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May 31, 2012 - The day of Fiona's Wedding

It has been very difficult to keep up with this journal. I have not been able to do the trip the justice it deserves. Today is Fiona's wedding and the first rainy day. Lisa suggests it would be fun to go get our hair done for the wedding. She found a really cute and trendy place with appointments for 9am. The lady at the hair salon gave us plastic bags as we left to put on our heads to keep the hair dry. I don't have a picture but we walked very proud with our plastic bag heads. Next to the post office to finally mail the Irish passport...

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May 30, 2012 - Off to the Country side (the back)

Up and at it early today, as usual. And the 1st item on the list is to get my passport photos notarized by the garda (the police) for the Irish passport. It is the last step before we can mail all documents back to Dublin. Next off to spend the whole day visiting with mum's brothers at Ros Muc, Connemara Island (which is part of the true countryside of Galway city) Approx 1 hour drive from the Galway city center where our hotel is located. Mum and her family call their village 'the back'- Mum comes from an area that looks like what most of...

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May 29, 2012 - Galway

We were all up and at it today by 6:30 am. We actually made it to breakfast at the hotel for the first time since we arrived. Breakfast buffet was lovely and the American kids left a trail of crumbs to prove it.After breakfast we gathered our bags and walked to the train station to catch a 9:30 train. The ride was nice, Marty was disappointed that it wasn't a train like he expected. We concluded it must be different than the trains on TV. I asked him if he expected it to be blue with a face and named Thomas. (haha). So kids were great on...

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May 28, 2012 - Inishmore, Aran Islands

Inishmore (Irish: Árainnmhór) / Inis Mhór) is the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay in Ireland and has an area of 31 square kilometres (12 sq mi). The island is famous for its strong Irish culture, loyalty to the Irish language, and a wealth of Pre-Christian and Christian ancient sites including Dún Aengus, described as "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe" by George Petrie. Our day started off with a 6 miles walk which took us 4 hours. We wanted to walk to Dún Aengus but got lost following the Irish signs. Go figure......

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May 27, 2012 - Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien's Tower stands proudly on a headland of the majestic Cliffs. From the Cliffs one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, as well as The Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the South. The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower. The Cliffs of Moher are home to...

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May 25, 2012 - A ramble in Galway

Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably. Here is the birthplace of the world famous...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Gireeps, some "Moher" cliffs and Inis Mor

Facebook album links - anyone can view the album of photos, copy and paste these links: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151550379235707.838322.746395706&type=1&l=4069052479 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151579999750707.841507.746395706&type=3&l=d383581dc7Wednesday 25th April Shamrocker Day 3: Ennis - Galway Poulnabrone Dolmen Portal Tomb – (Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning "hole of sorrows" (bró in Irish)") is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between...

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Jan 3, 2012 - Welcome to Galway!

I woke up just as the train was getting close to Galway and I'm not sure I've ever been quite as excited and nervous in my entire life combined as I was in that moment, realizing I was so close to my new home for the next four and a half months and really had no idea what to expect. The very nice man working on the train offered to help me get my bags unloaded and brushed off my warnings of them being heavy only to exclaim upon trying to move one of them "Do you have a dead body in here?!?" I promised I was not transporting a corpse,...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Galway

After what they call on tour a sleep in till 6.30 we headed today to Galway, stopping in Athlone, to take a boat ride down the river Shannon, well let's just say that is an hour I will not get back, but I suppose there are always good and bad parts to any tour, we headed to Galway Bay and had time to roam the streets, local Market on today, plenty of Irish Sitting out in the street cafe, it is a long weekend here, so everyone seems to be in a festival spirit.

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Aug 27, 2011 - Galway & return to Dublin

Spent a day relaxing in Galway before travelling by train back to Dublin. Galway is an enjoyable unpretentious city. Last night attended another play by the Irish playwrite Brian Friel. This one called Faith Healer. We preferred the previous one of his we saw in Dublin, Translations, but this one was also very rich in language and theme. Gotta run to catch a train. Slainte

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Aug 25, 2011 - Connemara

Rosemary, Lidia & I set out in our trusty Skoda to explore the Connemara area of County Galway. In this remote mountainous terrain the Irish chieftans and clans retained control even after the Normans, and or English Tudors, controlled the city of Galway. Driving thru this lake, stream, bog and mountain filled region it's not hard to understand why. Without roads and automobiles this had to be a very secure area for those in the know. We stayed in the little harbor town of Clifden, and journeyed from there to explore. Spent the better part...

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Aug 21, 2011 - You have some gall way

We sadly waved as George departed on his bus connection to Dublin to catch a ride back to Austin. Our journeys together the past couple weeks were filled with adventures, good food, laughter, and did I mention 20 kilometer walks in the rain. And now there are three - Rosemary, Lidia & I. So what better way to begin by going to another different city - Galway here we come. Very pleasant city whose center is very walkable with lots to see. In fact, on a spur of the moment impulse, we joined a University of Ireland lecture and walk that...

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