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Published: April 12th 2017
North Bull Island
With sawgrass in the foreground and Howth in the background, the beach along the island was well worth exploring.
Raheny is a small village about 15 miles north of Dublin. It has a population of about 3000 but its location to Dublin via train, which is about 3 mins from our B&B, and the village of Howth could provide some advantages such as reasonable rent and access to hiking along the coast. Yesterday, Kathy and I hiked around Raheny including the coastal area along North Bull Island. Between North Bull Island and St Annes park, we were able to get in about 15 miles. St Annes park was simply amazing for a small village. It is about half the size of Central Park in NYC yet borders the coast making it a simply wonderful place to hike. My dogs were howling. After a tour around the village to check out the amenities, we had dinner in Raheny before heading back to the B&B.
This morning we headed to downtown Dublin via the DART to catch the bus to Cork. As before, the strike thwarted our travel plans and we had to hot-foot it to the train station to catch the Irish Rail to Cork. We must have asked directions from 5 different people before finding the correct train station.
Lots of shops and groceries in downtown Cork market area. I was really hoping to run into Paul.
Not having Internet or a data package to look up information is a problem that we are always battling. This has caused us to problem solve on the fly and we have found that we are pretty good at it. Kathy is always asking "Where are we?" and I tell her "I don't know. I can't look at a map...remember?"
After a two and a half hour train ride through the heartland of Ireland, we arrived in Cork. A quick cab ride and an upgrade in our B&B, Kathy and I found ourselves walking in the downtown area of Cork. This is a market area with all sorts of shops and markets. After a number of times around the same block, Kathy said "I didn't realize that there would be so many Burger Kings in Cork, particularly downtown." I didn't mention to her it was the same Burger King. After a stop at the market for dinner, we had a couple of Murphy beers at a pub on the way home. Murphy's is Corks answer to Guinness in Dublin. A little more hoppy and not quite as smooth, Kathy and I agree that we liked Guinness better.
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