Anne & Tom Visit Ireland travel blog

Today's Plan

John's Peat Field. Peat is formed in bogs over thousands of years...

John is our driver and owner of this peat field. He heats...

John taught us how to cut peat

The job was quite easy. The tool cut right into the hard...

A proud peat harvester

Now it's Tom's turn

He dropped a few cuts down below. This one came up OK.

The peat is stacked to dry

Returning from the peat field

Our next stop the town of Sneem

They paint the buildings in bright colors

There are both Protestant and Catholic churches

Anne & Tom by the statue of the famous boxer, Steve Casey...

Another church

Modern burger food

The river divides the town

Temptation

The garden at the north end of the town

Walking on the trail

Lunch at the pub

The bar in the pub

Blind Piper

Ogham

The Ogham inscription is a series of lines

Derrynane Beach

To the beach and dunes

It was foggy and rainy

A rainy day

A crazy swimmer. We saw two in the water.

Daniel O'Connell's home. He is a hero of the long struggle for...

The chapel in his home

The chariot that Daniel rode into Dublin in triumph

The entire group at dinner

Bruce makes a speech congratulating Susan on the publication of her book...

Susan was surprised and delighted that we had remembered

Another rich dessert


After breakfast, we were taken to John's (the driver) own farm and peat field, where we all took a turn a cutting peat - really quite easy and lighter than we thought it would be. The small and picturesque village of Sneem was our next stop, and after Sneem, we continued on to see a standing stone that had "Ogham" writing on it (pronounced "ohm"), early writing from around Roman times, and derived from Roman numerals - horizontal and vertical lines. From there we continued on for our next hike, on the Old Kerry Way, similar to the previous walks, only it rained considerably was and was quite steep and slippery. We finally emerged in a village near a pub where we had lunch. After lunch we were driven (some walked) to Derrynane, to see the home of "The Liberator", Daniel O'Connell. He was born in 1797, adopted by a well-off uncle (one of the few Catholics who owned property), who adopted him and his brother and smuggled them to France for higher education. The violence of the French Revolution repelled O'Connor, who became an Irish leader in the struggle for independence using political rather than violent means. He was responsible for Catholic Emancipation, and died in about 1847. Here, we first walked through the dunes to Derrynane Beach, and walked the length of the beach, where a few brave souls were swimming, and then to the house for a tour. It was on to Waterville after that, where we enjoyed another great dinner at our hotel.

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