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Apr 30, 2015 - The Aran Islands

Inis Oirr (Inisheer) is the smallest and most easterly of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay. It has a population of about 300 individuals. There are impressive views of the second Aran Island as well as the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher across the bay. From our condo we drove to the little fishing village of Doolin where we took a ferry to Inis Oirr. This tiny island has a surprising number of historic sights. A local young farmer (Kevin) drove us around in his mini van showing us the highlights. Kevin owns about a hundred tiny plots...

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Sep 14, 2014 - Galway and Limerick

Terrible internet connection last night so gave up trying to enter my log. Yesterday we visited The town of Galway and walked the pedestrian mall and farmers market. Very busy being a Saturday. LOTS of great shops and street Buskers. Lunch at a bakery for take away. Off to visit Bunratty Castle and folk village. Sort of like an Upper Canada a Village except all the buildings have thatched roofs. Really interesting. Drove to the city of Limerick and to our own ceilidh. We were up dancing jigs and learning Irish line dancing. Great night.

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Sep 10, 2014 - Day 22 - Aran Islands to Tully

I decided to walk to the other fort today before breakfast...one reason being I needed the exercise, the other being, I wanted to see the fort as it is a full circle still as its not on a cliff. Set off about 7.30am and returned about an hour and a half later. I really enjoyed being out and about, got some lovely photos with the sun coming up (and a few with the moon in the sky as well). Found the fort and had a good look around. The views were beautiful, the morning crisp and clear. Wonderful to be alive. Arrived back in time to have a...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Fat bus, skinny roads

As mentioned earlier, we toured beautiful Connemara today and The Burren. Such a pictureasque region. We learned of the bog ecosystems & the peat used for fuel, saw the many pretty lakes surrounded by farm animals & housing mussel @ cockle farm bouy beds. We made six interesting stops & the bus went where it could barely fit. Besides along some country road stretch, over a single-width wood & stone bridge & on several hairpin turns. Luckily old PJ was a professional & kept our skins when passing large logging trucks. Did I mention the sheep...

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Sep 9, 2014 - Day 21 - Galway to Aran Islands

We got up early and went into the city centre as, guess what, we didn't get there last night. We drove around for a while and then parked and had a bit of a wander. There's some lovely shops and ars and it would have been a fun night, I'm sure, if we'd made it. Never mind, tonight we'll be at the centre of action on the Aran Islands. We packed up at the BnB and set off for the ferry terminal. We drove along the coast road again...there's heaps of caravan parks and camping grounds along the way as well as BnBs and hotels. Stopped at the post...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Flat tires and a turd. No ear for the brogue.

Today's title refers to our informative "boos" driver whose thick Galway brogue left us in the dust much of the 6.5 hr. tour. We would go whole sentences without any comprehension! At various stops, Pat & I shared terms we thought he was using....like turds (turrets) and flat tires (we never fingured that one out & he couldn't either). Anyway, quite comical. It was a rather long day for 2 women fairly unaccustomed to bus tours. We planned another one for tomorrow, as you already know. I'm too sleepy to do my long-winded descriptions, but...

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Sep 8, 2014 - Day 20 - Galway to Connemara and back to Galway

Set off about 8.30 with the idea of going into the city. Traffic was a pain so changed our minds and decided to head for Ros a' Moir to book our ferry tickets and accommodation for the Aran Islands before touring the Galway Peninsula. Revised our route and it's a good thing we're heading out of the city as the traffic coming in is unreal. Single lane and bumper to bumper for miles. It's another beautiful day....we have been so lucky with the weather. The sea on our right is glassy again today and the sun is shining. We heard that there's...

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Sep 8, 2014 - It's still a long way to Tipperary-Pat's view....

Well....top o the mornin' to ya! Actually, it's almost midnight here as I ramble on about my dear (sainted) Motherland. Havin' a wee bit o Irish luck with the weather which has been delightful (very little rain and not too chilly). No heat on in the hotels yet tho. It's kind of strange to be somewhere where quite a few of the women look like my cousins. (Maybe it's the dark eyebrows...). Anyway...I love all the street music and dancing, it's definitely my cup o tea! There is loads of charm too...but I can only understand about half of what...

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Sep 7, 2014 - Day 19 - Carrig Island to Galway

Set off about 8.30. Pete driving today. Sent info to Kylie to email my TMX customers about the new TMX...Hope my customers who bought recently aren't too annoyed. Glorious day...sunny, water like a mirror. Stopped at the castle near our accommodation....it has 5 levels and was very well preserved. On to Tarbert (ferries leave from here to cross the Shannon). Drove through Foynes...industrial type town so we are seeing a very different landscape as it's more industrial than what we've been seeing. Looking across the River to a power station....

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Sep 7, 2014 - Eighty swans and an almost full moon

We trained for 2.5 hours across this fair isle & checked into our hotel by 2:30 & went exploring on foot. We enjoyed a spot of tea and the many talented dancers, singers, musicians & entertainers on the cobblestone avenues here while checking out sights & shopping. We had a wonderful dinner & wine & booked a Tuesday bus tour of beautiful Connemara which is an unspoiled terrain "on the edge of Europe" & includes the Twelve Ben Mountains, cliffs, seals & a fjord, peat bogs & Kylemore Abbey and a Neolithic stone circle that claims to have been...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Day 3 - Balleek to Kinvara

Day 3 - Balleek to Kinvara and all points in between! Making a list, checking it twice! We should have made a list of groceries and done the shopping for our three day retreat to beach, by now! On our way from Balleek to Kinvara, we'll be making some stops. Roscommon to pick up our meat! Cliffs for our family and individual holiday photos, and some Christmas shopping in Galway. Dinner in Kinvara and a comfy sleep for all before heading to discover our Irish roots, enjoy the Irish shoreline and tour the Ring of Kerry! Once we've checked...

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Aug 6, 2014 - En route vers les Cliff of Moher

Avant de passer quelques jours à Athlone pour profiter de quelques nuits comfortables au Sheraton, j'ai pu 20 ans! Nous avons décider de faire un petit détour pour aller voir les Cliffs of Moher, qui donne un point de vue impressionnant sur l'Atlantique. Nous avons fait un arrêt pour manger un délicieux Guiness stew dans un des innombrable pub de Galway.

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