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Ireland 2003

In October of 2003 my bride and I drove from Easton to the Baltimore-Washington airport and hopped the Atlantic from Baltimore to Shannon, Ireland to rent a manual shift, right hand drive car for a peril ridden drive between B & Bs in Southwest Ireland. After struggling in the pre-dawn darkness and rain to find the little car in the rental parking lot and a series of mishaps trying to figure out the way of engaging Morning in Limerickreverse gear and the non-intuitive protocols of right-hand driving we made our way out of the airport round-abouts and drove south through Limerick to our pre-arranged lodging in the town of Blarney in County Cork. We had hopes of visiting Blarney Castle to plant lips on the legendary Stone of Our room in BlarneyEloquence at the top of the tower; for kissing it would insure that we would never be lost for words as we advance into senility. But alas, the rain had vigorously returned and our B &B had such a comfortable bed that we ended up repairing our jet lag with a sleep through the afternoon followed by a walk to a nearby pub for a shepherds pie

Next morning we drove into the city of Cork where we looked at the Cork University, and then toured through the Cork Gaol. The gaol looked almost like a castle from the outside but inside, we found ourselves in a 20th century prison, complete with eerie manikins, both as jailers and prisoners. We also drove through the nearby city of Cobh (cove) known for being the embarcation point for the Irish people emigrating to America. dinner.

Approaching Cork Cork Harbor Cork University Cork Gaol

From Cork we drove south passing an ancient stone circle to Kinsale where we walked around for a while and visited a museum devoted to the Lusitania which was sunk in 18 minutes off Kinsale in 1915 by the German submarine U-20. Leaving Kinsale we reluctantly bypassed the Timoleague Abbey and drove westward along the southern coast of Ireland through Clonakilty, Rosscarbery, Glandore, and past the Leap Castle to the town of Skibbereen. We had thought that it would be fun to see what Baltimore, Ireland would be like, but our going had been very slow during the day and we decided to skip it and make a direct run through Bantry and Glengarriff to Kenmare in County Kerry.

Dromberg Stone Circle Kinsale Dromberg Stone Circle Skibbereen
Skibbereen Bantry Bay Glengarriff Kenmare

Leaving Kenmare we drove clockwise around the Iveragh Peninsula's Ring of Kerry through Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Cahirseveen, Kells, Glenbeighs, to spend the evening in Killarney. In visiting Killarney National Park the next morning , we drove along Lough Leane to see the historic Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. After lunch we continued east through Castlemaine, Inch and Lispole to the town of Dingle on the Dingle Pennsula where we settled in to another wonderful B & B. Linda secured some minor bling on our way to dinner and I went through many approach and avoidance conflicts before turning down a painting that I continue to long for. Next morning we set off west across the mountains through Camp to Tralee before turning north to Tarbert and the ferry across the Shannon to Killimer in County Clare.

Ring of Kerry Iveragh Peninsula Kilarney Muckross House in Kiliarney
Lough Leane in Killarney National Park Dingle Dinge Peninsula Shannon Ferry at Killiimer

From our ferry landing near Killimer, we drove west again through Kilrush toKilkee where we turned north to avoid going into the Atlantic Ocean. We then continued along the west coast through Doonbeg, Mullagh, and Ennistymon to turn west again for a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. After many pictures we traveked north along the coast to Ballinalacken and then west to Doolen and north to reach The Burren while there was good afternoon light. The Burren has some of the finest archeological megaliths in Ireland and perhaps all of Europe so we made a long magical stop at Poulnabrone which is one of the most accessible of the tombs excavated in 1968.

Galway Bay Galway Galway Street Lough Leane in Killarney National Park
Connemar Region Dingle Ennis Ennis Red Rowboat

Leaving The Burren we crossed into County Galway for a visit to the city of Galway and a leisurely day trip into the Connemara Region just to the northwest of the city.before returning through a stop in Ennis to catch our plane back to Baltimore and home.

In October of 2003 my bride and I drove from Easton to the Baltimore-Washington airport and hopped the Atlantic from Baltimore to Shannon, Ireland to rent a manual shift, right hand drive car for a peril ridden drive between B & Bs in Southwest Ireland. After struggling in the pre-dawn darkness and rain to find the little car in the rental parking lot and a series of mishaps trying to figure out the way of engaging Morning in Limerickreverse gear and the non-intuitive protocols of right-hand driving we made our way out of the airport round-abouts and drove south through Limerick to our pre-arranged lodging in the town of Blarney in County Cork. We had hopes of visiting Blarney Castle to plant lips on the legendary Stone of Our room in BlarneyEloquence at the top of the tower; for kissing it would insure that we would never be lost for words as we advance into senility. But alas, the rain had vigorously returned and our B &B had such a comfortable bed that we ended up repairing our jet lag with a sleep through the afternoon followed by a walk to a nearby pub for a shepherds pie

Next morning we drove into the city of Cork where we looked at the Cork University, and then toured through the Cork Gaol. The gaol looked almost like a castle from the outside but inside, we found ourselves in a 20th century prison, complete with eerie manikins, both as jailers and prisoners. We also drove through the nearby city of Cobh (cove) known for being the embarcation point for the Irish people emigrating to America. dinner.

Approaching Cork Cork Harbor Cork University Cork Gaol

From Cork we drove south passing an ancient stone circle to Kinsale where we walked around for a while and visited a museum devoted to the Lusitania which was sunk in 18 minutes off Kinsale in 1915 by the German submarine U-20. Leaving Kinsale we reluctantly bypassed the Timoleague Abbey and drove westward along the southern coast of Ireland through Clonakilty, Rosscarbery, Glandore, and past the Leap Castle to the town of Skibbereen. We had thought that it would be fun to see what Baltimore, Ireland would be like, but our going had been very slow during the day and we decided to skip it and make a direct run through Bantry and Glengarriff to Kenmare in County Kerry.

Dromberg Stone Circle Kinsale Dromberg Stone Circle Skibbereen
Skibbereen Bantry Bay Glengarriff Kenmare

Leaving Kenmare we drove clockwise around the Iveragh Peninsula's Ring of Kerry through Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Cahirseveen, Kells, Glenbeighs, to spend the evening in Killarney. In visiting Killarney National Park the next morning , we drove along Lough Leane to see the historic Muckross Abbey and Ross Castle. After lunch we continued east through Castlemaine, Inch and Lispole to the town of Dingle on the Dingle Pennsula where we settled in to another wonderful B & B. Linda secured some minor bling on our way to dinner and I went through many approach and avoidance conflicts before turning down a painting that I continue to long for. Next morning we set off west across the mountains through Camp to Tralee before turning north to Tarbert and the ferry across the Shannon to Killimer in County Clare.

Ring of Kerry Iveragh Peninsula Kilarney Muckross House in Kiliarney
Lough Leane in Killarney National Park Dingle Dinge Peninsula Shannon Ferry at Killiimer

From our ferry landing near Killimer, we drove west again through Kilrush toKilkee where we turned north to avoid going into the Atlantic Ocean. We then continued along the west coast through Doonbeg, Mullagh, and Ennistymon to turn west again for a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. After many pictures we traveked north along the coast to Ballinalacken and then west to Doolen and north to reach The Burren while there was good afternoon light. The Burren has some of the finest archeological megaliths in Ireland and perhaps all of Europe so we made a long magical stop at Poulnabrone which is one of the most accessible of the tombs excavated in 1968.

Galway Bay Galway Galway Street Lough Leane in Killarney National Park
Connemar Region Dingle Ennis Ennis Red Rowboat

Leaving The Burren we crossed into County Galway for a visit to the city of Galway and a leisurely day trip into the Connemara Region just to the northwest of the city.before returning through a stop in Ennis to catch our plane back to Baltimore and home.

 

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