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1: The Fahey Family Ireland Trip 2011 May 19 - May 28

2: Day 1: Arrival in Dublin, Train to Cork and Hotel Isaacs

3: Cork Ireland

4: Day 2: Kinsale, Charles Fort, Timoleague Abbey, & Glen Country House

5: Kinsale Ireland

6: Out & About in Kinsale

7: Desmond Castle Kinsale | Tour Guide Rated Zero Stars!

8: St. Multose Church | Kinsale

9: Built in 1190, this church has remained in continuous use until present day.

10: Charles Fort Kinsale

11: Charles Fort is a star fort located on Kinsale harbour which played a large role in the Siege of Kinsale in 1601.

14: Timoleague Abbey Timoleague | Timoleague Friary was founded in 1240. In 1612 the Abbey was sacked by English soldiers who smashed all the stained glass windows, but the rest of the architecture remains.

15: Timoleague Ireland

16: Glen Country House

17: Glen Country House is located between Kinsale and Timoleague. Built in 1860 with sweeping views of Courtmacsherry Bay, the estate is also comprised of a 300 acre working farm.

18: Exploring the Glen Country House estate! | The Scott family spaniel! | The horses loved visitors!

19: We spent many hours relaxing in front of the crackling peat fire with homemade gingerbread and coffee | Voted "Favorite Accommodations" by the Fahey clan!

20: Day 3: Blarney Castle & House, Killarney & Muckross House, Kenmare & O'Donnabhain's

21: Blarney Ireland

22: Blarney Castle

23: According to legend, kissing the blarney stone endows the kisser with the gift of "gab," (eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. | Colin kissing the blarney stone!

24: Blarney House & Grounds

25: Springtime in Blarney Castle gardens... beautiful azaleas & rhododendrons!

26: Killarney Ireland

27: Muckross House Killarney

28: Muckross House Gardens Killarney

29: Ladies View Lakes of Killarney | On the drive from Killarney to Kenmare we stumbled across Ladies View... as we unexpectedly traversed part of the Ring of Kerry.

30: Kemare Ireland

31: O' Donnabhain's Kenmare | O' Donnabhain's Pub is also a bed and breakfast. We slept right above the pub! It was remarkably quiet!

32: Day 4: The Ring of Kerry, Dingle, and Heaton's Guesthouse

33: Ring of Kerry

34: Ring of Kerry A 173km scenic drive around Ireland's southwest Iveragh Peninsula | Narrow Roads! | Beautiful Views!

35: Carroll's Cove- Home of "some of the warmest water in Ireland," a local trailor park, and "Ireland's only beachside bar" | Ruins of famine villages | View of the Skellig Islands

36: Derrynane House

37: Derrynane House is located beween Caherdaniel and Waterville on the Ring of Kerry. It is the former home of Irish politician and statesman Daniel O'Connell, and is now an Irish national monument and a 320 acre national park. | The house was right on the beach!

38: The breathtaking views while driving the Ring of Kerry

39: Skellig Ring | We went off the big bus route and included the Skellig Ring and Valentia Island portion of the Ring of Kerry! | Ferry Ride from Knightstown, Valentia Island

40: Dingle Ireland

41: Heaton's Guesthouse Dingle | Voted "best breakfast" by the Fahey Fam!

42: Day 5: The Dingle Peninsula, Adare, and The Mustard Seed

43: Dingle Peninsula

44: Dingle Peninsula A 30 mile (47 km) scenic drive around Ireland's Dingle Peninsula | Beautiful Views!

45: Beehive Huts, or clochans, are mysterious stone igloos which have stood for over 4,000 years. They were inhabited from ancient times until 1200 AD. | The Stone House- An on and off restaurant built using the region's ancient rock-slab architecture

46: The breathtaking views while driving the Dingle Peninsula

47: Slea Head | Slea Head is a promontory in the westernmost part of the dingle peninsula. | One of the windiest days recorded in the dingle peninsula!

49: Coumeenole Beach, near Slea Head, where the movie "Ryan's Daughter" was filmed. | Coumeenole Beach

51: Dunmore Head | Dunmore Head is the most westerly point in Europe!!

53: Adare Ireland

54: The Quaint Village of Adare

56: Adare Manor

58: Exploring Adare Manor's Grounds!!

59: Adare Manor's beautiful golf course...Colin was dying to play!

60: The Mustard Seed | Ballingarry Ireland

61: A beautiful rainbow greeted us!

62: Mrs. Tinsley really wanted our sugar cubes!

63: Exploring the Mustard Seed & Ballingarry! | St. Mary's Church...and cows. The only things in the sleepy town of Ballingarry

64: Day 6: Ennis, Knappogue Castle, Quin Abbey, Cliffs of Moher & Pillo Hotel Galway

65: Ennis Ireland

66: Knappogue Castle

67: Knappogue Castle was built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara, son of Sioda (who built Bunratty castle). In 1571 it became the seat of the MacNamara clan. In 1641 it was occupied by Oliver Cromwell's troops, but later returned to the MacNamara Clan who sold it to the Scots in 1800.

68: Knappogue Castle's Walled Garden

69: Knappogue Castle's walled garden dates back to 1817. It has been restored back to its former splendor with climbing roses, grapevines, and many clematis varieties.

70: Quin Abbey | Located just 5 miles outside of Ennis is Quin Ireland, home of Quin Abbey. The abbey was built in 1402 on the ruins of a Norman Castle.

71: Quin Abbey has served as a place of great conflict, as its setting on the main route between Limerick and Galway made it a target through the years. Its setting also served as a delightful surprise for the Fahey family on the route from Ballingarry to Galway.

72: Cliffs of Moher

73: Cliffs of Moher, an utterly amazing view... As of July 2009, the Cliffs were named one of 28 global finalists in the "New Seven Wonders of Nature".

76: We ignored the sign and went past the guard walls for awesome unrestricted views! | Kelly and mom decided against the restricted zone!

78: On the drive from the Cliffs to Galway we passed Doonagore Castle | A 16th century tower house, it has been used as a navigational point by boats approaching Doolin pier. It is now owned by an Irish-American family as a summer home! | Doonagore Castle

79: Galway Ireland | Pillo Hotel- A very nice & modern hotel in Galway!

80: Day 7: Connemara, Kylemore Abbey & Road Trip to Dublin

81: Connemara

82: Kylemore Abbey

83: Kylemore Abbey was built in 1867 as a private residence for a wealthy politician, Mitchell Henry. In 1920 it became a monastery for Benedictine nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

84: A beautiful Gothic church on the grounds was constructed by Mitchell Henry in memory of his beloved wife who died only 4 years after the castle was constructed.

86: Day 8: Day Tour of the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough Valley, & Avoca

87: "Guinness Lake," (better known as "Mara & Izzy Lake" by the Fahey clan!) | Wicklow Mountains

88: Glendalough Valley | Glendalough literally means "glen of two lakes," and is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. | The Round Tower of Glendalough

89: Glendalough is renowned for its early medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest. The settlement was partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops. | Legend says if you can touch both fingers around this cross you get one wish... | Saint Kevin's Church

91: The Upper Lake was the background for the wedding scene in the movie "Leap Year." Little did we know the trek from the Lower Lake & valley to the Upper Lake was quite long...we barely made it back to the tour bus in time! | Almost there...Can almost see it... | On our trek...

92: We finally made it to the Upper Lake! Well worth the view!!

93: Avoca | The tiny town of Avoca is known for Avoca Handweavers- the oldest woolen mill in Ireland. It dates back to 1723 and was the last stop on our bus tour. | Ireland

94: Day 9: Guinness Storehouse & Dublin

95: Guinness Storehouse

96: Learning how to officially pour a Guinness!

98: At the top of the Guinness storehouse...the gravity bar overlooking Dublin!

100: Dublin Ireland | Exploring Grafton Street!

101: The last pub we frequented in Ireland! | Trying to decipher the map of Dublin!

102: Trinity | College

103: What a wonderful trip! Sad for it to be over! | Day 10: Flight home...

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