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Ireland 2011

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S: Seasons of Change

BC: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing

FC: Ireland 2011

1: John's Trip to the Giant's Causeway | There are more than 37000 basalt columns that extend from the cliffs down into the sea...cool! | Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge hangs 80 ft. above the sea. It provides access to the salmon fishery on the tiny island across the 65 ft. gap

2: The ruins of 13th century Dunluce Castle | The Giant's Chimney stacks | Statue of King William III

3: Northern Ireland coast | Bushmills Distillery Makers of fine Irish Whiskey

4: John crossing the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge... I'm really glad I wasn't on this day trip | Carrickfergus Castle

5: The Hill Tara The ancient seat of power in Ireland Where the High King would preside over Samhain This ancient hillside is the Birthplace of Halloween | The mound of Hostages | The Stone of Destiny sitting on top of the Kings seat is Ireland's ancient Coronation stone | The High Kings seat

6: Newgrange | The river Boyne | Newgrange was constructed over 5000 years ago. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of it's passage and chamber by the Winter Solstice Sun... This was by far one of the coolest places I have EVER been to!!!!

7: The entrance to Newgrange | The entrance slab to Newgrange is an Irish megalithic stone, about 4500-5500 years old. It's about 10 feet by 4 feet in size and weighs about 5 tons.It's considered one of the most famous rocks in Ireland. Not only because of where it is located but because of the carved spiral design on the stone itself. The Celts when they arrived in Ireland, copied the design making it one of the legendary Celtic icons.

8: Dunguaire Castle | Kinvara co. Galway

9: Dunguaire Castle was built in 1520 by the O'Hynes clan on the shores of Galway Bay. The Castle gets it's name from the ancient fort of Guaire, King of Connaught who died in 662AD. This restored 16th century tower house sits on a rocky hill side on the shores of Galway Bay, just out side the village of Kinvara.

10: The Rowan Tree. Sacred to the ancient Celts as a sacred container for protective energy."Look deeper, see through the object before your eyes and you will encounter visions into the world beyond the one you physically know." | Ballvalban Fairy Fort Celtic tradition says that ring forts were full of Druid magic. The forts were seen as entrances to the Tuatha-De-Danann{Fairy}world.

11: John and I inside the Fairy ring. He was waiting for me to start chanting "Pick me!" "Pick me!"

12: Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb a style of grave that marks the transition between Stone and Bronze age cultures. | The Burren which means "rocky land" in Gaelic is a huge limestone plateau in northwest County Clare.The Burren is a unique botanical environment in which Mediterranean and alpine plants rare to Ireland grow side by side. | The burren is home to 75%of Ireland's native flora

13: The Burren is the setting for the one of the camping scenes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part I | You really get the feeling of a lunar surface while walking around the Wedge Tomb

14: The High Crosses of Kilfenora Kilfenora was the site of an early monastic settlement St.Fachtna founded an Abbey here in the 6th century.Kilfenora is referred to as the "City of the Crosses" because of the seven high crosses that were believed to have been in place here before time and the elements took their toll on the amazing grander and beauty of these ancient stone carvings

16: Our lunch at O'Connor's Pub was fantastic! The best Guinness stew ever!!! | The beautiful view across the road from the pub

17: The Magnificent Cliffs of Moher Oner 700 feet tall. Almost vertical in their sheer drop into the Atlantic.The cliffs are a haven for sea birds, including the Atlantic Puffin. | Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore appear standing on a rock facing the cliff in Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince | The cliffs reach their highest point near O'Brien's Tower. The Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien as an observation point for the tourists who visited the cliffs in the early 19th century

18: The Cliffs of Moher is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. I can see why. The words the come to mind that describe my thoughts and feelings at the cliffs...Magnificent, Spectacular, Awe Inspiring, Edge of the World, very Cold and Oh My God it's Windy!!!

20: Full moon over Galway Bay | The tour bus driver slammed on the brakes in the middle of the road and shouted "Look at the Fox!" | A ruin of one of the Great Famine cottages of the mid 1840's | Path way down from O'Briens Tower

21: Ross Errilly Friary...is said to be the most extensive and best preserved of all the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland, was founded in 1351. However between 1538 and 1698 the Friary and the Brothers who served, were in a constant state of turmoil. Until finally the Brothers had to abandon the Friary for good with the introduction of the Popery act of 1698,which made the Friors fugitives.

23: The Village of Cong County Mayo | The village of Cong is where they filmed "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara

27: Kylemore Abbey | The Hawthorn Tree is one of the most sacred of trees. Known as the Faerie tree, this one has offerings around it to help heal sick children

28: Kylemore Castle was built in 1885 as a family home of Mitchell Henry and his wife Margaret. Henry sold the Castle in 1903. Then in 1920 the Irish Benedictine Abbeys bought the Castle and lands. | the beautiful memorial church Henry built for Margaret who died in 1875. Henry was laid to rest next to her in1910

29: The Gothic mini cathedral Henry built as a memorial to Margaret

32: John and I waiting for lunch in Dromoland's Game room

33: Dromoland Castle Co. Clare The Castle dates back to the 16th century and is the ancestral home of the O'Brien clan, direct descendants of the last High King of Ireland; Brian Boru.

34: The Castle's Walled Garden

36: John having fun feeding the Swan and Ducks at the fishing and boat dock

37: The Castle's Lily Pond

39: The Temple of Mercury

40: Our Romantic Dinner at the Earl ofThomond Restaurant

42: Waiting to start the Hawk walk in the Castle's lobby

43: Dromoland Castle's school of Falconry Hawk walk...How Cool is this!!! | Sapphire The Castle's Harris Hawk

44: What a magical place! | Sapphire likes foraging for slugs

45: This experience was on my bucket list and I didn't even know it!

46: Our Amazing Stay At The Castle Comes To An End

47: Ireland is one of the most beautiful places we have ever traveled to. I can't wait to come back!

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