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Jun 21, 2018 - Slea Head Drive and a 1000 Year Old Church

A rugged but serene landscape: the Atlantic Ocean, islands off in the horizon, steep rocky pastures for grazing sheep, and a pre-famine cottage, a home to a family of 16 in ruins. Only 2 members of the family survived the famine. And then Gallarus Oratory, a 1300 year old stone church which is all that is left of a monastery. It has only one small door facing West and one small window facing East. The solace, the serenity and the simplicity . . . you felt that somehow these early Christians got it right.

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Jun 20, 2018 - A Lost Pub, An Ungrateful Guest and Beauty

The O’Connor family roots are in the nearby the town of Macroom. In Macroom there is a pub, the O’Connor Pub. Peter who had visited the pub 15 years ago wanted to take a family picture outside the pub for this years Christmas card. (It was 9 Am and even for Ireland it was too early for the pub to be opened.) Upon arriving in Macroom, our driver, Brian parked the bus and with Peter went in search for the pub. An animated conversation ensued on the street with a local. Hands moving in all directions, facial contortions of dismay. Upon...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Day 13

A big drive across Southern Ireland today. We left Wexford and drove the Ring of Hook, or the Hook Peninsula. Absolutely stunning coastal drive. We stopped at Tintern Abbey first then Hook Lighthouse. We caught the car ferry from Ballyhack over to Passage East then drove on to Dungarven, Fermoy, Mallow then Killarney. Staying in a gorgeous B&B tonight (Hazelbrook Cottage) ready for another big drive tomorrow.

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Jun 5, 2018 - Muckrose castle

Today's highlights are all about the castle. We spent the day at the Killarney National Park,took a horse and buggy ride to see the castle grounds and adjoining Abby. Jeff tried his hand at fishing a mountain lake as we drove another narrow road through the mountains. Finished the day checking off another bucket item,we stayed in the manor house of a true castle. Met the owners, The Townsends,who trace back 11 generations to England. The first Townsend came to Ireland in 1600 with Gen. Cromwell.

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Jun 4, 2018 - Slea head road Dingle

Drove the highly recommended Slea head loop today. Again, checked several items off the bucket list. Prehistoric round house fort with a pet park, beehive houses and furrowed fields from the potato famine. Had a wee bit of lunch at a roadside restaurant overlooking a 4 mile sandy beach. Everyone enjoying the sun and surf. Took a long rest break then Pam and Jeff headed to the pubs for late night drinks and Irish music.

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Jun 3, 2018 - Kerry and Dingle

Satuday, June 2 Woke up to overcast skies here in Kenmare. We enjoyed a lovely ‘full Irish’ breakfast at our B&B and headed out for the Ring of Kerry. Following the book’s advice, we went clockwise in hopes of avoiding lots of big tour buses on the road, and it worked for the most part. The hazy skies were actually very ‘atmospheric’ giving that somewhat misty green scenery that suits Ireland. We didn’t have any rain until a little in the late afternoon on our way home. Our first stop was a detour off the main road to see a 2000 year-old...

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Jun 3, 2018 - Checking off Buns bucket list

Today we checked off several bucket list items on Miss Buns bucket list. Started with a round tower church column down the street from our B&B. Saw a traditional thatch roof cottage in the countryside and many scenic vistas as we drove to the ferry landing. The drive over Connor Pass was spectacular, at one point we ran into 2 cars coming downhill with only enough space for 1 car to pass. 1,000 ft drop on the side, other driver was panicky and had to have her passenger walk the car past us. Cleared by about 4 inches. Arrived in Dingle in...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Kilkenny to Kenmare

Thursday May 31 On the road from Kilkenny this morning, heading southwest. Our first stop was the Rock of Cashel. This huge stone mound rises above the farmland in County Tipperary. It is an obvious defensive position, and was held from 300-1100 by various ancient kings, including one that St. Patrick baptized in 450 AD. Finally the current king gave it to the church in 1101, and it developed into a major ecclesiastical center. (Doing so, he made points with the church and kept the rock out of the hands of his enemies.) We spotted it...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Killarney Always

Timmie had a sports commitment; so Esther, Joe and I set out for Killarney, one of my favorite places. The National Park there is a fab place to walk and, even though it was damp, we still made it all the way to the waterfall at Tork. We worked up appetites and had lunch at the lovely gazebo restaurant in the park. It's cafeteria style and really good food. Then, we did a little shopping in town. I like the Marks & Spencer store there so I stocked up on some stuff. Then, we headed home. A lovely day out.

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Adventures for 2018

Aug 26, 2017 - Day 15 Annascaul and Dingle Pennisula

Our first stop this morning is a visit to the small town of Annascaul to hear the story of Tom Crean's multiple tris to Antarctica at a pub named the South Pole opened by Tom and passed down through the Crean Family. John decided to buy his first t-shirt at the small pub.Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Visit the cozy South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an explorer who bravely journeyed to the...

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Aug 25, 2017 - Day 14 Waterford, Killarny

First stop today is Waterford to watch the craftsman make their amazing pieces. Each piece is conpletely done by hand unless the piece is too weighty for them to handle. Really brings home the value behind the price. Its then on to Killarney Our hotel the International was right in the center of town. Dinner at the hotel was good then we're off exploring the town. Michael said this town was much smaller than Kilkenny but this is my favorite so far. If we come back a stay in Killarney is a must. There's a horse race in town this weekend and...

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Jul 3, 2017 - Dingle Peninsula

Wednesday, June 28 We began the day with hearty breakfast in the bright and sunny breakfast nook (surrounded by windows on three sides) of our B & B. We had an interesting conversation with a German guest and his wife who had been coming to the area for many years. He claimed that the Ring of Kerry was over- rated and that he preferred the less well-known Beara Peninsula. We set for the quaint little town of Dingle on the southern shore of the Dingle Peninsula. The drive was a leisurely trek with lots of hills, curvy roads, sheep and the...

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