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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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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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Jun 12, 2010 - Day 2 - Dublin to Donegal

Dee: Day 2 awake at 6:30am we’re still messed up on jet lag but we’re fine. A nice breakfast and we’re out of Dublin. Yikes….this driving on the left side of the road is quite unnerving and can make you come out of your skin on some of these one lane wide 2 way roads if you know what I mean!!!! I’m the one reminding Dale to stay on the left side of the road and stay out of the ditch, which happens to be my side. Dublin is quite modern and caters to the younger crowd of Ireland. I couldn’t wait to hit the countryside and experience the...

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Aug 11, 2009 - Donegal

A short travelling day today- spent an hour on the internet answering emails from home and updating the website. It has taken me awhile to get back into the swing of things! We used the main highway until we hit Sligo and then we used the country roads which are of course more interesting. Visited Bundoran but the convent mentioned by Dave was closed and we couldn't find the mountain road where cars seemingly roll uphil.. We finally arrived at Donegal and immediately found a lovely B and B-right across the road/river from Donegal Castle....

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Sep 25, 2008 - Westport to Killybegs via Sligo and Donegal

We had been seated near a family from New Jersey last night at dinner, and when we went down for breakfast this morning, there they were. We had not enquired last night where they were staying. We had breakfast, packed the car, and went into Westport to have a look around, and guess who we met? The same family! We have met many people on our travels, but this is the first time we have run into the same party so often. We enjoyed our stroll through Westport then set off for Donegal, stopping at Sligo on the way. Sligo proved to be a...

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May 24, 2008 - Donegal here we come!

Grabbed a rental car and drove to the North west coast/Donegal County. Stopped in Sligo where famous writer W.B. Yeats was buried. Drove over to Bundoran at a surf lodge and stayed the weekend there. Huge sufing area, but no surf this time of year : ( Kelly Slater goes there regularly. Had the best fish and chips ever at Mr. T's across the street. Went to a pub Saturday night where whole familes gathered(grandparents/babies, children) Kind of odd to see in a bar but excepted over here as no big deal. It was nice to be the only Americans in...

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Jun 2, 2007 - Surfing in Donegal!!!

Got myself back out to the airport to meet up with Leahanne and Aina (Finnish girl)as we rented a car from there to drive out to Donegal. We signed up for surfing lessons up there for the afternoon. So Leahanne drove, I was the map navigator because Irish roads are ridiculous and Aina hung out in the back. Got to drive through parts of Northern Ireland again to get to Donegal. We got to Bundoran and found our B and B right away since it's not a big town. Dropped our stuff off and quickly got changed into our bathing suits. The surfing...

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Jul 9, 2004 - Ireland - Glencolmkille - Mad Mary

The weariness in my body after my 20 mile Antrim ramble must have affected my brain as I read the schedule incorrectly and ended up missing my bus the next morning. Urrghh, what's happening to me? I used to be so organized and now I've messed up twice in 2 days!! Missing the morning bus was not a good thing as I was going from Ballycastle in the far northeast to Glencolmkille in the far northwest. I had lots of miles to cover along slow-going coastal roads and connections in towns with infrequent bus service. But somehow -- after 3 buses, 1...

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