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Nov 27, 2010 - Connemarra

Woke up to snow this morning which made driving even more challenging. Made our way to the Connemara peninsula and the national park there. Visited the Kylemore Abby and gardens- beautiful setting. Ran into sheep wandering down the road, peat bogs and famine memorials. Lots of driving today and the gps sent us down some interesting roads, a few unpaved and grassy and very narrow.

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Nov 18, 2010 - Ireland - Day 4 County Clare

Well what a day. Travelling all over County Clare since leaving Galway at lunchtime today. Have managed to travel a lot but not a great distance. Have finally stopped for the night in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Port on the Atlantic ocean. Been to the Cliffs of Moher today and pictures will be posted soon. Finding we are not allowing ourselves enough time to keep this journal up to date as we should. Looking forward to a day or two soon to make some comprehensive entries with lots of photos and video footage. Have a great room here...

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Nov 17, 2010 - Ireland - Day 3 Galway

Hi All, Well we picked up the hire car this morning and had a uneventful drive to Galway from Dublin. Amazing motorway makes it all so easy. Was greeted by gale force winds an driving rain. Made walking around town very intersting. Cath is still trying to find her ancestors who came from here (thanks Em for reminding her). Deciding tonight where to go tomorrow. Just have to be at Cork airport Saturday morning to fly to London (Catherine and John here we come). Oh and of course visit the Blarney Stone. This is the website for the hotel we...

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Our Trip 2010

Oct 27, 2010 - Galway

Today I've just been wandering around Galway, checking out all the tourist attractions. There are several churches just in the city center area - the main cathedral (Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven) and St. Nicholas's Church. In wandering I passed several smaller churches and an active convent. The stained glass windows in the Cathedral are amazing - I even recognize some of the stories depicted... There's a picture of the convent behind a rock wall along one of the canals that may be my favorite. The city walls are almost all...

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Sep 15, 2010 - in galway

Wifi was so slow last night. Only able to update with some pictures from Trim castle which was our first stop yesterday. We rented a car and drove to Trim then Moate then to Galway. Driving was...let's just say I love the round abouts on the other side of the road and driving on the other side of the car. Fun! There is no way that I can describe our trip so far. The pics and these brief synopsis can't suffice. We we very very successful at the genology center in Moate. We foundthe baptismal record for my great great grandmother, the birth...

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Sep 1, 2010 - Gobshite

Today may not have been the most eventful day of the trip, but I quite enjoyed myself for the whole of it. We heard some great Irish stories along the way and my favorite one centered around a guy named Cornelius O’Brian who built a castle overlooking these huge picturesque cliffs in Scotland because, as Murf told us, “he really liked boobies.” If anyone could relate to this tale, it was yours truly. The truth was that this guy Cornelius fancied himself quite the ladies man and when he got put in charge of some land in Ireland he decided...

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Jun 19, 2010 - Day at the Salthill prom; Night out in Galway

Today was a good day. I started the day with an "interview". I got up early, agonized over my limited clothing options, and took a 10 Euro taxi ride out to Taylors Hill, where the interviews were happening. A lovely woman named Michelle invited me in, and we chatted for about 5 minutes about a lot of stuff other than my qualifications and then I was sent on my way. So, probably does not bode well for the job, which, to be honest, I don't really want anyway because it's a waitressing job. Those of you who know me, will know that I'm not...

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Jun 17, 2010 - Galway

Well, unfortunately for me, the effects of the recession here are much worse than at home. I've spent two weeks looking for work, and haven't had so much as a nibble. There are so many local people out of work, that it's not surprising no one wants to hire foreigners. Several places I visited wouldn't even accept a c.v. because they get hundreds of resumes for a single job posting. So, it looks like I could be coming home a month early. The last month has just been a steady drain on my bank account, which had already suffered from too much...

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May 18, 2010 - Street with no name (aka, what's your sign?)

After a week of hoping the volcano wouldn't blow, we were lucky enough to leave for Dublin only a few hours late. First stop at the airport was the pub for a few pints before boarding. We met a couple from the U.P. of “that state up North” to chat with. We got settled in on the plane and realized that economy class should be renamed “sardine class”. Oh well, better have another pint! After “dinner” or something like it we decided to try and snooze although we only have 4 hours before landing. Bobb did a great job with leading me through the...

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May 10, 2010 - Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park

I spent a lovely day wandering through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. The two parks together are larger than the Principality of Monaco. It's a bit of the English Countryside in the middle of the city. The weather was absolutely beautiful, bright, and sunny. While I was taking photos in the park, I was approached by a middle aged fella who offered to walk me to the Peter Pan statue. I foolishly figured it would be nice to have some company, but given my traveling track record (remember Gropey Grandpa, Lia?) I should have known better. We...

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Oct 1, 2009 - Guinness Day

Now here’s something fun and so Irish that i got to experience. Last Thursday was the 250th anniversary of Guinness. There were commercials and banners and advertisements going on the entire time i’ve been here building up for it and discounted Guinness on the actual day (I know... Irish giving a discount on beer? No way... I don’t know if i’ve mentioned how ridiculously expensive everything here is. Normally a beer is from 3.50 eruo and the cheapest to 4 euro on average, so it was a big deal when the student pub -yes my school does have an...

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