S: Irish Back-Roads
BC: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing
FC: "For each petal on the shamrock this brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day."
1: Ed decided to attend the 2010 International School Psychology Association conference held at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. We arrived on Wed., July 21st and stayed in Dublin until Sat., July 24th. During our time there, we had a chance to see much of Dublin, tour the Boyne Valley, go to a pub party at Wynn's Hotel, and spend a wonderful night with Ed's former student, Nollaig Carberry, who took us to Eden Restaurant and McDade's Pub. Great city, great people!!! | On Saturday, we took the train from Dublin to Galway where we began a week-long tour of Southern Ireland. We picked Back-Roads Touring Co., because it offered a high-end, small group, tour. Ed didn't want to drive around Ireland because the roads are very narrow and they drive on the "wrong" side. It turned out to be a great decision! Back-Roads is a British company that doesn't market themselves in the US, so we were the only Americans in the group. It made for an interesting and fun time!
2: Trinity College | Dublin
3: the men's room- where you pee against the wall
5: Dublin St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, Ha'Penny Bridge over the Liffey River, the Doors of Dublin.
6: The Boyne Valley: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, the Old Mellifont Abbey, and the Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre. We THOUGHT we were going to Newgrange, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but no, we spent half a day in a bus to see the visitor centre. You could see Newgrange in the distance- very frustrating!
8: Our traveling companions were Debbie and Keith Clemens from Toronto. and a bunch of Aussies-Amamda and Alex Spanos (who were on a 6 month world tour), Val Brown and her daughte Sam Doust, and Viv Schell. Val, a sheephearder, was on her first trip out of Australia. The rest were very seasoned travelers and it was a great group. Another couple, Gerry & Kevin Warlow, from South Brisbane, started out with us but had to leave when Gerry became ill. Truthfully, Kevin seemed like he could be difficult, so that may have been for the best. Gerry was lovely however, and hopefully she recovered. Our guide and driver, Jay Cook, was excellent- entertaining, informative, and accomodating.
9: They love their Guinness in Ireland- and their Smithwick's too!
10: G A L W A Y
12: County Clare and the Burren Corcomroe Abbey- a Cistercian Monastery from the 12th Century, Caherconnell Stone Fort from 1000 AD, and the famous Poulnabrone Portal Tomb.
14: The Clliffs of Moher- top left- what it's supposed to look like, and above- what it looked like for us- totally fogged in! But we did find some horses in the fog.
15: Across the street from the Riverside Hotel, where we stayed in Killarney, was a great pub with singing one night and dancing the next. In the morning, we had a full Irish breakfast including marmite.
16: The Dingle Peninsula | Dunbeg Fort, a promontory fort from the 8th centuy
17: Beehive Huts | Beehive Huts
18: More Dingle Peninsula The Blasket Island Centre
19: Reask Monastic Site, from the 6th Century The Gallarus Oratory, was the place of worship for early Christian farmers of the area. Shaped like an upside-down boat, this 1300 year old structure ia a perfect specimen of dry rubble masonry.
20: Our hotels- Callahan's Davenport in Dublin, The Imperial in Galway, The Riverside in Kilarney, the Blarney Castle Hotel in Blarney, and the Hibernian in Kilkenny
21: Beautiful Ireland
22: Views of MacGillycuddy's Reeks from Aghadoe Heights
24: Kenmare's ancient Druidic stone circle, built during the Bronze Age. | the sacrifice of Amanda
25: Journey through the breathtaking Healey Pass on our way to Bantry Bay
26: Bantry House & Garden, a private property owned by the descendants of the Earls of Bantry, overlooking Bantry Bay
28: Blarney Castle Ed kissed the Blarney Stone. Sally would still be laying there if she had tried!
30: The pretty harbor town of Kinsale, and Enibas, a favorite jewelry store.
32: Cobh, a major emigration port and final port of call for the Titanic
34: The Rock of Cashel, overlooking the plains of Tipperary. | the bard of the Rock | the bird of the Rock
36: Kilkenny, Ireland's "most perfect medieval city"
38: Glendalough, a beautiful monastic site, founded by St. Kevin, in the 6th century
40: The Powerscourt Estate in the Wicklow Mountains
42: The only picture we could get of a thatch roofed house but not for lack of trying!