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Oct 20, 2014 - It's the 10 day in Ireland

We visited Glencomlcille today, about an hour out of Killybeggs. It was quiet, about 800 people when everyone was in town! But they have discovered a niche for themselves providing cultural semester visits for colleges including our own Evergreen State College. There's church with a passage way for the Fathers to go underground when they were being invaded. We also saw a couple of the carved stones that marked the Christian pilgrimage walks, they were cool. The countryside was just what you expect when you think of Ireland and Donegal Bay...

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Oct 20, 2014 - On to County Donegal

Day 9 Sligo and W.B. Yeats Grave, Markievicz statue I can't believe I've lived inIreland for 9 days already! Today we make our way to County Donegal, our first stop is at Knock Shrine, in the town of Knock, County Mayo. There is a complex of several churches at the shrine which was established as a basilica by the Pope in 1979. The shrine is on the site where on an August evening in 1879, a group of 15 people of all ages, witnessed an apparition of two saints and an alter with a cross and a lamb. Two commissions of inquiry were held, the...

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Edie's travels

Sep 14, 2014 - Day 26 - Sligo to Fintown (well Fintown was somewhere close by)

Woke early this morning...about 4.30. Read for a while, wrote. Few emails and then went back to sleep until about 7.30. Called the Trudgies after breakfast and had a quick chat. Everyone sounds well and in good spirits. Tried FaceTime with the Giles and Moseys without success. Our hosts last night, Peter and Mary were very nice. They are a retired couple who let a couple of their rooms. The house is lovely and we were very comfortable. We are heading to Donegal today by a fairly circuitous route. The grave of W B Yeats in Drumcliffe then on...

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Jul 15, 2014 - Letterkenny, County Donegal 15th to 17th July

15 July, 2014 Tony dropped us off at Dublin airport in the morning, this time to pick up our hire car, not to get on a plane. However it appeared, us and two hundred other people decided to pick up a hire car from the same supplier, they certainly had the best deal in town. Computer malfunction, coupled with somebody's credit card being rejected and a continuous influx of passengers arriving off flights to collect their cars, led to the longest wait, close to two hours before we finally were able to pick up our car and set off for...

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Nov 1, 2013 - Glenveagh National Park and Castle

The beauty of this place should speak for itself but here are a few notes... This is not a traditional castle. It was built by John Adair in mid 19th Century. He bought the land and then kicked all the tenant farmers out in the cold (literally). Thereafter he was known as the biggest bastard of Donegal. The water is called Lough Veagh. I didn't do much exploring because it was too bloody cold!

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Aug 10, 2013 - A quick tour of the west and north of Ireland.

After a very restful and relaxing few days in Castlebridge, the plan was to spend some time exploring the west and north of Ireland. In all our previous visits to Ireland we had only experienced the south west, i.e. the Cork and Kerry regions. This time we had decided to see some of the west and north of the country. We headed off after breakfast and made for Limerick. From there we made for the Cliffs of Moher. Most impressive and a real tourist draw, there were people everywhere. Next we headed to the Burren in Co Clare. Along the way, we...

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Jun 10, 2013 - A Poet, a Saint and a Chieftain……

This week we have hiked in the Connemara National Park, climbed the sacred mountain of Croagh Patrick, where St. Patrick fasted on the summit for 40 days (his “bed” of rocks is on the top), and drunk beer and listened to music in the Matt Molloy pub in Westport named after the founder, Matt Molloy of the Chieftains. We have toured W.B. Yeats country in County Sligo and visited his grave in Drumcliff churchyard at the foot of the splendid mountain Ben Bulben; we have taken many scenic coastal drives and ended the week in the small and...

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The Emerald Isle

Sep 11, 2012 - The sun shows up again.

Continued up the coast. Lots of nice shoreline and lots and lots of sheep. Stopped off to check out the Baleek Irish pottery factory. Mary picked up a couple of classic pieces. Made it on to the Ardnamara Guest House. A bit of a challenge to find as these folks don't seem to be keen on using addresses and they seem to be pretty flexible with the names. Drove around the peninsula and explored the cliffs at Sleive League. Great hike and outstanding views with cliffs rising 1000 feet from the sea. Much more impressive than the more popularized...

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Apr 19, 2012 - 1st day in the Emerald Isle

The day actually started more than 24 hrs ago when I decided that I should replace my passport at 11am on Wednesday when I had to fly out at 8:30pm. I won't go into all the frantic details because I'm sitting in Ireland right now so it worked and all is well. Landed 30minutes early in Dublin so I was early to pick up the rental car and had to wait a little while to check in. Decided to get the insurance and GPS. I'm so glad I did or I would still be Dublin trying to get out of the city or somewhere in the middle of the country asking...

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Sep 19, 2011 - Donegal

Out on the wild west coast the smaller villages are a nice change of pace and the climate so similar to home. From Westport going north we were through some remarkable landscapes that were quite like the mesas and buttes in Wyoming except of course being covered in green. We passed between two of these stunning monoliths just south of Sligo and the sweep of Sligo Bay. Our destiny today is dear old Donegal. Our quest today is to find a laundromat! Our last washing was in Holyhead, Wales and none of the hotels in Ireland have guest laundry,...

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2011 UK and Ireland

Aug 24, 2011 - Slieve League, Ireland

Today we drove past Sligo Town and along the coast of Donegal Bay to see the cliffs near Slieve League. Slieve League, sometimes Slieve Leag or Slieve Liag, is a mountain on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal. it is 1,972 ft, high and has Ireland's highest sea cliffs. We walked up to see the cliffs and take some photos, lucky to arrive when the sun was out. As is typical here, soon after we arrived at the cliffs, the rain clouds moved in and we had a nice walk back to the car in the rain. It added to our adventure for the day! We then...

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Aug 19, 2011 - 1 Woche in Irland - 1 week in Ireland

Nach ueber 9 Jahren, in welchen wir es nicht in unsere ehemalige kurzzeitige "Wahlheimat" Irland geschafft hatten, bauten wir die Insel im Atlantik nun als vorletzten Zwischenstop auf unserer Weltreise ein. Es besuchten uns ebenfalls Patrizias Mutter und Tante, mit welchen wir eine Woche lang den Nordwesten dieser schroffen, gruenen Schoenheit per Mietauto erkundeten. Ab Galway gings zumeist der Kueste entlang bis in die Provinz Donegal, vorbei an Farmen mit den omnipraesenten Schafen so weit das Auge reicht,traditionellen Fischern,...

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