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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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Sep 19, 2014 - Glengarriff, County Cork, Ireland

On our way to Cork, our next destination, we stopped in the quaint town of Glengarriff to take a boat ride on Glengarriff Harbour. Photos 1-5 Glengarrif’s claim to fame is that Maureen O’Hara, who was a famous actress in Hollywood, especially known for the many movies she made with John Wayne, now lives in her native land along the banks of Glengarriff Harbour. Photo 6 It is also known for Garinish Island that is a stop off on the boat ride. Garinish Island has a beautiful Italianate Garden with exotic plants. There is an entrance...

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Ireland 2014

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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Ireland 2014

Sep 2, 2014 - Day 14 - Cobh and Cork

Had a great night's sleep...I managed to sleep until about 5.30...whoo hoo. The bed is comfy and it was lovely to wake in these peaceful surroundings. We are off to Cobh today (pronounced Cove and formerly Queenstown - name changed for obvious reasons) The last port visited by the Titanic. tom told us the Titanic Experience was worth visiting. I had some cereal and picked a few apples off the tree before we headed off. Forgot to mention we were talking to our host this morning about her home and its location so close to the river. She said...

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Sep 1, 2014 - Day 13 - Waterford to Kinsale

Time to move on from Tom and his wonderful hospitality. We've had a lovely time here and felt very much at home. We set off about 8.45am (hey lads, that's very early, says Tom) and were caught up in the morning rush hour traffic into Waterford. Fortunately it didn't last too long and we turned off towards Cork. Our next accommodation is in Kinsale, a little fishing village outside of Cork so we intend to base ourselves there and spend a couple of days exploring the area. We didn't worry about setting Miss GPS as the road was well signed....

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Aug 25, 2014 - Cobh & Spike Island

We have been wanting to take the boat from Cobh to Spike Island and today we headed off with that goal in mind. The weather was pretty iffy but we decided to take a chance. As it turned out, the day turned out OK. We met in Cobh with my brother and his friend, Chris. We walked about town for a while, hiked up the hill to see the beautiful St. Colman's Cathedral, and had lunch. Then, it was time to catch the ferry to Spike island. Spike is a small island of 104 acres in Cork Harbor, which is the second largest natural harbor in the world....

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Aug 23, 2014 - Family BBQ

Esther loves to cook and she planned a BBQ for the whole family. The weather was beautiful; Ireland has been blessed with a fabulous summer. So, even though wiped out after the wedding, we headed off to the store and got all the ingredients for the BBQ. Katherine & Ciaran, Martina, Paul & the kids all arrived. Joe & Timmie worked on child-proofing the yard and Tadhg set up a tent so the kids could have a place to play. Ciaran & Paul tended the grill while we got everything else ready. Food was delicious and everyone walked away with full...

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Aug 21, 2014 - Kinsale

The weather has been really beautiful so we decided to take a ride to Kinsale. This is a picturesque seaside, fishing village not too far from Cork. My niece got married there this past Christmas but it was too cold then to do any exploring in the little town. We started off on a leisurely walk through the narrow streets and our first stop brought us to St. Multose Church, the oldest church in Kinsale dating back to 1190. Even though it is an active church, unfortunately, it was locked up tighter than a drum so we couldn't see the...

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