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Aug 18, 2014 - Fota Wildlife Park

Today, we took the children on an outing to Fota Wildlife Park. This is an amazing place, loaded with animals and miles of walking paths. Martina packed a picnic lunch and Esther packed lunch for us. It was a beautiful day and we so enjoyed it. We were exhausted at the end of the day. The kids truly enjoyed all the animals and the playgrounds for children. Esther treated everyone to McDonald's for dinner.......what a wonderful family day out.

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Aug 16, 2014 - Cork Fitzgerald Park

The weather has been beautiful here in Ireland and Saturday dawned bright and warm again. We decided to take a ride to Cork and Fitzgerald Park. This is a lovely oasis only minutes from Cork city. Activities abound for all ages; swings and slides entertain the younger set, while lovely walking paths, flower gardens, fountains, sculptures, and a museum await the older generation. This is a pretty setting on the river Lee and a nice place for wedding photos. There was a wedding party there today, only downside, parking was challenging...

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Aug 15, 2014 - Where the River Shannon Flows

After an uneventful flight, we touched down at Shannon Airport right on time, and an added bonus, our bags were first off the belt......yeah United. My sister and her husband were waiting for us. This was a bitter/sweet return, first time back since Mom passed away in May. Normally, my sister would whisk us straight to Mom's and we'd have a cup of coffee and a great chat. But, not to be! and Mom would kick my butt if she thought I got maudlin about that so I didn't. Instead, we headed for my sisters and enjoyed that cup of coffee and tipped...

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Jun 30, 2014 - Ireland! Cobh/Cork Today

Today we were on a just-about-all-day tour with eCoach. Our driver and tour guide, Kevin, was very informative, knowledgeable, and shared this lovely part of Ireland with us. We started out on time this morning in Cobh and our first stop was Blarney Castle. We drove first through the town of Cork and parked near the Irish Woolen Mills in Blarney where we shopped after the walk around Blarney Castle. Decided not to kiss the stone since we already have the gift... Next stop was one of the remaining star-shaped forts, Charlesfort, in Europe...

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Jun 13, 2014 - Ireland Day 13 - Irish Emigration

Do you know the difference between emigration and immigration? I hadn't thought about it before. Emigration is to leave one's home and immigration is to enter a new one. Today's touring was all about emigration. This morning our bus took us to the coastal town of Cobh (pronounced Cove), a town that played a major role in the Irish historical events of the famine and emigration. Between the mid 19th and 20th centuries, over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland - 2.5 million of them leaving from Cobh which was then known as...

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Living Our Dream

Jun 12, 2014 - Ireland Day 12 - Castle Day

Since we didn't have any scheduled activities until 11 a.m., a group of us decided to take advantage of the free time to see Ross Castle in Killarney National Park. To get there we took what is called a jaunting cart pulled by a horse. It was a beautiful morning for a ride through the park to visit the 15th century tower house on Lough Leane. The fortress was the last stronghold in the area to hold out against Cromwell's invasion, but it was eventually taken in 1652. When we got back to the hotel, we boarded the bus for the drive to our...

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Living Our Dream

May 17, 2014 - Separate Homes

Joe got home safely and first job on his agenda was to collect Foxy from doggy jail. She was delighted to see him and none the worse for her time there. Everything was safe with the coach and car and Joe will be able to visit with our friends, Rich & Karen, who are here for a few days. I arrived in London early and did my best to convince Aer Lingus to let me get on an earlier flight to Ireland....all to no avail. They wouldn't let me change flights because I had a checked bag and I had to 'fly with my bag'. So, I waited and paced, and...

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May 17, 2014 - May 17, 2014 Kissin' the Blarney and drive to Waterford

May 17,2014 Kissin' the Blarney and drive to Waterford Once again, 3 days in a row, the day dawned bright and clear. The weather forecast said overcast with showers but all day it was very nice, mostly sunny, and warm. It was great. We took off driving toward Waterford in County Cork. We stopped in Blarney to visit the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone, when kissed, is said to bestow the gift of Blarney or eloquence to the person who kisses it. Blarney is also know as bull**** for the uninitiated. An example:...

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Apr 27, 2014 - My first days in Ireland.....Cork

When leaving France, the ferry was broken so we had to spend a night on the ship and then go on a different ship with another company. I met some folks and had a interesting time. It was difficult but good things happened and I am still smiling. Upon getting to Ireland, it looked exactly how you expect it will. I have been in Cork for a couple of days and will stay until Tuesday but I may head out to other parts of Ireland. there is a lot to see and I have heard from others that Galway is a must see. I feel like so many things have...

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Dec 27, 2013 - Katherine's Wedding Day

The big day is here and we had excitement in more ways than one. Ireland has experienced the worst storms in 15 years and we woke up to no electricity. High winds had knocked power lines and knocked out broadband service in the region. Luckily, however, there was no damage in our area. We improvised for breakfast; Mom has an old propane stove and we were able to boil water and clean up after a fashion. My brother collected us on time and we picked Chris up and headed to Kinsale for the wedding. The celebration took place at The Carlton...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Dec 20, 2013 - The Green, Green Grass of Home

Our overnight flight from Newark to Shannon was uneventful until we hit some heavy air turbulence about 200 miles out from Ireland. Luckily, nothing serious other than the seat belt signs went on early and breakfast service was suspended for the duration. We arrived into Shannon right on time and Esther and Timmie were waiting for us. It was great to see all the family, friends, and neighbors again. Our next several days will be spent visiting, shopping, eating out, finishing Christmas shopping and wrapping Christmas presents and preparing...

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A Wedding & A Cruise

Nov 8, 2013 - So many more cousins

There were Dineens, Fitzgeralds, a Kiely and of course a McCahill. The one thing we all had in common is that we were all descended from my great great grandfather Patrick Breen. Kudos to Dermot and Breeda Dineen for organising this little shindig. They invited a lot more cousins but they were all too busy, but at least that gave me a chance to have a good chat to every person who was there. Everyone had an interesting story to share. I love people's stories and I guess if I had just met these people as a stranger we would never have got...

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