overnight Flight to Dublin Day 2: Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol Day 3: Megalithic Tombs & Abbey Tavern Day 4: National Stud & Medieval Kilkenny Day 5: Titanic Tour & Blarney Castle Day 6: Dingle Peninsula Tour Day 7: Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher Day 8: Aran Islands & Dun Aengus Day 9: Strokestown Park House & Dunboyne Castle Day 10: Return Home from Dublin
2: Fun Facts of Ireland: - The national symbol of Ireland is the Celtic harp, not the shamrock. - Ireland was once densely forested, but was practically denuded of tree cover in the 17th century. - Dublin was originally called "Dubh Linn," which means "Black Pool." The name refers to an ancient treacle lake in the city, which is now part of a penguin enclosure at the Dublin City Zoo. - According to some historians, over 40% of all American presidents have had some Irish ancestry.
3: "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day." | Ireland | First Stop: Dublin
5: Kilmainham Gaol
7: May you never forget what is worth remembering, Or remember what is best forgotten. ~Irish Blessing | Along the north quays at the east end of Dublin city centre you’ll find some strange and disturbing figures (pictured on the left). Gaunt and disturbing, these iron figures commemorate the great hunger that killed a huge portion of Ireland’s population in the last century.
9: The Entrance to Newgrange
10: Nestled in a ridge near a bend in the Boyne River in Ireland is one of the most amazing examples of ancient monuments that can still be seen today. This monument is called Newgrange. It is a megalithic passage tomb that predates Stonehenge by roughly 1,000 years. Newgrange was built around 3200 BC. Experts believe that it would have taken a group of 300 workers around 30 years to complete the tomb. Inside the tomb are burial chambers believed to have been used for rituals. | The most striking aspect of the Newgrange tomb is its precise astronomical alignment, which allows for a truly spectacular phenomenon at sunrise on the winter solstice (December 19-23, especially the 21st). On this day, the shortest of the year, a shaft of sunlight enters through a large opening above the entrance (called the roof box) and pierces the inner passageway. The sunbeam touches a stone basin at the end of the passageway and lights up a series of spiral carvings inside the chamber, whose meaning is unknown. The event lasts about 17 minutes.
12: If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying
13: Dublin | Temple Bar district in Dublin got its name from Sir William Temple, whose home and gardens were located there in the 17th century ("bar" happens to be a common Anglo-Saxon name for a gatehouse).
14: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
16: In 1759, at the age of 34, Arthur Guinness signed a 9000-year lease for the St. James's Gate Brewery, Dublin, at an annual rent of 45.
17: "Guiness is good for you"
19: Irish National Stud Farm
20: Japanese Gardens
21: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing
22: OF | LUCK | THE | IRISH | On the road
23: May you get all your wishes but one, So you always have something to strive for. ~Irish Blessing | Kilkenny
24: May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. ~Irish Blessing
25: May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing
26: Country Home Stay in Kilkenny
27: Ireland has virtually no coal or iron. Instead, there are plentiful supplies of peat or turf, much of which is harvested for power production under the state's company Bord na Mona.
28: Rock Of Cashel | Cobh
29: Cobh was the main port for emigration from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. It is also where the Titanic last stopped.
30: Blarney Castle
31: If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying | Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy, and has been attracting attention beyond Munster ever since. Over the last few hundred years, millions have flocked to Blarney, making it a world landmark and one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.
32: Kissing the Blarney Stone | For over 200 years, world statesmen, literary giants, and legends of the silver screen have joined the millions of pilgrims climbing the steps to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Its powers are unquestioned but its story still creates debate.
36: If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying
37: Carriage Ride
41: Our Tour Group (minus Jack)
42: Dingle | Peninsula
44: This beautiful Dingle Peninsula scenery has been showcased in many movies. Two well known movies include "Ryan's Daughter" and "Far & Away."
47: Dingle Peninsula | The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean from Ireland's south-west coast. The peninsula is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest peak. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs, broken by sandy beaches, with two large sand spits at Inch in the south and the Maharees to the north. The Blasket Islands lie to the west of the peninsula.
48: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
50: Flying Boat Museum
52: Irish Coffee Recipe 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey 1 tsp brown sugar 6 oz hot coffee heavy cream Combine whiskey, sugar and coffee in a mug and stir to dissolve. Float cold cream gently on top. Do not mix.
54: Bunratty Castle
56: Cliffs of Moher
58: Golf course in Ireland; one of the most challenging in the world.
59: May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing
64: Aran Islands
67: Fort Dun Aengus
70: Dún Aengus, at the edge of a 100 meter high cliff, is the most famous of several prehistoric forts on the Aran Islands. The fort consists of a series of four concentric walls of dry stone construction. The original shape was presumably oval or D-shaped but part of the cliff and fort have since collapsed into the sea.
73: May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. ~Irish Blessing
74: Strokestown Park House | Strokestown Park House is an 18th century mansion which has been faithully restored. It is one of Ireland's finest surviving Palladian houses and houses the National Famine Museum.
77: The 4 acre 18th century walled pleasure garden has been fully restored to its' original splendor. It's piece de resistance is its' herbaceous border which is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest herbaceous border in Britain & Ireland.
79: Last Stop: Dunboyne