S: Our Trip to Ireland November 2010
BC: Ireland is Grand
FC: November 2010 | Ireland | the Emerald Isle
1: We landed at the Dublin airport shortly before 6:00 in the morning. We picked up our rental car at Dan Dooley's and headed out to find our villa in Killenard. It was quite scary heading out of Dublin before dark, especially since this was Mark's first attempt at driving on the "wrong" side of the road. We had a close encounter at the first roundabout, but we made it onto the M7, Ireland's highway system. | Day 1
3: Our first Irish sightseeing adventure! We stumbled upon Emo Court as we were driving around until our villa was ready. It was amazing to see the beautiful fall leaves AND the luscious green grass in the fields! We didn't feel too pretty, but the countryside was gorgeous!
5: Our beautiful villa at the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in the quaint village of Killenard, County Laos /Lish/. We had a grand time in our luxurious villa! We were SO happy to get into our Irish home early as we had arrived in Ireland in the wee hours of the mornin'. We had our first real Irish breakfast in the neighboring village of Port Laos at a little convenience store/restaurant recommended by the hotel desk clerk.
6: Can you believe . . . | Our first Irish rain | Afternoon of Day 1 | It got SO dark SO fast | Clanmacnoise in County Meath
7: The Whisper Wall | Our first scary ride home | it's only 3:00 p.m.? | Where the Pope stood
8: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing. | Day 2 - Newgrange
9: How incredible!
11: 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 | These tombs were comparable in age to the pyramids , , ,
12: Yes, these two are WAY OUT!
13: The Cooley Clan | Posing in the cool chair | Liz & the Sheep | Crossing the bridge to the bus
14: Day 2 - Hill of Slane
15: If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying
17: . . . where we simultaneously blew out the front and back tires on the passenger side - the left side of the car in Ireland! The three ladies were left standing along the side of the road while the farmer took Mark to buy a new tire. | Dinner at Our First Pub Before . . . The Great Tire Adventure | Now we're smiling! A tire shop was open in a neighboring village and we purchased a second tire!
19: This is where we met the Lady Clare and woke her from a deep sleep, in order to tour her castle and pay her five euros each! | Day 3 - Our First Castle
20: It may appear that I was sleepwalking down the stairs, but Mark is the one who actually missed a step while taking this picture.
21: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing
22: May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing | Day 3 - Ballaghmore Castle & Bunratty Castle
23: 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
24: OF | LUCK | THE | IRISH | Day 3 Bunratty Castle & Village
25: 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
26: Day 3 - The Cliffs of Mohrer
28: Day 4 - Kilkenny Castle
30: May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. ~Irish Blessing
31: St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook | Day 4 Kilkenny Castle
32: Day 4 was our least stressful driving day because we stayed on the M-highways rather than following the GPS!
36: Day 5 - Dublin's Trinity College & the Book of Kells
38: Dublin Castle
39: Of the two castles with the Georgian-style decor, Kilkenny & Dublin, we were only allowed to take pictures in the Dublin Castle AND we took lots of pictures! It was very ornate and we learned they still use the castle for government functions. We also went below ground to see the original steps leading up to the castle and the outer wall of the city before the river was re-routed.
40: Dublin Castle
41: If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying
42: Day 6 - Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral plus Lunch at Doyle's
44: Day 6 Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral
46: The Cathedral was more ornate than anything we'd ever seen before. We did the audio tour and spent several hours going through the sanctuary, all the little alcoves and the crypt below. The architecture and workmanship were astounding!
48: Patching Ceremony with CMA Ireland & Our Most Memorable Train Ride | Day 6
49: We took the train into Dublin both days and our last dinner in the city was at the Hard Rock Cafe. After the CMA meeting, we took the train to Port Laos and that's where we rode with some loud Irish ladies! | - Dublin