Anne & Tom Visit Ireland travel blog

The sign for the town of Ballyvourney in Gaelic

Our rental car at the Mills Inn

We stayed at the Mills Inn for one night in Ballyvourney

An entrance to the Inn

There are extensive lovely grounds at the Inn

The dining room

A "starter" of smoked salmon and fresh greens

Certified Angus beef

Anne had salmon

We strolled around the grounds after dinner. The light lasted until 10PM!

There is a small castle tower on the grounds of the Mills...

Side view of Mills Inn



The pub area is quite extensive

Out for a morning walk

The tower and surrounding landscape

The stone walls are everywhere

One of the elusive thatched roofs - albeit modern

Anne shopped in a near-by gift shop

Our destination was Ballyvourney, Cork - the village where the immigrant Murray came from in about 1861 with his wife and family. Anne's ancestors on her father's side are Murrray, Murphy, Toomey (Twomey) and so on, all from this area, and her mother's paternal immigrant ancestor, Edward Lynch also was from Cork. These people were the generation that were children during the potato famine, and probably had not much to look forward to in terms of land (all owned by the English landlords at the time with "tenancy-at-will". meaning that you could be evicted for any whim on the landlord's part). The village is in the part of ireland referred to today as the Gaeltech - where people speak Irish (Gaelic) as their first language. Everyone speaks English too, but Ireland is officially bilingual, and Gaelic is compulsory in school.

There is a wonderful bed and breakfast there, The Mills Inn, where we spent our first night, and had a great dinner and breakfast in their dining room. The weather is infinitely changeable from one minute to the next, so it was raining as we walked around the village (very small), and cool - in the 60's - and quite humid. This was the weather we had for the entire time in Ireland, except in Dublin where it was mostly sunny and warmer.

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