S: Ireland 2011
3: May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go. ~Irish blessing | Shopping on Grafton Street
4: Time for a Guinness
6: "She drove her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow crying cockles and mussels alive, alive-o"
7: Ha' penny Bridge | Along the River Liffey
8: St.Patrick's Cathedral
9: St. Stephen's Green and the famous Dublin doors | Trinity College
10: In 1916, Irish volunteers staged a 6 day military uprising with the intent of ending British rule. A proclamation was circulated to the Irish people claiming an independent Republic of Ireland. At the end a small group of Irishmen were left occupying the general post office and held it for several days under heavy fire. The bullet holes can still be seen on the exterior of the building.
11: The survivors were captured and taken to the infamous Kilmainham Jail. One survivor, Joseph Plunkett married his love Grace Gifford in the prison chapel. They were allowed ten supervised minutes together before his was executed. She never remarried. | All of the survivors were executed and today a plaque marks the spot and a flag of the free Republic of Ireland flies at the site of their death. Their actions began the modern day struggle for independence for Ireland. Northern Ireland however still remains in British hands.
14: On through the Wicklow Mountains | 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 St. Patrick behold you. ~ Irish blessing
15: Lots of rocks and peat.
16: If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying | Cahir Castle
17: Meaness stud farm with Brian's two day old new addition.
18: Hmm...let's see. We want the scenic drive between Kilkenny and Cashel. Do we go right or left? | Rock of Cashel
20: 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 | In Ardmore with Gwen & Brian at the Cliff House and St. Declan's Oratory
21: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing. | Terri & Fin's wedding at a chapel by the sea and Waterford Castle
22: Partying in the local Dungarven pub.
23: Leaving our friends behind and starting out on our road trip around the perimeter of Ireland, our first stop was lunch in Kinsale - gourmet capital of Ireland.
24: The beautiful and often deserted coastline of Ireland.
27: Mizen Head The southernmost point in Ireland | A long hike out to the point, but worth every step.
28: Wherever you go, whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish, be there with you. ~ Irish blessing
30: Vallencia Island | Ballycarberry Castle | Ring of Kerry
31: Killarney and a jaunting cart ride
32: Beautiful Killarney National Park and The Irish Weaver top off the night.
33: Ross Castle, one of the many tower houses still standing.
34: The Gap of Dunloe A harrowing drive on a very narrow road through a steep mountains pass. (No we didn't use the bikes.) We soon found out why people hired jaunting carts or special vans to make the trip instead of driving. Sure was beautiful though!
36: The Dingle Peninsula | May you have: A world of wishes at your command. God and his angel close to hand. friends and family their love impact, and Irish blessings in your heart. ~ Irish blessing
38: Ancient ring forts and beehive huts still stand. | Ancient ring forts and beehive huts still stand.
39: A museum depicting life at the start of the famine. We promptly fell in love with the very unicorn like pony.
45: More beautiful scenes along the way.
49: The world famous Cliffs of Moher The rocky Burren region and the quaint villager of Doolen.
51: The ancient Poulemon Dolmen
52: May your thoughts be as bright as the shamrocks. May you heart be as light as a song. May each day bring you bright, happy hours, that stay with you all the year long. ~ Irish blessing | Galway
53: Beautiful Connemara where the peat travels from the field... | ...to the basket... | ...to the fireplace.
54: May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, and every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you. ~ Irish blessing | Kylemore Abbey
56: There is a beautiful old round tower and celtic crosses at Drumcliffe, but the area is best known as the burial place of Yeats. | Slieve League boasts the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Unfortunately when we were there, you couldn't see the top of the cliffs because of the cloud cover. It was high though!
57: In 1969, loyalists (Protestant) staged a march along the walls by the republican (Catholic) Bogside (below) of Derry. When the republicans tried to push back the marchers a riot ensued between them and the loyalist controlled police force. The riot lasted several days with the republicans in the Bogside barricading off their area, forming a small government and proclaiming the area Free Derry. They fought off the police until the British army was called in. This struggle was considered the first in the period known as "The Troubles:. Murals depicting the events are painted on the side of houses n the Bogside.
59: Old mixes with new in Derry as the walls still surround the old city while modern new bridges span the river. We stayed at a farm house located in the beautiful surrounding landscape of the city.
60: Inishowen Peninsula
62: For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day. ~ Irish blessing
63: Malin Head The island's northern most point.
64: When Irish eye are smiling Sure tis like a breath of spring In the lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing.
65: Dunluce Castle
68: Giant's Causeway
70: Belfast Castle and "The Peace Wall". Gates are locked every night dividing the loyalist (Protestant) and republican (Catholic) neighbourhoods.It as been there since the "troubles" in the 60's. No need for it now - you can even drive around it if you wish. It is such a symbol of division - why is it still there?
73: Dublin | May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the shine shine warm upon your face. The rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. | Wicklow Mountains | Kilkenny | Cahir | Meaness | Ardmore | Rock of Cashel | Waterford | An Rinn | Dungarven | Kinsale | Kenmare | Mizen Head | Malen Head | Killarney | Ring of Kerry | Gap Of Dunloe | Dingle | Cliffs of Moher | Doolen | Burren | Connemara | Galway | Klyemore Abbey | Poulemon Dolmen | Drumcliffe | Donegal | Derry | Westport | Inishowen | Giant's Causeway | Dunluce | Belfast | Monasterboice