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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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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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