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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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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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Apr 24, 2013 - Mizen Head

I was thinking that today might be an easy day but it just didn’t happen – there’s too much to see. I started off at Mizen Head which is Ireland’s most south-westerly point because I’d read that they’d built a new bridge & Visitor Centre there. It’s back the other way to the east of Sheep’s Head & had one great advantage – I didn’t come across a single tour bus all day. It was only about an hour from here & that involved getting lost a couple of times because I couldn’t find it on my GPS. It was worth persevering though because I think this...

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Apr 23, 2013 - Ring of Kerry

I’m moving west so the next ‘finger’ at the bottom of Ireland is the Ring of Kerry or more correctly, the Iveragh peninsula but unfortunately I’m also getting into the more touristy part. My main objective was Valentia Island which is right at the bottom of the peninsula but on the way I had more spectacular coastal scenery & also a good stretch of forest which was a change as most of Ireland so far has been fairly open land. The attraction of Valentia Island was the Skellig Islands, in particular Skellig Michael which is a further 8 miles...

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Apr 22, 2013 - Beara Peninsular

Sorry this is late. There must have been a problem with the satellite last night because I couldn't get internet or TV. It's back this morning though. Today was the time for exploring the Beara peninsular which is the one to the west of Bantry Bay. The forecast for today was intermittent showers & I was driving in fog & drizzle for a while, was thinking the whole excursion would be a dead loss but it started to brighten about lunch-time & turned into a brilliant afternoon. While I was waiting (& hoping) for the weather to clear I stopped...

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Apr 21, 2013 - Bantry Bay

This morning I had to do some laundry which takes forever in these European front-loaders. Then I needed to get fuel & some groceries. They left so much food for me here I’ll never get through it all but I wanted some fresh fruit & vegies as I think I’ll make a casserole with the Irish sausages. My little Kia diesel got nearly 44 mpg which I thought was pretty good as a lot of that mileage would have been travelling at 80mph on the motorways from Leek to Holyhead, then Dublin to Cork. Diesel fuel is actually about 5 euro cents a litre...

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Apr 20, 2013 - Kinsale to Bantry Bay

This morning I went on a walking tour of Kinsale & my head is so full of interesting facts about this lovely old town that I don’t know where to start. The group was larger than I expected, mostly Americans with kids who weren’t at all interested so made a nuisance of themselves however the guide who was in his 60’s, was obviously a serious historian & could explain not only what happened but usually, why it happened. He was Irish but he mentioned he’d spent 20 years in Kansas City, Missouri which was a bit of a coincidence. Having spent...

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Apr 19, 2013 - Cobh

The reason I stayed at Kinsale for a couple of nights was because I wanted to go to Cobh, the port for Cork & an interesting place for a lot of reasons. Since I’ve been here, I’ve found that Kinsale also has much to offer so I need to spend some time here before I move on. Cobh was originally known as Cove until 1849 when Queen Victoria first stepped on Irish soil & the name was changed to Queenstown to commemorate the occasion. Then in 1920 the town reverted to its original name but in the Irish form, although Cobh in Irish is actually...

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Apr 18, 2013 - Dublin to Kinsale via Portlaoise

After a very wild night with wind & rain all night, this morning looked a bit better & I felt a lot better than I did when I arrived here. The hotel was right on the N7 so it was a straight shot to Portlaoise (which is why I chose the hotel in the first place). I’m back to Euros & Kilometres – you learn to be flexible around here. I also got a new Sim card today so if you need to contact me in an emergency my new number is +353 8521 19576. It’s still been very windy all day with periods of sunshine, then heavy rain squalls, so a bit of...

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