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Jan 9, 2013 - Cork and Blarney Castle

Monday, 7th. Left Galway to head down to Cork, Ireland's second largest city. Primary reason for going to Cork is to visit Blarney Castle. However, Cork itself has proved to be a destination in its own right. A very vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a large student component. Our first night was spent at a B&B, the Blarney Stone Guesthouse. We only stayed one night (check out the photos on the website). That's not to say it was a bad place to stay. The owner was very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast she provided was one of the best we...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Glandore

This morning the bad weather had passed and we had a leisurely start from Blarney and drove south through Clonakilty, intending to stay near Rosscarbery for the night and visit the Michael Collins memorial. However when we go to O’Riordan’s Camp near Rosscarbery the place was closed, and when David rang they said they had been flooded and we couldn’t stay (we were right outside and no sign of floods!). So we flagged Michael Collins and continued on to Glandore to a pleasant little campground called The Meadow Camping Park (N 51°34'5.955" W...

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Oct 17, 2012 - Cobh

After breakfast we set off to drive to Cobh. It was a 45 minute scenic drive and once we got there we had to ask directions a couple of times to find somewhere to park. We were directed not far out of town to the waterfront carpark where there was plenty of room for Homer, and then walked about 10 minutes into the town. The weather started to deteriorate as we spent an interesting hour or so at The Titanic Experience in the original White Star Line building where the last 173 passengers boarded the tenders to go out to the Titanic, which...

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Oct 16, 2012 - Blarney

This morning dawned a beautiful day, and after a cooked breakfast we set off to walk the 2½ km into Blarney and the famous Castle. It was lovely to explore at our leisure and there were not too many people here. Of course we climbed to the top were we both did the “hang upside-down over a sheer drop to kiss the stone” experience, which is said to give the gift of eloquence. Seemed to have worked its magic on David! We then walked through the beautiful Rock Close gardens, said to be the site of an ancient druidic settlement. Leaving the...

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Aug 18, 2012 - Day 7 (Friday) You stay classy, Kinsale

Kinsale is unbelievably beautiful. Geographically, Kinsale is at the southern end of Ireland, directly south of Cork. You might not have heard of Kinsale before, but you know of it. This is the Ireland of your dreams. This is the romanticized small, sleepy Irish village by the sea that has been the mainstay of every horrible romantic comedy in which some American idiot with an extremely fast-paced, busy lifestyle goes off to a small town in Ireland, and slowly is drawn in by the beautiful scenery, the slower pace of life, the friendly...

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Aug 17, 2012 - Day 6 (Thursday) - Now I understand what the f**k Bono was singing about

After we finished breakfast, we walked around Kilkenny a little more, and saw the handful of things we didn’t get to see on Wednesday, such as St. Mary’s Cathedral. Then we went into a drug store for “supplies to last us on the drive to Kinsale. Cathy and I have discovered that our new favorite soft drink is something called “club”. It’s basically citrus soda with orange pieces in it, and it comes in diet form, but only in the orange flavor. Still, it’s pretty good. I wish they had it in the states. We ended up taking a different route to...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Blarney Castle

We engaged in a different form of exercise this morning. One of our larger RVs wanted to go dump but found the left front tire sunk in the grass which quickly turned to mud after 2 days of rain. So, at 8:20 Ivan, 4 guys and I pushed from the front while Dieter rocked the RV back out of the hole. To my dismay none of the others not involved in the rescue thought to take a picture, including the wife IN the RV working on her computer while we were pushing her and her RV to safer ground! Really disappointed me as I felt this was a rather...

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Jun 22, 2012 - Kinsale

On Wednesday, we arrived for a two-night stay in Kinsale, a maritime town on the southern coast. Its vibrantly colored buildings, like others in this area, make it quite adorable. We found dinner at The Shack, a delightful eatery with locally sourced seafood and pasta dishes. I had a great prawn and chili pepper pasta in tomato sauce. We stayed in Seagull House, owned by the town matriarch, Mary O'Neill. The likely 80-year-old also owns the pub down the street, The Tap Tavern, with her son Brian, who offers the popular Ghost Tour every...

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Jun 22, 2012 - Ring of Kerry

Today was a great all-day bus tour on the 106-mile ring road around a lovely peninsula in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The peninsula is bordered by Dingle Bay on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the west and Kenmare Bay on the south. It really is beautiful with its lakes, mountains, valleys and picturesque villages all along a narrow road I was so glad I didn't have to drive. I tried my first (and last) Irish Coffee and decided it wasn't worth 5.50 euros! The sheep dog demonstration was excellent! The day started with a quick...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Ardmore and Midleton

On Wednesday, we headed southwest toward County Cork and the town of Kinsale. We stopped in Ardmore, allegedly the most swimmable beach in Ireland. Although the weather was mostly sunny, it was too cold for swimming. We stopped by a ruined church and round tower, then picked up our daily picnic lunch (yogurt, bread and fruit) at the local grocer, and went to the beach. With low tide, the sand was firm and easy for walking. After lunch, the boys played around, collecting shells, rocks and sea glass, while Scott and I walked the full length...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Cliffs of Moher; Bunratty Castle

Rain and fog as we started our day driving to see the famous Cliffs of Moher. Standing 230 meters high they stretch for 5 miles along the Atlantic Coast south of Galway Bay. There is a new ecologically-minded visitor center and small museum bermed into the hillside. Wide paved trails and steps lead to various lookout points. Quite nice but not sure worth all the hype we read about them. (Perhaps if it had not been rainy...) More rain as we drove to Bunratty Castle. [Bun = end of a river, Ratty = the river's name]. It was restored between...

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May 24, 2012 - The Green Grass of Home

We touched down in Shannon about an hour late, filed our baggage claim, and my sister was waiting patiently for us. She whisked us home to Mom's and a cup of coffee sure tasted good. I'm not going to post for the next couple of weeks; didn't even bring my camera. This is primarily a family trip for us. All the family is great; children getting much bigger, and soon the family will be expanding as my nephew's wife, Rosie, is pregnant with twins. Will post again when we get back to Oklahoma.

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