Blogs from Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland, Europe

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Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny September 14th 2013

Note: In this blog are a total of 45 photos. Go to bottom of this page and click on Photos. Finally arrived to one of the countries we've wanted to visit for years - Ireland. We've wanted to visit Ireland especially after seeing the movie Leap Year which was filmed totally in Ireland. Our flight took us 7 hours before landing in Dublin Ireland. Not a bad flight but getting a few hours of sleep was important as we landed at 7:00 am and hit the road with our rental car out of Dublin. You would know it that we would catch the Dublin rush hour traffic on a Tuesday morning. Good planning!!?? So we had a crash course in re-learning to drive on the left side of the road and all that goes with it ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny August 1st 2013

Last night I learned some Irish step dancing. I knew it was difficult, but didn't know it was this hard. After a little bit, I get it down. We are a large group and its a small room, so we all get pretty hot. At least I got a cardio workout. Then, the professionals danced a bit for us. They were amazing, what talent! Then as we were leaving the pub, we could see that it was raining. I didn't bring my raincoat. The bartender was outside too and ran back in to get me an umbrella. I told him it was okay, that I didn't have far to walk. He insisted I take it; while making fun my of high pitched voice. The people of Ireland are so friendly and treat you as if you've ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 22nd 2013

We have no internet here in Callan so doing the Blog is being done in Word then copied when I get a connection. We also discovered that our European plug does not work in their sockets and we need it for the phone, the computer, the e-reader, and the camera. What a pain charging things up is – a cord for this, a cord for that. Today we got an Irish plug each so we now have a NZ plug to a European plug to an Irish plug, plugged into each other. For internet we will have to take our computers to somewhere in Callan to get a connection. Callan is the nearest town about 4 kilometres from the cottage. It is a very old town and celebrated it’s 800th Anniversary in 2008. It is mainly ... read more
Waving from the top of the tower
Stained glass window in the Black Abbey

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny December 29th 2011

Seriously, can you go to Kilkenny without at least one South Park reference? I mentioned previously that I had ventured out to see a bit of Kilkenny while my husband and brother practiced dying (this is the Todd puking in the bushes timetable). I took the map that Rhoda at Rosquil had given me and stood on the street, sun getting ready to set prominently off to my right (aka a clear indication of direction) and did my best to head the wrong way to get myself into town. For someone who makes maps for a living, I have to be one of the crappiest navigators on Earth. I have complete and total map-reading dyslexia. Not something I list on my resume. This problem, while traveling in Ireland, turned out to be an early introduction to ... read more
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I told him to look like he was having a good time
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Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny December 23rd 2011

In order to get to the Ireland part of this blog I have to take everyone backwards a few days in order to fully appreciate the circumstances of our trip. I have had dysentary in Nepal, food poisoning in Costa Rica, a contaminated lassi in Thailand, and too much crappy wine in Morocco, all of which make one feel pretty awful. What could be safer than a trip to Ireland? Getting to Ireland meant a Christmas visit to New York where my mom and her husband had bravely volunteered to watch my two kids and my brother's daughter for the week while we went wandering. The first step was getting to New York. It started out with low expectations and downright dread, a red-eye flight with a three year old who, during her best moments, still ... read more
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passageway in Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle

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Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny October 24th 2011

LANDED IN DUBLIN 13 OCT. After a very small amount of sleep on the flight from Chicago, we picked up our rental car at 10AM. So, now Mike is driving on the left side of the road, shifting manual tranny with his right hand, and we need to get out of the city. Well, we did it and arrived in Kilkenny very early in the afternoon. Only once did we have to turn around. Stayed at Ashbrook House, a beautiful B&B about 6 miles out of town. Our hosts graciously allowed us to check in early. Took a little walk down the lane. Needed to do what we could to stay awake until dark. Had a fine steak dinner at Paddy's just down the road from the B&B, then heavenly sleep until 8 the next morning. ... read more
Kilkenny Castle
Kissing the Blarney Stone
Wish granted?

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 28th 2011

Day 13: I keep on meaning to discuss the people on the tour. Most of the people are very friendly. We have one person on the tour that nobody can stand but that is it. I am not having too much trouble with the party reputation the tour company has. There are a few people who are happy to not party and return to the hotel at an early enough time (like myself). The tour guide warned us about the Contiki cough at the start of the tour and many people have fallen victim to the cough. Myself, I haven't got the cough but, I do have a bit of throat thing going on-nothing too serious, just a tinkle in the throat. The Internet wasn't free yesterday so I didn't use it. Today was free thankfully. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny June 17th 2011

We’ve just visited four places – two stunningly scenic, two disturbingly urban. From Westport we drove out to Achill Island, Ireland’s largest offshore island (although not far offshore, as the bridge to it is only about 50 metres long). We drove along Atlantic Drive, another winding, undulating, potholed goat track, complete with wandering sheep, stones marking out the most dangerous of the drops off the side of the road and –amazingly – a lone jogger out in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and spectacular views of the Atlantic coast as well. Heading up toward Derry, through country that becomes less green and picturesque and more stony and rugged as you travel north, we stopped at Donegal for a look around, then Slieve League to see the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Slieve League is fantastic, although ... read more
Slieve League
Derry Mural
Giant's Causeway

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny May 12th 2011

This morning, i got up bright and early, enjoyed a free breakfast at my hostel, and caught a train from Dublin to Kilkenny! Why Kilkenny, you ask? I don't really know, to be honest. this "Ireland in one week" part of the guide book i have said to go to Kilkenny, and since i really only knew a few things i wanted to do, i figured i'd go to Kilkenny for s's & g's. Weeelll Kilkenny probably wouldn't be on my personal "week of Ireland" list, but I found a way to make it more than worth it : ) To be fair, Kilkenny is such a quaint, picturesque Irish town that I can't complain too much :P There's not much to see in the city proper in terms of landmarks or specific sites. There's Kilkenny ... read more
Kilkenny Castle
on the road to Kells!
made it in one piece!

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny May 10th 2011

Kilkenny is a medieval town south of Dublin. There was supposed to be an interesting castle to explore…we had a lot of trouble finding it. There were a lot of churches, however, each one we thought was the castle! We basically wandered aimlessly around the town looking for this castle…we did finally find it…looks a bit like Buckingham Palace, but don’t tell the locals that. Had a terrific lunch at this small café…mushroom soup, irish brown bread, and a blueberry muffin with fresh cream. It started to rain so we left Kilkenny to find Ennis, the starting point of our first day of biking tomorrow. We chose to take the scenic route…took three hours! Geoff drove, Brian navigated, and I napped in the back seat and snapped an occasional photo. The sky became gloomy and it ... read more
Church Cemetary Gate
Church wall effigy
Kilkenny Castle




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