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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

Oct 6, 2012 - The Magical Mystery Tour

*** What an extraordinary week we've just had! On our seventh day in Ireland, we ran into friends from the U.S. in Brogan's Bar in Ennis! They'd come over to Ireland with nine friends, so they numbered 11 in all, and they were on DAY 1 of a week-long musical/cultural tour of Ireland, traveling in two vehicles: a small bus and a van. We joined the group and traveled with them through Counties Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal. Our guide, John Willmott, was so far beyond amazing that we couldn't begin to do him...

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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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Aug 10, 2011 - Donegal and return to Dublin

Lidia & I spent a day in Donegal on our way back from Killy Begs to Dublin. The architecture of Donegal Castle was very interesting; 12th thru 18th century sections that spanned age old Irish Chieftans thru Norman warriors to aristocratic English lords. Back in Dublin we meet-up with Rosemary and George arriving from Austin. Spent four more days in Dublin before traveling to Tralee by train, and then to Camp on the Dingle Pennisula from where we'll begin our hike around the pennisula. Ciao for now

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Aug 6, 2011 - Kelly Begs and the Slieve League coast

Began our day with a taxi ride from Kelly Begs to Silver Strand Beach at Malin Begs. Drive thru the countryside illustrated the cutting of peat from the ancient bogs. The hike from Malin Begs to Fellin took about 7 hours. We went from sea level to about 2200 ft above. Hiking thru the fields with 'trails' being those of the foot (hoove?) paths of our ever present companions - sheep, by the hundreds. There were no other hikers along the route. Their loss. The scenery was spectacular, even though the 'trail' was quite 'moist'. The meadows and...

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Sep 25, 2010 - Donegal

@@@@@@@ Background Prior to the Plantation of Ulster, County Donegal was divided between the O’Donnell and O’Neill clans. When most of Ulster became Northern Ireland, Donegal was severed from its neighbouring counties and County Fermanagh also completely cut it off from the rest of the Republic. It has stayed stubbornly independent-minded and Dublin pretty much ignores it completely. Donegal is the most remote part of the entire island and as a result, Donegal has the country’s largest number of Gaelic speakers. The main appeal of the...

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