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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 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 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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Sep 8, 2014 - Donegal, County Donegal, Ireland

The city of Donegal is located in the northwestern part of Northern Ireland. HARVEY'S POINT HOTEL Our hotel was another family-owned hotel and part of the Manor House Hotels of Ireland group. It is owned by Deirdre McGlone, who we met, her husband and brother-in-law. It is located about three miles outside Donegal on a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Eske. Photos 1-40 The reason we wanted to stay in the Donegal area was to take a driving tour of the peninsula that has several interesting sites. MAP OF THE PENINSULA Photo 41 We...

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Ireland 2014

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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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 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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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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