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BC: Homeward Bound Dublin to JFK 4/1/2012 | Created by: Kathy Wobbe

FC: Ireland 2012 | O'Brien's Tower - Cliffs of Moher County Clare, Ireland

1: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing | Day 1 - Tues., March 20, 2012 – Depart JFK (NY) for Dublin, Ireland Day 2 - Wednesday 3/21/12 - Arrive in Dublin; Check in to the Davenport Hotel Dublin City Tour & Kilmainham Goal. Day 3 –Thursday 3/22/12 - Megalithic Toms & Abbey Tavern Tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, return to Dublin for free afternoon. Dinner at Abbey Tavern with Irish music, songs & step dancing. Day 4 -Friday 3/23/12 - Dunbrody Famine Ship & Waterford Crystal, traveling along south cost over night stay in Cork. The River Lee Hotel Day 5 - Saturday 3/24/12 - Blarney Castle and West Cork drive along coast of Cork via Skibbereen to town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll's Gap continue along King of Kerry route into Killarney Plaza Hotel. Day 6 -Sunday 3/25/12 -Dingle Peninsula Tour & Killarney Explore Dingle continuing to the Blasket Centre in Dunquin | Day 7 - Monday 3/26/12 -Flying B oat Museum & Cliffs of Moher ,drive to village of Bunratty to Durty Nelly's Pub. Head to view Cliffs of Moher Salthill Hotel overlooking Galway Bay Day 8 - Tuesday 3/27/12 The Connemara Region - Galway to Cong (The Quiet Man Village), Kylemore Abbey to Clifden and return to Salthill Hotel in Galway. Day 9 - Wednesday 3/28/12 - County Life Museum & Belleek Pottery tour. -Travel north to Castlebar, continue to Sligo, pause in Drumcliffe then to Donegal Bay -City Hotel Derry (Northern Ireland) Day 10 - Thursday 3/29/12 -Derry Walk & Giant's Causeway. Walking tour through ancient city of Derry. - Traveling north to explore Giant's Causeway. - Day 11 - Friday 3/30/12 - Titantic Belfast tour and Cabra Castle - Cabra Castle Hotel - Kingscourt Cavan Ireland Day 12 - Saturday 3/31/12 - Dublin Open - Top Bus Tour, Tour Guinness - Burlintinton Hotel - Dublin Day 13 - Depart for Home Sunday 4/1/12

2: MOLLY MALONE - In Dublin's fair city .... | Famine Memorial | Arriving in Dublin | 1st Day, 1st Hotel

3: Doors of Dublin

4: Kilmainham Goal (Jail) - Dublin Built in 1787 has a unique place in Irish History and where for more than 100 years those who fought against the English occupation were imprisoned | ...The last prisioner was Eamonn DeValera IRA Leader

5: ...on to St Patrick's | St Patrick's Cathedral - Founded 1191

6: Merrian Square Park Dublin, Ireland

7: ... First Night in Dublin - Dinner with great friends in The Ginger Man Pub | Ha'Penny Bridge over the River Liffey - Built 1816 | A Great First Day Exploring Dublin!

8: Tombs of Knowth and Newgrange . Most Famous of the Prehistoric Monuments originally built about 1300 BC -Boyne Valley -County Meath

9: "May your blessings outnumber

10: Sheep, Sheep and more Sheep

12: A fun afternoon at The Ginger Man Pub | Dinner Show at the Abbey Theatre - - Dublin (Aileen performing a traditional Irish Dance)

13: Replica of Dunbrody Famine Ship Built in 1845 New Ross, County Wexford

14: Traveling to New Ross to visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of a sailing vessel built in 1845 to transport emigrants.

15: Waterford Crystal Factory - County Waterford | Crystal Replica of the Twin Towers, NYC Post 9/11

16: Sites along the way to our next stop - County Cork | The town of Cashel and the Plains of Tipperary

17: Cork County - River Lee Hotel | sight across the River Lee | CORK

18: Blarney Castle

19: Kissing the Stone

20: The Blarney Stone is at the top of the tower along the battlement | Blarney Woolen Mills

22: Ring of Kerry Kenmare to Molls Gap and Ladies View

24: The Ring of Kerry The route around the Iveraugh Peninsula is referred to as the "Ring of Kerry". It is probably the most visited attraction in Ireland and known for its natural beauty. It takes at least a day to see the captivating mountain and coastal scenery dotted with quaint fishing villages | Ladies' View - along the Ring of Kerry

25: Killarney

26: Dingle Bay

27: Bee Hive Huts - Dingle | Built in early middle ages c. 500 to 1000 AD to house monks

28: Beautiful!!

30: Blasket Islands -in Dunquin inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming & fishing families

31: Connamara Connemara is the name given to the western portion of County Galway, which lies between Lough Corrib and the Atlantic. Connemara is one of the most scenic regions in Ireland. It's craggy mountain peaks, expansive sandy beaches and laced network of lakes exemplify the peaceful solitude and rugged beauty of The West of Ireland.

32: J E R E M I A H | K I L L A R N E Y N A T I O N A L P A R K

33: Ross Castle Built 15th Century

34: Red Deer - Native only to Ireland

36: Our Hotel - Killarney Plaza

37: St. Mary's Cathedral - Killarney Built in 1859

38: Early days of flight, 1930 & 1940's when aircraft landed on the River Shannon

39: Bunratty Folk Park

40: C L I F F S

41: O F M O H E R

42: C L I F F S | O' B R I E N ' S | T O W E R

43: T O P O F T O W E R

44: Leaving the Cliffs behind we drive through the rocky, stony Burren. The burren is known for its rolling limestone hills, rocky fields and stone fences. Our route takes us back over winding, narrow roads through Galway and on to our next hotel 2 night stay at The Salthill Hotel - Galway

45: O U R H O T E L O V E R L O O K I N G G A L W A Y B A Y | Diving Board directly in front of our Hotel Galway Bay | Girls took a walk along the Promenade

46: The beautiful village of Cong. The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was filmed here. | F I L M E D I N 1 9 5 1

47: Pat was in his glory.

50: Still in Cong

51: CONG

52: Our Lady of Knock - Queen of Ireland Basilica

53: Our Lady of Knock - Queen of Ireland The apparition at Knock took place August 21, 1879 | Knock, Ireland County Mayo

54: Kylemore Abbey | Nestled in the heart of the Connemara Mountains - the Castle was built in 1867 by the Henry Family The Irish Benedictine Nuns purchased the castle in 1920 and opened as an international boarding school for local girls

55: OK so now what do we need ...Euros, Pounds or Sterling??? | Sampling Irish Coffee everywhere we went..... | stopped at Clifden

56: 8th day - traveled north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life continuing to County Sligo

57: Drumcliffe Churchyard - grave of the writer, W.B. Yeates

58: A trip to Belleek Pottery -traveling through Donegal onto our hotel in Derry | Belleek Factory Tour - great shopping and an interesting tour of the making of the delicate handmade Parian pottery

59: Welcome to Northern Ireland - Town of Derry 2 night stay City Hotel

60: Waking Tour Historic Derry

61: Walking Tour of Historic Derry

62: Giant's Causeway -hexagonal basalt columns were formed from rapidly cooling volcanic lava | formed over 60 million years ago.

63: The Pipe Organ | Giant's Causeway

64: formed over 60 million years ago. | Giant's Causeway -hexagonal basalt columns were formed from rapidly cooling volcanic lava

66: If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying

67: Titanic Quarter | The H & W shipyards where the Titanic was built. | Missed museum opening by 1 day | Construction of the new Titanic exhibit building for the 100th anniversary | Sinking of the Titanic 4/10/1912 100th Year Anniversary

68: Belfast | The Crown Saloon

69: Belfast - City Hall | Crown Saloon - 1848

70: Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, has been home to some of the worst violence Ireland has endured. The Troubles, between the late 1960s and 1998, divided the nation, mainly between Nationalist Catholics and Unionist Protestants. The Agreement on Good Friday (April 10th, 1998) brought an end to 30 years of suffering and bitter feuding between these communities. Throughout The Troubles both sides painted large murals on buildings, particularly in residential areas on houses at the end of terraced rows. These murals are a considered a picture book of the recent history of Northern Ireland. | The Murals of Belfast

71: onto Cabra Castle - Kingscourt Northern Ireland | rs. | OSCAR - CASTLE'S MASCOT

73: Our Room

74: A wedding while we were at Cabra Castle

75: Irish Step Dancing at the Castle

76: Back to Dublin for our last day and night before heading home. Last hotel stay at The Burlington Hotel

77: 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

78: Last Day relaxing in hotel bar after Guinness Tour, before our night begins at the Brazen Head Bar

79: Pat & Aileen | Bill & Kathy | Pat & Mickey | Ellen & Kathy | It's Just About Over

82: The Award goes to

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