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May 17, 2005 - Paddywagon 10 Day All Ireland Tour Day 2

Lots of driving today, from Dublin all the way to the south-western corner. Started the morning with singing Happy Birthday to Amy, she turned 30 today. Ahh, the youth of today. Amy is from Melbourne but has been travelling and living abroad for TEN years. We found out yesterday, so we all pitched in and bought her a very large, green, fluffy top hat which she had to wear everytime she left the bus. She didn't like wearing it. We did, she looked silly. After a drive we stopped for photos of the Rock of Cashel; said to be the Irish...

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Apr 27, 2005 - Ring of Kerry

Drove on from Blarney and drove down the peninsular south of Killarney. This route is known as the ring of Kerry, and is a very scenic drive along the coast line. You get the contrast of the green hills and blue sea. Similiar in some ways to the great ocean road in Victoria. Stayed in a nice B&B overlooking the water.

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Sep 24, 2004 - Dingle

Dingle is a area at the coast in the westernmost part of Ireland. Its claim to fame is its town Cove. This was the last port of the Titanic before its illfated maiden voyage. It was also the town nearest the HMS Lustinia, when it was torpedoded during WW1. All the survivors were brought there after they were picked up by the local boats. Pretty coastline.

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Aug 8, 2004 - kerry

Camping in Killarney national park, beautiful but the midgets in the forest were a pain. Spent the day in the park, views were breath taking. Visited muckross house and abbey. Then on Sunday fled to Dingle where Jacinta was convinced to amaze the tourists with her Irish dancing skills. We were going to get the tourist boat to see fungi in Dingle bay but decided to go fishing on the off chance he was around and low and behold there he was showing off as the sun set. Beautiful. Fishing was terrible probably got something to do with the...

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Jul 21, 2004 - Ireland - Killarney

I hadn't planned on going to Killarney. From Caherdaniel I had planned on going to the Beara Peninsula, the next one down from where I was, but limited bus services and lack of time made it difficult for me to get there and spend any quality time, so I took the easier route and spent a day in Killarney instead. Killarney is a fairly large city, quite pretty, but VERY touristy. But what makes it quite interesting is that it literally sits on the doorstep of a 25,000 acre national park with 3 lakes, some waterfalls, a large wooded area, and a...

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Jul 19, 2004 - Ireland - The Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry ... kind of sounds like the latest "Lord of the Rings" movie doesn't it? Well it's not. It's a long circular road around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, with some of the most amazing coastal scenery I've ever seen. In an attempt to get away from all the nasty tourists that flock here, I decided to stay in the little village of Caherdaniel (population maybe 100, 1 shop, 3 pubs) which is quietly tucked around the southeast side of the peninsula. This particular village and hostel had been recommended to me by Mary, a...

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Jul 17, 2004 - Ireland - Doin' the Dingle

The Dingle Peninsula is the extreme western edge of Ireland and, in fact, of all of Europe. It's been inhabited for almost 6,000 years, has some amazing coastal scenery and a couple thousand archaeological sites to investigate - ring forts, towers, high crosses and the like. Because of its isolated location, Dingle is supposed to be predominantly Irish speaking, although I have to admit I didn't hear much Irish when I was there. Narrow roads, which are usually jammed-packed with slow moving cars and tourist coaches, wind their way around...

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Jul 10, 2004 - In Dingle

Checked out of the hostel from heck this morning as soon as humanly possible (in fairness, it wasn't that bad, except for the whole shower - or lack thereof - thing) and headed for the bus station. Okay, so I ended up spending a bit over an hour there, but that was okay. The cafe in the station was open, so I had breakfast - and tried black pudding for the first time. If you don't know what's in it, I won't tell you, but knowing what it's made from has kept me from eating it all this time. I wasn't going to have it this morning, but as I...

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Jul 9, 2004 - My eyes are smiling in Ireland

I'm in Ireland! Woo-hoo! Okay, I have been since yesterday (it feels like longer), and I did try to update yesterday, but the connection here at the internet cafe died on all of us before I had a chance to post here. I was still doing "maintenace" - checking email and bank balance, that sort of thing. But then, yesterday did feel a bit like nothing was wanting to go right. I made it off the ferry in Cork, caught the bus into town proper, and waited for the bus here to Killareny. And waited. And waited some more. Finally, after two hours at...

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May 2, 2004 - Killbrittan to Dingle

Today we headed around the coast and were intending to go up to Killarney before embarking on the Ring of Kerry. However our plans were disrupted when, due to the Rally of the Lakes which is held near Killarney every year, the road was closed beyond Kenmare. This meant we could either take a two hour detour back the way we'd come, or else avoid Killarney altogether. We decided to do this, so drove back to Sneem and on to the Ring of Kerry from there. The Ring of Kerry is around 100kms of peninsula with interesting little towns along the...

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Dot's Big OE 2004

Feb 6, 2004 - Irish Rovers

The history is one thing, the hospitality another - add in the dimension of Ireland's natural beauty and you have a quintessential holiday destination suitable for almost any traveler. Although we settled for Glasgow and made it our temporary home, we experienced a twinge of regret for not choosing Ireland instead. One reason why? Well, geographically, we would have been closer to Canada. ; -)

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