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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork June 18th 2023

Today was a long drive day with 4 hours of driving and 5 sights to see. First of all, we started at Dunguaire Castle , built in 1520, and mostly as it was originally. The 4 different floors were staged as it would have been for a different century with the ground representing the 20th century, first level representing the 19th and 18th centuries, the third floor the 17th century and the top floor the 16th century. The castle sits on the picturesque shores of Galway bay. Our next stop was Limerick where most of the stores where closed on Sunday as the whole town was attending a Gaelic Football match between Limerick and Tipperary, given their proximity to each other, it may have been a grudge match. Having now completed most of the driving we ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork May 23rd 2022

We are back in Dublin as I write this entry, but I remember it very clearly. The day started with and early breakfast, pretty much the first ones there so everything was freshly put out. I even dared the sunny side up eggs, they were actually pretty ok. I drank three cups of coffee and got one to go as I needed to be alert for the first part of the trip. We picked up our rental car from Europcar just down the street from our hotel. The credit card was supposed to cover the insurance, but Ireland is one of the few countries, not covered, along with Italy (which I understand because they drive crazy), Israel (I have an idea why) and Jamaica. Long story short, we paid for all of the insurance. Renting the ... read more
The View from St  Anne
River Lee

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork October 2nd 2018

First full day in Ireland! Did a long, enjoyable walking tour of the city of Cork that ended with a great dinner out. Started our walk on the University College Cork campus, right next to the neighborhood where we are staying in a B&B. Beautiful and historic place, including the Main Quad, the student chapel, and a museum of ancient stones etched with the first records of the Irish language. Walked toward the city center and saw St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the River Lee that runs through Cork and around the island that’s the old town area, and the famous English Market. Wonderful place! Especially the fish market part! Heavenly aromas! Many of the good restaurants in Cork source their foods, especially the fish and seafood, from the market. Browsed a great bookstore for an hour, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork September 1st 2018

Over to see (and meet) D'Neices.... This trip to meet Eva! So I've just got home and decided to have a few days over in Cork to visit my sister Diane and her family. Diane has had another wee girl since I last saw her and I'm dying to meet her and see Amber and Anna again. Staying at Diane's which is a stunning place, and day trips around Cork, drives out to the beach and some sight seeing. What a beautiful trip, man it's nice to be home. ... read more
The girls
Beach walk

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork August 18th 2018

We spent the day with Kevin, Olivia and family in Wintergrasshill which included a visit to the neighbouring Farmhouse Restaurant for lunch with Kevin‘s mother Bridget, her brother Robert and grandson Conner. A grand time was had by all around the lunch table as we indulged in an organic feast as all food prepared in the restaurant (meats and vegetables) are grown on the property. We then took a walk around the farm checking out the diverse array of animals from Emu’s to Shetland Pony’s to Deer which culminated in a walk through the fairy forest, home to a number of fairies who have carved their homes into the tree trunks. Sounds like Port Adelaide you may say but its not. Bridget, Robert and Conner then returned with us to Kevin and Olivia’s house where we ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork August 13th 2018

After a bit of a sleep in, Tish, Olivia and Andrew travelled to Cork City to spend the day checking out the cosmopolitan city centre as well as some fantastic old architecture. Highlight was an indoor market which commenced trading in 1788, the same year Australia was settled by the First Fleet And included a fish market with some mighty strange looking fish Australia. After some retail therapy and a visit to the Cork tourist information office, we checked out some of Cork’s oldest pubs many of which have live music in the evenings. In the late afternoon we stopped at one of those trendy old pubs which had been converted from a pharmacy and indulged in a meat & cheese platter plus a salmon patty platter washed down with some sauvigon blanc. Before long, it ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork May 3rd 2018

What a day of contrasts; from the cleanliness, orderliness and busyness of Killarney, to the ruggedness, wildness and coldness of the Gap of Dunloe on the edge of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountain range) with its fast flowing streams, numerous crags, lakes, waterfalls and zig-zagging narrow roads to Kenmare and its environmental and town beauty, Skibbereen on the banks of the river Ilen and surrou...nded by numerous small farms, Glengariff, tucked away in a thickly wooded slope right down to its inlet; Leap, a small fishing village, Clonakilty with its cheerfully painted buildings and with its numerous pubs through to Brandon and onto the old city of Cork on the River Lee, and sadly, its down-and-outs and rushing from here to there; the constant throughout the day … drizzle, low cloud and mist. The photos ... read more
Weather closing in.
Over flowing lake.
Very cold.

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 21st 2017

We arrived in Ballyvolane, Cork that evening. Bobbi was out on the road playing with her friends and waved us in as we drove into the estate. Sinead and Dineen welcomed us and we hung out for a while, getting settled in and sorted. We had the option of going out for dinner or staying in and getting a takeaway; we jumped at the chance of a takeaway as we were so tired and fancied a night in. We had our takeaway and a few beers and played the Game of Life. Bobbi had a pizza and dipped in and out of the game but was more concerned with Grace. Every time she woke, Bobbi would wheel her up and down in the buggy so we didn't have to get up once! We had a great ... read more
Chilling out
Bobbi and Grace
Kinsale: Grace's house

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork April 12th 2017

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 ... read more
Paul's Market
The Garnish B&B
Downtown Cork

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork August 10th 2016

Best part of our stay in Cork was visiting the Blarney Castle in well the town of Blarney. They did a very good job and had more stuff to do other than just visit the castle. We kissed the stone and gained elegancy and went walking through the gardens. We decided to be thrifty and walk to Blarney. Its a one and a half hour walk outside of Cork (one way). Enjoy the pictures.... read more

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