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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 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

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 24th 2016

Afslapning Jeg ankom til Cork hen på eftermiddagen. Jeg gik direkte mod mit hostel. Receptionen lå i deres bar, hvilket var lidt interessant. Jeg ved ikke hvorfor, men jeg ender altid på den øverste etage eller det føles i hvert fald sådan. Jeg savner Eas rygsæk SÅ meget!! Det er ti gange lettere at rejse med rygsæk end med kuffert. Det var et meget lille værelse, men jeg skulle jo hellere ikke tilbringe hele min tid på værelset. Jeg boede på værelse med to amerikanere og en franskmand. De var alle sammen rigtig søde. De to amerikanere Anna og Gretchen foreslog, at jeg kunne spise på The Sun of a Bun, så det gjorde jeg. Det fortrød jeg overhovedet ikke! Jeg fik en lækker veggie burger og en skøn øl til. Efter hovedretten fik jeg en ... read more
St. Mary og St. Anne's Katedral
St. Mary og St. Anne's Katedral

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 2nd 2016

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111The morning started with beautiful sunny weather. Our first outing was to the annual meeting of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, but on the way we stopped off at the Coffee House for a quick breakfast. It's the nearest place to get food, but we hadn't gone in before saving it for when we might be rushed or too tired to go farther. As it turned out, the coffee and croissants were delicious. We should have tried it sooner. The conference took place in St. Peters church on North Main taking about twenty minutes to walk there. We went, although the speakers did not seem to be particularly pertinent to Phil's research, because Lorna had insisted that we go paying for our ten euro registration fee. Phil did find the information about advertising ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 1st 2016

Geo: 51.8979, -8.47111This morning Philip left early again for the conference. He had a lunch meeting scheduled with one of the professional genealogists for one-on-one discussion and help with his research so we didn't plan to meet up until late in the afternoon.I did laundry again then went exploring the old city some more. I bought some t-shirts—one at the English market and 2 at the UCC student bookshop. I was able to visit the Boole Library, too, although Lorna had said that she didn't think they would let us in since it is only for students. There are no regular classes going on now, so not very many people were in the library. It seemed small for a university of its size, and they use Dewey which surprised me. Not very many universities in the ... read more
UCC Motto
Honan Chapel at UCC
Head of Adult Continuing Education at UCC

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