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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 29th 2014

So we're about to close up our last day here. Stayed overnight in Coyne. Truly beautiful there. We partook in a traditional breakfast. Started with fruit, bread, and juice &/or water followed shortly thereafter by tea. Eggs Benedict was the special breakfast. It's not my favorite, but when in Rome, do like the Romans! I thought it smart to immerse myself. It was served on an English muffin. Pretty soon the waitress came over with 8 slices of toast (4 slices of bread cut in half to be fair). In case you glazed over the beginning, this was the 3rd serving of bread in one meal! I was stuffed! We took a taxi to the railroad station in Midleton & had a bit of xtra time, so we walked to the supermarket & bought tea. After ... read more
View from Barnabrow House, Coyne
Sorry we're sideways. Beautiful shot
Random house that fell apart.

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 27th 2014

I slept in today! It was delightful to actually get sleep. Katie had a Hen Party (Bachelorette Party) last night so I didn't really set my alarm. I knew she'd tell me after she got up. On the way to catch the bus, I bought a thin zip up hoodie to later with-downside of packing light! Penny's (not to be confused w/ JC penny's) is inexpensive & had some nice sales. That's the best thing of hitting Europe at this time are all the sales! Today we went to Blarney. After stopping into a souvenir shop w/ a lovely woman and some Irish lace, we walked on down to the Castle. Of course our first destination was the Castle/Blarney Stone. It was neat to see what used to be and a good use of imagination. We ... read more
Boring Still Water vs. Thrilling Fizzy Water
I don't even understand how this I'd upside down.
Blarney Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 26th 2014

Been without Internet except briefly for the last couple of days. Sevilla Seeing as it was our last day & we hadn't yet checked off everything on our list, we hopped to it. Ok, Katie hopped to it. I could still have slept all day. We began with a stop at the bus pickup to figure out when to catch one to the airport on our way over to Plaza de España. It's sooo pretty. The fountain still wasn't running and there were tables blocked off for some sort of function, but it was still gorgeous! Next up ir de compras...shopping. Well, sort of... We window shopped at Encuentre the night before & went in to grab what we wanted. Ran into Blanco & up 3 or 4 flights & back down again & booked it ... read more
Plaza de España
Ham everything.
Things that could be done

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork December 19th 2013

For those of you receiving email updates about my blog from subscribing when I was in Papua New Guinea, I'm now in Ireland! I figured I would keep the blogging going. My brother, David, is doing a master's program in Edinburgh, Scotland, and so I figured I would go spend a week in Ireland before heading over to Edinburgh for Christmas. If you aren't interested in non-PNG blogs, then I recommend unsubscribing from the email list. First impression of Ireland: holy green. Ireland certanly lives up to is reputation of being green. I noticed the grass as we were landing in the plane. Everything is growing. Trees and even steel bridges and sidewalks have all manner of green lichens and mosses growing bountifully. In the moss on the trees ferns can sometimes be found sproutng. After ... read more
Some swans at a butcher in the English Market
Cork
Staircase in St. Anne's Church

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork October 20th 2013

The weather looked promising when we woke after a good night’s sleep and we hope that it continues for the day as our plan is to drive down to the coast south of Cork and explore the coastline. The roundabouts in Ireland are even more confusing than those in England where you have to get into the right lane for exiting the roundabout or you will get tooted at if you get it wrong and obviously put yourself at risk of getting rammed! And the one at the hotel that we had to negotiate to get on our way was a doosy as it went under a main highway and had 4 sets of traffic lights in it to add to the need for concentration. It took us two attempts to get in the right lane ... read more
Some brave hikers on the headland
The coastline north from the Old Head of Kinsale
The headland with the golf course on

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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork October 19th 2013

We are missing the toaster! Breakfast is just not quite the same without hot buttered toast with jam or peanut butter. We have had to make do with croissants after our muesli, fruit and yogurt and it’s not quite the same. So that’s something we are looking forward to, other than seeing the family and friends in the flesh again when we get back home. We are not having quite the luck we need with the weather at the start of the day and this morning it is raining again although thankfully the forecast is for the rain to clear. Today we are heading inland to the small town of Millstreet on the trail of my great, great grandfather Michael Mahony to try and put some missing pieces in the ancestry puzzle on my late mother’s ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 31st 2013

Well the typical Irish weather has caught up to us big time. It is cold, windy, and boy is it raining. This is definitely not a passing shower. We are off to county Clare to see the Cliffs of Mohr. These are the cliffs of insanity in "The Princess Bride". The weather is insanity too. The wind is whipping and the rain feels like little knives. As we approached the cliffs, we entered the visitor's center. I see many pictures of puffins. Puffins must come to this location! I begin to get excited, and cry. The thought that puffins might be nearby is overwhelming. Background: I absolutely love puffins. They are the cutest Arctic birds. Alas, as we make our way to the cliffs; I start to come down to the realization that no bird is ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 7th 2013

Docked in Cobh (Cove) Ireland, this morning early, a bit on the chilly side but as the day progressed warmed up very nicely, top of 25, 26. We have been so lucky with the weather, the locals said it was the hottest summer day they have had for years!!! Met by Mike from Paddy Wagon Tours and taken direct to Blarney Castle before everyone arrived first up the castle and had a great view over the estate, NO did not kiss theBlarney Stone, YUK! Then had a walk around Blarney, went to the Woollen Mills and then drove onto Kinsale which is a pretty little harbour town en route went through some beautiful farming country, (very, very green and lush) had the most yummy seafood chowder in the pub and a pint of Murphy's (Muz, it ... read more
COBH HARBOUR
BLARNEY CASTLE
KINSALE

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 24th 2013

We arrive in Dublin to a very cool and overcast day! 12C. Quick processing through custom with a delightful agent who set a fabulously friendly tone for our time here. We opted for a GPS unit with the rental car as Trev's memory of streets etc is very faint. Off we go to Trev's uncle & aunt's house. 37 year old memory was accurate and he remembered their address! Wonderful warm welcome and great 4 hour walk down memory lane. Plugged in the address for our stop in Cork and promptly disagreed with the GPS. We knew we were heading south and it told us to go on M50 north!! So our disagreement resulted in a 2 hour trip taking 3.5 hours and a wonderful, if somewhat longer, drive down the east coast of souther Ireland ... read more
Dublin Family
Jet lag
Fiona Savard

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 20th 2013

I woke up and started my way on my last trip in Ireland. I cannot believe this all went by so fast. Randi and I took a bus to Cork and caught a bus to Blarney from there. As we walked onto the castle grounds, I was amazed at the flower and scenery. I am so glad that I didn't visit until now, when the flowers were in bloom. We followed a river to the castle to make our way up to the infamous Blarney Stone. On the side of the castle was the entrance to the dungeons. The area was very small and there wasn't enough room to stand up. I wonder how they used it as a dungeon. As we walked through the castle, we got to see all the different rooms and the ... read more
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle




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