S: Ireland Vacation 2008
FC: Ireland Vacation 2008
1: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go."
3: Trip Itinerary August 27/28 - Depart Canada and arrive in Dublin, Ireland August 29 - Take train to Cork August 29/30 - Youghal, County Cork August 31 - Hazel Fort Farm September 1 - Dingle Peninsula September 2 - Killarney and Hazel Fort Farm September 3 - Paddywagon Tour of Adare, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher and The Burren September 4 - Skelligs Island September 5 - Adare and Hazel Fort Farm September 6 - Blarney Castle and Lismore September 7 - Hazel Fort Farm September 8 - Gap of Dunloe September 9/10- Ring of Kerry September 11 - Killarney September 12 - Depart Ireland
4: Dublin | We arrived in Dublin on the morning of August 28th. After exploring the cobblestones of Grafton Street, we ate at Ireland's oldest pub - The Brazen Head (800 yrs old), and toured the bright pubs of Temple Bar.
5: Youghal | A colourful seaside village. We stayed at the Roseville B&B and had a true Irish breakfast the next morning. In the early morning, Travis could be found fishing for mackeral at the pier.
6: Hazel Fort Farm Our Home Away From Home An old stone farmhouse with a red door, Hazel Fort became our home. Ballymalis Castle is a short walk away and the River Laune flows behind the farm with the MacGillicuddy's reeks in the background. With such breathtaking scenery, who would ever want to leave?
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8: The Dingle Peninsula | Dunbeg Fort, circa 500 BC | Beehive Huts circa 2000 BC | Ventry Beach
9: The lush green fields of Ireland
10: The Cliffs of Moher and The Burren
11: Our tour of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren - the views were spectacular!
12: A Boat Trip to Skellig Michael After a long boat ride, we arrived to Skelligs Island - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Skelligs is a steep rocky island in the Atlantic Ocean. On top of this 230 metre island is a 6th Century Monastery.
14: Adare - a quaint village of thatched houses and beautiful flowers
17: Windows and Doors
18: Kissing the Blarney Stone
19: 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 | Lismore and River Bride
20: The Gap of Dunloe: by Horse, | 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.
21: Jaunty Car, and Boat
22: Torq Waterfall in Killarney National Park | Kenmare Stone Circle | The Ring of Kerry | Sneem, Ireland
23: Cahergall Stone Fort | Ballycarberry Castle | Ladies' View
24: Views from the Farm
25: Sharon, who did not have any Luck of the Irish | Fishing the River Laune | At the River | The Macgillycuddy's Reeks
26: Ireland - It will always be our second home.