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Sep 27, 2019 - Galway, Ireland: Paddy Wagon 3 Day Bus Tour

I am now taking a three day Paddy Wagon bus tour. The backpackers rate was $280US. That means I stay the nights in a Hostel. It was a pretty long drive from Dublin to Galway, but we had several stops. One was the city Cong where the movie Quiet Man was filmed with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Cong also features a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, build 1120, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, spent his last years. Of course the roof had been removed to save on taxes so not much was left except Abby ruins and a beautiful...

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Aug 4, 2019 - Ireland - Galway and the Burren

After enjoying another evening's entertainment of traditional music along with a coachload of German and Dutch tourists we spent the night in accommodation above the local Chinese Restaurant in Lisdoonvarna. I could hear people snoring all around me, that is what you get for being a light sleeper. This town holds an annual Matchmaking festival in September when around 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers hit town. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker. We wondered whether he...

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Jun 13, 2019 - Doolin to Galway to Dublin

Visit to the 16th Century castle, Dunghuaire Castle at the quaint fishing village of Kinvara – the gateway to Ireland’s Culture Capital, Galway. Galway is renowned for its pleasures. We also did a fantastic food tour while learning the history of Galway. We took an afternoon bus from Galway to Dublin on the GoBus service. I slept most of the way. I’m trying to fight off my cough!

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Feb 8, 2019 - Galway!!

From February 8-10 me and my friends traveled to Galway, Ireland! It's crazy that we can travel from one side of the country to the other in only a couple of hours. We traveled by train and after we accidentally got off on the wrong stop, we finally made it to Galway! Traveling with nine people is pretty challenging but it was also very fun. It was myself and my friends Aubrie, Nick, Leopold, Riley, Kaylee, Alex, Ally, and Rose. The first night, we just hung out and found this really cool pub called "The Kings Head." The walls were all...

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Aug 31, 2018 - Galway, Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher

Galway I already realise Ireland will need another visit at some later point as I am only here a few days to meet up with Tony and Crystall, two friends from the European Peace Walk and two of Tony’s friends. Tony is from Brisbane but Crystall lives in Calgary, Canada. I caught up with her last August in Calgary. Crystall flies back to Calgary in a few days from Dublin which is why Dublin! We all spend a few days in Dublin then Tony, the boys and I fly to Edinburgh to start a Scottish Adventure then I go on to walk a few weeks of the...

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Jun 9, 2018 - Day 16

We headed back down the coast today to a place called Doolin where we caught a ferry to one of the smaller in a group of the Aran Islands, Inis Oirr (pronounced Inishorr). We wandered around part of the island for a couple of hours then the boat went to The Cliffs of Moher. Got to see puffins (tick that off my bucket list) however they are quite small so we had to look out for them in the water. Last night we went down the road to Salthill to a couple of pubs in search of some Irish music. Had a fun night and met some lovely people but the...

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The PJs On Tour

Aug 18, 2017 - Day 7 Galway, Kilbeggan and Dublin

Galway ... interesting blend of old and modern. This was a short stop with an archeologist as our tour guide. Might seem boring but he was interesting. He loved to relate history and it's pertainance to now. This medium size town of 70,000 has several connections to Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code and the Knights of the templar. This short stop focused on historical buildings and churches with a few facts on famous pubs. Next week I'm thinking tthe Southern tour stop in Galway will highlight pubs. Hoping next week it won't be raining. Everyone...

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Jul 6, 2017 - Exploring Ireland's West Coast

Friday, June 30 Following breakfast at the small cafe below our apartment, we departed for Galway on the west coast. We drove across the Dingle Peninsula and then crossed the broad River Shannon by vehicle ferry. After passing a sign for the Trump Ireland International Golf Course (we suspect that the Irish despise Trump as much as the rest of Europe), we stopped for lunch at a seaside restaurant in Lehinch, a popular beach resort a few kilometres from the famed Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are a World Heritage Site and a must-see stop along...

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Apr 21, 2017 - Moran's Oyster Cottage

Driving home from the Aran Islands, we were able to have dinner at Moran's Oyster Cottage, also now known as Morans of the Weir. http://www.moransoystercottage.com/ A long time CNM friend of mine visited here awhile ago, and it came highly recommended to us. It was delicious, and the atmosphere was quaint. A cottage that had been made into a restaurant. Side rooms were private rooms, and it had a very comfortable feel. Thank you, Betsy !

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Apr 21, 2017 - Aran Islands

There is so much to say about this day on Aran Islands, and I am sure Walt will tell you a great story in person. There are several reasons why we chose this Island vs the larger one, most commonly visited island. Mary had spent some time on this Island, and a close friends of hers spent a lot of time here, 30 years ago. We have a book written about the flora and fauna of the island. Walt and Mary climbed up the hill, and waved at us from high up the hill. As you can see it is a beautiful day. When they reached the point where they stopped,...

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Apr 21, 2017 - Galway

So we left the Cliffs of Moher still with mists swirling around. In the parking lot across the road the sun shone brightly. We continued on up R477 until the GPS took us on to N65. It seems we were destined to drive through the center of the Burren, a karst formation with lots of ancient sights. At one point we watched a large tour bus creep past the cube van we were following with nary an inch to spare. Although N65 is wide by Irish standards, it is still very narrow. We stopped to gaze out across a valley far below. We passed remnants of...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Apr 20, 2017 - Galway-Mary Black

On Thursdays, the 20th, we headed for Galway, and had two lovely days exploring the area. The first evening we went to the Mary Black Concert, in a charming small venue. She has been singing for over 30 years, and gave us a good show. Her daughter also opened the show. It was a great evening. No particular pictures from this day.

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