S: Ireland September 3 - 17, 2010
BC: Ireland September 3 - 17, 2010 Tracy & Penny Lisa & Rich
FC: Ireland 2010
1: Kilkenny Castle 1172 built soon after the Norman invasion of Ireland.
2: K I L K E N N E Y C A S T L E and | St. M a r y s C h u r c h
3: Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary Seat of the ancient kings of Munster (c. A.D. 300-1100), this is where St. Patrick baptized King Aengus in about A.D. 450. Legend has it that St. Patrick, intensely preoccupied with the holy ceremony, accidentally speared the foot of the king with his crosier staff while administering the baptismal sacrament. But the king stoically held his tongue until the end of the ceremony, thinking this was part of the painful process of becoming a Christian. In 1101 Murtagh O'Brien gave the Rock to the Church. The graveyard still takes permanent guests-but only those put on a waiting list by their ancestors in 1930. A handful of these chosen few are still alive. | 12th -century St Patrick's cross | Carved to celebrate the handing over of the Rock to the Church. The cross ues Latin design. The weight of the arms is supported by two vertical beams on each side of the main shaft, representing the two criminals who were crucified beside Christ. | Ruined 13th century Hore Abbey The abbey is named for the Cistercian monks who wore simple gray robes.
5: 19th Century Copper Mine
6: Cobh | Eleven West | This row of houses is known as the Deck of Cards
7: The Titanic last sailed from this port in Cobh. Cobh (pronounced "Cove" was the major port of Irish emigration in the 19th century. The first steam-powered ship to make a transalantic crossing departed from Cobh in 1838, cutting the journey from 50 days to 18. | St. Coleman's Cathedral Build in 1868 - 1915 took 47 yrs to complete. | No work was done from 1183 - 1879 due to lack of funds It has a 49 bell Carillon First mass was held in 1879
8: Jimmy, owner of b&b The San Antonio | Owen, the bartender at Ned Kelley's | KINSALE | Desmond Castle This 15th century, fortified Norman customs house has had a long & varied history. It was the Spanish armory during Spain 's 1601 occupation of Kinsale. Nicknamed "Frenchman's Prison", it served as a British prison & once housed 600 prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars (not to mention earlier American Revolutionary War prisoners captured at sea--who were treated as rebels, not prisoners, and chained to the outside of the building as a warning to any rebellion-minded Irish). In the late 1840s, it was a famine-relief center. Today, the evocative little ruin comes with a scant display of its colorful history, as well as the modest two-room Museum of Win, highlighting Ireland's little-known connection to the international wine trade. In the Middle Ages, Kinsale was renowned for its top-quality wooden casks. Developing strong trade links with Bordeaux, local merchants traded their dependable empty casks for casks full of wine. Later, Kinsale became a "designated wine port" for tax-collection purposes.
9: Glandore, County Cork | 1860
11: Dromberg StoneCircle 2,000 - 500 BC
14: Jimmy;s bar in the small town of Allihies on the Beara Peninsula | Beara Peninsula | Farmers Market Kenmare | Riney's bar in Sneem
15: Carrol's Cove | The Ring of Kerry
16: Charlie Chaplin statue in Waterville on the Ring of Kerry | Poulnabrone Dolman A portal tomb 4,000 yrs old & 10 ft tall grave chamber. This is in The Burren in County Clare | 15th Century Leamaneh Castle located in the Burren
17: Allihies, County Cork
18: Muckross House built in 1843 sits at the edge of Killarney National Park | Tarc Falls on the 35,000 acre grounds
19: Queen Victoria visited the Muckross house. It took 6 years of planning & she brought 100 attendants with her. They spent 2 years preparing the house for her short 3 night stay. Ladies view was a name given after the Queens entourage marveled at the beautiful view of lake Killarney
22: The Quiet Man A 1951 film with John Wayne & Maureen O'Hara filmed in County Connemara | The Quiet Man Bridge
23: ARAN Islands Inisheer | Ship ran aground in 1960 | Currach Boat
24: First inhabited by sixth-century Christian monks for more than 500 yrs. | Gannet
25: Skellig Michael County Kerry 700 ft tall 1 mile around
26: Dingle County Kerry
27: County Kerry
28: Loop Head Peninsula County Clare
29: Lynch's Bed & Breakfast Kilkee County Clare | Stella Maria Hotel
31: Dingle Peninsula
33: Typical Irish high crosses use a ring around the cross' head to support its arms and to symbolize the sun (making Christianity more appealing to the sun-worshiping Celts).
34: Surfers in Lahinch | O'BRIEN'S TOWER Built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien as a viewing point for tourists who flocked to the Cliffs of Moher.
35: Cliffs of Moher | The Cliffs of Moher formed 320 million years ago and is Ireland's most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the heart of up to one million visitors a year. The cliffs rise 700ft at the highest point & range for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of Co. Clare.
36: B A R S | OF | Ireland
37: Lynch's Castle is now the Allied Irish Bank, Galway's best late 15th century fortified townhouse was the home of the Lynch famly-the most powerful of the town's 14 tribes-and the only one of their mansions to survive. More than 80 Lynch mayors ruled Galway in he 16th & 17th centuries. | A Galway legend-In the 15th century, the mayor, one of the Lynch tribe, condemned his son to death for the murder of a Spaniard. When no one in town could be found to hang the popular boy, the dad-who loved justice more than he loved his son-did it himself. | 1627 | The Claddagh Ring The ring shows two hands holding a heart that wears a crown. The heart represents love, the crown is loyalty, and the hands are friendship. If the ring is worn with the tip of the heart pointing toward the wrist, it signifies hat the wearer is married or otherwise taken. If the tip points toward the fingertip, it means the wearer is available. | Galway
38: Aughnanure Castle | 16th Century tower house
39: Lynch Tomb
40: 1228 Ashford Castle in Cong County Mayo
41: Ashford Castle was purchase by Sir BenjaminLee Guinness in 1852. In 1985 a group of american investors purchased the property. Ashford has been voted not onlly one of the best hotels in Ireland, but also one of the top 50 resort properties in Europe.
42: Kylemore Abbey This Neo-Gothic country house was built by the wealthy English businessman Mitchell Henry in the 1860's after he and his wife Margaret had honeymooned in the area. Now they are both buried on the grounds. During WWI, refugee Benedictine nuns from Belgium took it over and started a boarding school which closed in June 2010. | Margaret's Mausoleum | C o n n e m a r a
48: Portmagee, Co. Kerry
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52: Late 13th C entury St. Mary's Church Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
53: Wes's great adventures in Ireland!
57: Doonbeg Golf Course On a sheltered corner of Ireland's SW coast Sheer cliffs, sun-kisssed dunes, and the endless ebb o& flow of tides frame a Greg Norman course awash in forty shades of green. Voted 2010 best European golf resort.