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Oct 4, 2016 - The Taller Cliffs

The Slieve League Cliffs are taller then the Cliffs of Moher and a lot less commercialized. An opportunity to visit these cliffs are one of the main reasons we choose this particular tour. We have a 20 minute ride to Slieve League but cannot get there, the bus is too large. We stop at a shop, pick up our local guide Paddy and switch out to two smaller buses. It takes another 10 minutes to drive up the hill. The views are beautiful, rather then being on top of the cliffs like you are at the Cliffs of Moher you are across from then so you can...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Fishing Anyone??

On the way to Slieve League Cliffs, we stop in the town of Killybegs one of the larger fishing ports in Donegal County. We stroll the commercial docks where a number of good sized vessels are moored. One boat has crewmembers out on deck working. We stop to talk and find out that they are departing for a 7-10 day trip this afternoon. The countryside here is hilly/mountainous and not suitable for agriculture. Raising sheep is the other employment opportunity and some folks switch between the two as the seasons dictate. Some of the boats are...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Donegal Town

We arrived in town and met our guide for a tour of Donegal Castle. The castle is not open for public tour on Tuesday. The director of the Office of Public Works that restored the castle in the late 90s and maintains the castle was gracious enough to conduct our tour. Built in 1474 it was the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan, Lords of Tír Conaill and one of the most powerful Gaelic families in Ireland from the 5th to the 16th centuries. It is thought that the castle sits on the site of a Viking fort destroyed in 1159. There has been no proof...

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Oct 4, 2016 - No, it is not a Hardware Store...and we have chores

We are stopping at Triona Designs for a demonstration of spinning, knitting and shopping. Beautiful hand made sweaters and coats are displayed. We are heading in to Donegal and will be staying two nights. This is the last two night stay we have on the trip so this is the chance to get some laundry done. We put clothes in a couple bags provided by the hotel and drop them off at the front desk on the way to dinner. The laundry will be back by 5:30 tomorrow evening, perfect. Chores done now back to vacation!!

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Oct 27, 2015 - Turning the Negatives Into Positives

First off, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO MY SWEET SWEET SARAH! I posted it elsewhere and told her as much as I could "in person" (skype) and on facebook, and I'll say it here too, but it still doesn't seem like enough. It will have to do for now, until I can properly celebrate with her next year and all the rest of our years. I love you so much Sarah! I'm thinking of you always and I'm so proud of your accomplishments! And yes I'm talking about being the proud owner of a dodge challenger! (Can't wait to hear that playlist, Alex) Also because...

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Oct 15, 2015 - Wow, It's Been Awhile

So, time for a little update! First off let me just get a lil somethin' out there.....BERNIESANDERS2016 Phew, okay, moving on (God love ya Bernie, but you gotta up your game with gun reform, man!). But it's okay, I still #feelthebern Isabel and I were able to take a JOINT day off together!! It was such fun catching a bus together early in the morning, right on the side of the road outside Corcreggan. We travelled to Donegal Town, which is a big city compared to what I've seen lately and therefore a nice change. We both ate an amazing goat...

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Oct 5, 2015 - Encountering Unexpected Dangers

It's too close to Halloween for this shit. So, remember Victoria? I had mentioned her in a previous post. The other helper, bipolar, from Italy, now she's gone...ring a bell? Well, I figured that would be the last time I would encounter a strange situation with a very strange person (only when she's off her meds--otherwise I've heard she is very competent and lovely). I was wrong. Yesterday, Isabel and I are folding laundry, Marina is making stew, the guests are happily milling about...and then I see this girl outside, somewhere in her...

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Oct 2, 2015 - Pride is a Sin (Count me in!)

DISCLAIMER: 'Bout to get a little political/opinionated on ya, so..tread lightly and with an open mind, eh? (<--gotta start trying to sound Canadian in case I go to France and they're as American-hating as they're said to be. "Hi, I'm Courtney from Saskatchewan, Canada....eh? Aboot?" Ok now I'm being ignorant. Moving on...) Speaking of "American-hating"... I've learned that at least one man in town thinks that America is the worst country in the entire world. I mean, Americans can be overly patriotic/boastful and we might be able to buy a...

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Sep 24, 2015 - Things I've Learned

Following is a list of things I've learned since I've been here, so far. Keep in mind I haven't been here that long and I'M JiSt a SiMpuL 'MeRicUn. But, here goes: 1. Sometimes, Russians like to stab things when they are wronged? Let me explain why I make this far-reaching generalization. There was a guest here from Ireland who had made a few attempts to stay here but without offering any sort of payment or credit card information, which we must have on file when you book over the phone. He insisted that we hold a room for 2 nights for him...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Let me break it down for you

Okay, so here's the breakdown of the story that is my current life, for those that are interested. Setting: Corcreggan Mill in Donegal Co. Dufanaughy, Ireland. Weather: The clouds spit cold rain on you for a few minutes a day, but I have actually seen the sun and then everything is beautiful, cold, and crisp. Mood: optimistic. I like to practice realism, but in my heart, I think I'm generally optimistic. Hopeful for this experience to be even a little something like I expected or wanted. Characters: - My boss, Brendan. He has an incredible...

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Sep 12, 2015 - Fries are Chips and Chips are Crisps

Anytime I leave to go anywhere, even if it's to the grocery store, my dad always says to write if I get work. Well, I'm finally here in Dunfanaghy, Ireland and I've got what some might call work (Have I made you a proud papa?). I, however, call it lucky. Lucky that I found the helpx site, am in the ideal situation to travel solo for the better part of a year, and have the ability to come meet my first host, Brendan, who is the wisest man in all the land. Of course, I haven't made it that far yet ;-) He is quite filled to the brim with...

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Jun 23, 2015 - Ireland - Rossnowlagh to Slieve League

We certainly got lucky again on Tuesday with the weather. This was to be our day to travel to County Donegal with Slieve League (Sliabh Liag in Irish) as our destination. We traveled again through Enniskillen and past Belleek where we had toured the pottery thirteen days ago and continued west until we came to Donegal Bay. We had noticed Wild Atlantic Way signs in our travels on the bus and decided to stay on the roads designated as such where possible today. Our first stop was at Rossnowlagh where Sean recalled Boy Scout camping he did on...

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