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Aug 23, 2015 - Off to Kinsale

August 23-Off to Kinsale We didn’t make it out of Dublin right away. First we stopped at the Glasnevin Cemetery. Here we had another tour guide take us through Irish history. We started at the tomb of Daniel O’Connell. O’Connell was an Irish Catholic, educated in France as a lawyer (Catholics were not allowed to attend University in Ireland), later elected to Parliament to represent an Ireland community. In the English Parliament he successfully argued for restoring rights to the Irish that had been denied them under the Irish penal laws....

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May 25, 2015 - Old Head of Kinsale golf links and Blarney

Well our golf day has finally arrived. The sun was shining, the temperature a Balmy 65. In Ireland they call that a warm and humid day. How could we ask for more. Old Head golf links was magnificent. Vistas in every direction breathtaking. Course covered in a lush green carpet and greens like velvet. Playing golf there was a privilege and a joyous event. To heck with your score card, just soak it all in and enjoy. A Must for every golfers bucket list. Walked through the lovely Kinsale Harbor. Had another delicious meal. Man Fridays...

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May 22, 2015 - Winding Down

We're winding down our time here in Ireland. It was a strange vacation for us. My uncle's funeral and all the challenges to get him to Ireland, the bad weather, and my headcold were fortunately outweighed by the wonderful communion day for Keira, our travels to Mizen Head with Mechall & Chris, our trip to Wicklow & Wexford with Timmy & Esther, and, of course, all the great family time. Martina & Paul invited us for dinner tonight and they put on a delicious spread as usual. We stayed way too late but this is last opportunity to see them...

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May 17, 2015 - Mizen Head

Mechall collected us and we picked Chris up for our journey to Mizen Head. We stopped for lunch at the Viaduct Inn where they put on a great buffet with lots of choices of really good food. Even though the weather was really cold and we debated on whether we should continue, we ventured on and reached Schull & Goleen. Schull was the site of a terrible murder many years ago and we checked out the location of the holiday house on the side of the cliff where the crime took place. Then, we continued on to Mizen Head, Ireland's most...

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May 6, 2015 - The green grass of home

We touched down right on time at Shannon Airport, retrieved our bags, and my sister and brother-in-law were waiting to whisk us home. A good strong cup of coffee and a couple of hours of sleep and we were good to go. It was unseasonably cold and forecast was not great but we will make the best of it. My uncle's remains are scheduled to arrive Friday so, unfortunately, we will miss the funeral on Saturday because we'll be attending my grand-niece's First Holy Communion.

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Oct 7, 2014 - Last day in Ireland

7 oct. Last day in Ireland Highlights - a walk around Carrigaline in the morning. Another beautiful day of blue skies and crisp mornings - a leisurely breakfast with Anne who again took a day of leave to be with me - tracked down a new suitcase to consolidate my luggage and resolve a little baggage problem that I have with flying internally in Europe. - visited Blarney Castle and it's extensive and very pretty grounds - eventually tracked down the horses graves at Blarney castle. (My idea, not Anne's. - it wasn't even worth a photo ) -...

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Oct 6, 2014 - Swap Cork for Kinsale

Mon 6th oct Planned to go to Cork city and do various self guided walks. But awoke to a glorious day and scrapped my walking plans and rode to Kinsale instead. As Anne's bike had a flat tyre jerry suggested I take his bike. Highlights - the lovely country road for cycling. Lined with hedge rows - gorgeous green fields with fields divided by hedges - the very courteous drivers who I encountered throughout the ride - the cute fishing town of Kinsale - the Poets Corner Cafe in Kinsale with gluten free lemon drizzle cake and LAMINGTONS (that...

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Oct 5, 2014 - A walk in the woods

Sun 5th Oct A walk in the woods before returning to Cork Highlights - stormy weather so instead of a more exposed longer walk we went thru the woods and around a lake - lunch at the weekend home before returning to Cork - yummy dinner (cooked by Anne) at home with the family

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Oct 2, 2014 - Started the day with a run 𯘄

What a lovely day with Anne, who took the day off work for me! Highlights - run with Anne along an old railway line made into a walking/cycling path (rail trail). I did 3.9 miles. Very happy considering I haven't run since early June!! - catchup with Maurice Spillane for lunch with Anne. I haven't seen him for more than 10yrs. Great to chat again re old times - browse in Cork's famous English markets. Even found some gluten free soda bread. Yeh!!! - walk around the coastline with Anne as guide (I'm so spoilt with her taking time off work...

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Oct 1, 2014 - In Ireland again after 10 years

1st October Left Switzerland early to fly to Cork Highlights - yummy gluten free food found at a food outlet in Heathrow terminal 2. Amazing! - seeing Anne, Jerry and family again after at least 10 years - stopping at a nursery cafe for tea and a chat (and GF brownie) on way home from Cork airport with Anne - gear to be back in Ireland where everyone is so natural and down to earth. I love the Irish!

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Sep 28, 2014 - Tour

Today we travelled to Kinsale and to Cobh (Cove). Kinsale is a cute little town with some historic significance to Ireland although don't ask me to repeat it. Suffice it to say it is an old important port for the English in Ireland. Cobh is not as old as Kinsale and developed as a port when Kinsale's river began to silt in. Cobh is the last Port that Titanic called upon before she left for New York. It was a town where all the large ships in the 1800s and early 1900s anchored for final provisions before the cross Atlantic Journey. It is...

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Casey Iceland and UK

Sep 19, 2014 - Cork, County Cork, Ireland

Cork is a large city and the capital of Cork County and is a hustle, bustle city. We used it as base from which to visit Blarney Castle, Jameson Whiskey Distillery, and the lovely seaside town of Kinsale. HAYFIELD MANOR We were fortunate to stay at Hayfield Manor located in the center of Cork, another of the many family owned and operated manor homes that we stayed in during our one month trip to Ireland. Photos 1-14 One of the family members, the charming Ettienne van Vrede, is the General Manager, who was very welcoming and made our stay...

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