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Oct 29, 2013 - Cobh is pronounced Cove

Today we came through County Cork down to Cork City. This is a much more industrial part of Ireland so it is not as "quaint" but then again this is where the real people are. At Blarney Castle I saw an old limestone kiln. Just a round hole in the side of a knoll, dimensions of about 6' in diameter and 20' deep, with a 2' x 2' opening at the base for the burnt lime to come out. No great industrial technology in that (perhaps there was in the way it was stacked?). Nevertheless, it must have been for this very technology that Burns and Philp...

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Oct 29, 2013 - I kissed the stone!

Just like Guinness deserved its own entry, so does Blarney. Home of the MacCarthy's, the Blarney Stone was a gift from King Bruce of Scotland. Reputed to have special powers, legend has it that it languished in the McCarthy household, until Cormac brought life back to a drowned damsel (witch?) by mouth to mouth - the kiss! Now Cormac had a golden tongue and kept between Irish warlords and the English by his capacity to "gild the lily", which apparently was referred to by Queen Elizabeth I as Blarney. That's one interpretation of the...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Cobh, Cork Harbor Town

Cobh, pronounced 'Cove' is a picturesque seaside town in Cork. Steeped in history, Cobh was known as Queenstown for about 70 years from 1850 to 1920. I believe it got that name to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria. Queenstown was the departure point for many of the Irish people who immigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. This was also the final port of call for the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic as she set out across the Atlantic. There are lots of venues to tell those heritage stories and we've been to many of them...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Towns beside the Sea

Woke up to partly cloudy day with a light breeze. Last night the stars were so clear and bright, just lights from a few houses and the lighthouse on old head blinking. Great breakfast in the bar/restaurant area. Buffet of breads and cereals set up, could also get porridege or a hot breakfast cooked to order. Usually we will have cereal or porridge and/or scrambled eggs and bacon, I like the broiled tomatoes. Skip the black and white sausage. Mary told us of a place we could do laundry in town. Not self-service, just drop off. Don and...

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Sep 6, 2013 - Back in Old Ireland

I couldn't have custom ordered better flights. When United is on the mark, they nail it...on time all the way and we touched down at Shannon Airport 15 minutes early, thanks to a nice tail wind. My sister and husband were there to greet me. They have changed the Arrivals Pick-up rules in Shannon. Previously, you could drive right up to the door and the arriving passenger could just about fall into the awaiting car outside the door; but security has tightened up and now all cars for arrivals must park in the short-term car park. It's not too...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Baltimore - Cobh

We started today with a lovely breakfast (as usual) and then headed to the hills of Baltimore to admire the spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean and we weren't disappointed. It was a crystal clear day and the view was amazing. We then left this quaint place and drove to skibereen where Pauline tried to delve into her family history. However not much luck here. There was a lady who would have looked up some documents however wanted a fee and was busy at the time. After leaving skibereen we went to Kinsale (on the recommendation of the...

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Borg-Malone Journey

Sep 2, 2013 - Killarney to Baltimore

We have left Killarney after a nice breakfast, and the car is packed by yours truly. (I will enter weight lifting competitions after this trip ) We opted for the Ring of Kerry route and were able to see part of Dingle Bay which is also another drive we could have done . Time was against us so we could not do both. We left the county of Kerry and drove into the county of Clare which showed to us a very scenic part of Ireland in which guided us to a place called Baltimore ( apart from an island off Baltimore this is the most southern part of...

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Borg-Malone Journey

Aug 7, 2013 - August 7 Kinsale

Here is a little about Ireland I have learned: There are 32 counties. 6 are in Northern Ireland. 26 are in the Republic of Ireland. There are 4 provinces. Northern Ireland is Ulster East is Leinster South is Munster West is Connacht The north has 1 and 1/2 million people. 4 and 1/2 are in the Republic. 1 million are ethnic British. The president upholds the constitution. The Prime Minister is the most powerful and is elected to office every 4 years. The flag: green= Catholics, Orange= Protestants, and White represents peace between the...

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Ireland 2013

May 19, 2013 - Newsflash – “The Emerald Isle sinks into the Atlantic”

This week we have hiked to the top of an improbably named mountain, visited the last departure point of the Titanic, rambled through castles too numerous to mention, planted a kiss on the Blarney Stone and once again drunk beer(s) with the locals. We started the week in County Wexford in the “Sunny” South East and have ended in the famous village of Blarney, County Cork. Our intent to hike 3-4 times per week has been somewhat dampened by both of us being less than 100% healthy, but we have still completed a coastal walk and a hike to 3,000...

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The Emerald Isle

May 6, 2013 - visiting the leprechauns

Cobh (pronounced Cove in Gaelic) is the port for Cork, the third largest city in Ireland. The port lies in a huge, protected bay and is the second largest deepwater port in the world after Sydney, Australia. It was the departure site for many ships whose names have gone down in history - the Titanic being the best known. The Lusitania also left from here along with zillions of starving Irish fleeing the potato famine years. Prison ships left here for Australia, taking many of England’s poor thieves to a better life if they lived through the...

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Apr 26, 2013 - Glengarriff

It was a brilliantly sunny morning when I got up but by the time I’d had my breakfast & was ready to go, it was pouring with rain. It’s been like that all day – about ½ an hour of sunshine then ½ an hour of heavy rain with nothing much else in between. I’ve been doing a lot of driving & have a long drive ahead of me tomorrow so I had planned to spend today in the local area, starting off at the Garinish Island gardens which are only about 3 km down the road. It’s just a short 5 minute ferry ride from Glengarriff & on the way we saw lots of...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

Apr 25, 2013 - Killarney

Today I thought I’d be going back to the land of the tour buses because I wanted to see some places around Killarney which I considered would be on their main route but I was pleased to discover I was wrong – there weren’t any around, not even at Ross Castle. I had to cover country I’ve already been over a couple of times to Kenmare then it was new territory for the next 40 km into Killarney, most of it through the Killarney National Park which I think is the biggest & oldest in Ireland. Of course, I always stop at any lookouts I come...

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Shirley's 2013 Trip

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