Blogs from Cork, County Cork, Ireland, Europe - page 6


Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork March 3rd 2011

I went on a chaplaincy trip here a few weekends ago and it was so beautiful! Gougane Barra is an early monastic site where St. Fin Barre supposedly lived and Ballyvourney houses St. Gobnait's holy well! I haven't put anything up for a while, so hopefully I'll get pictures from Stockholm up soon!... read more
Clear Skies
Baby River

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork March 2nd 2011

My friends and I rented a cottage in Dingle a few weekends back. There were 11 of us in total and we went horseback riding Saturday afternoon and sat around the fire in the cottage watching movies like Top Gun, Mean Girls, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off in the evening. It was a really nice low-key weekend. There were very few people in Dingle. A lot of the houses there are vacation homes only used in the summer. It offers (much like the rest of Ireland) a very idyllic landscape. A lot of my pictures are from the shipyard that my roommate Hannah and I stopped in. I'm going to Dublin tomorrow for a Decemberist's Concert. I think its really ironic that a I'm going to see The Decemberists in Dublin, Ireland even though the lead ... read more
Vacation Homes
Quilted Mountain
Something I Found

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork February 13th 2011

OKAY! I finally got all my pictures uploaded and titled. I hope you like them! I went on a weekend trip to the Ring of Kerry which is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Ireland. We stayed in Cahirciveen at a great hotel and the food was amazing! The weather was very Irish -- it rained and was foggy the whole weekend, but what can you do? That's County Kerry in Winter! We also heard from a lot of local people who told us about life in the area. A farmer from Valentia Island told us about how he is turning some of his property into a tourist attraction. Farming is becoming less and less profitable, and tourism is becoming the main economic driver. We met Maurice Fitzgerald, a famous Gaelic Football player. He taught ... read more
Irish Wolfhounds
Peat Stack
Fuel for the FIre

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork February 1st 2011

First Weekend away from Dublin So this past weekend, Trinity sponsored a trip for the international students to Cork, Ireland. It is the second largest city in Ireland and famous for the Blarney Castle, the Blarney Stone, and the Jameson Distillery. We paid 80 euro and got our hostel, breakfast, the bus there and back, the bus to and from all our activities, and entrance to all of them so it more than paid for itself! We left Friday night and got there just in time to go to a local pub and get adjusted. I went to sleep pretty early though since I am still sick. Saturday morning we got up early, had breakfast, and headed out to Blarney. It was SO much fun! My friends and I walked around the castle, went exploring in ... read more
So pretty
Kissing the Blarney Stone
view from castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork January 30th 2011

I walked around the city recently to see what landmarks and scenes I could find. Cork is constantly revealing more and more beauty to me - all I have to do is step outside. I toured County Kerry (the country gem of Ireland) this coming soon! Also, I've started booking tickets to other fabulous places! Got my tickets to London and Munich! But that means I officially have to start budgeting, so any good tips on how to not spend money would be appreciated!... read more
Quiet River
Are All These Bridge Pictures Really Necessary?

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork January 23rd 2011

I went on a weekend trip to Galway with six friends. We had such a great time! We went on a bus tour to the Cliffs of Moher - one of Ireland's most famous attractions - and also explored the Neolithic tomb called the Poulnabrone, or "Hole of Sorrows," and the Aillwee Cave underneath the Burren. (All the pictures with this post are from the Galway getaway) One of my nights in Galway was dedicated to following the advice of my dear cousin Kevin McCutcheon and I spent a few hours in the Crane Bar. There were two amazing trad (traditional music) sessions going on, one upstairs and one down. My friends and I watched the session upstairs and all of the sudden one patron started tap dancing by the band! Soon after, a cake was ... read more
Flower Window
The Organ
Stained Light

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork January 9th 2011

On Saturday I went on a heritage trip with UCC Chaplaincy. We went for a day trip to explore Youghal in County Cork and Ardmore in Waterford. Youghal is a medieval town where Oliver Cromwell permanently left Ireland from. It used to be the 2nd most important port in the British Empire. We saw the Clock Gate which served as a short term prison for those who were to be hanged. The hangings also took place from the Clock Gate. Another attraction in Youghal is St.Mary's Collegiate Church. It was built in the 12th century and parts of it are still original. It is still in use today as a Protestant church, although it was originally established as a Catholic church. Around the church was a large cemetery bordered by the original city wall. There was ... read more
Moby Dick
Cromwell's Arch
The Clock Gate

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork January 5th 2011

I spent the day walking around the city. Cork is a wonderful place to explore on foot; you never know what you'll find! Everyone here has been so kind and helpful. I live in a great location with everything I need well within walking distance. I miss all my friends, family, and loved ones back home but I'm so glad to have the opportunity to live in such an interesting place. School has unofficially started this week, but I still have to figure out when and where my classes are. I really appreciate the University of Montana's class scheduling system right now! The good thing is that everyone at the school is really laid back, so I'm not panicking just yet! When I finally get registered I hope to take Irish Folklore, Geography of Ireland:1660-1960, Geological ... read more
St.Peter and Paul's
St.Peter and Paul's
Inside St.Peter and Paul's

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork November 7th 2010

Yesterday, my mom and I went on another Paddywagon adventure! This time we went to Cobh, Kinsale, and Blarney. Cobh is a beautiful sea-town. We are lucky because the weather there was still sunny this morning! It is the 2nd largest natural harbour in the world (Sydney is the largest). It was also the last port of call for the Titanic. After getting some great photos, it started raining so we took refuge in a little antique shop. The woman had a vinyl record player, and we had a lengthy discussion about how they are making a come back. (I had no idea, but i guess a lot of today's artists are now recording Vinyl as well as CD's). Kinsale is a neat town we stopped in for lunch. WE saw many sailboats, as well as ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork November 7th 2010

Thank you for the Birthday Wishes!!! I could not have asked for a more fabulous time! My mother and I took advantage of the complimentary breakfast at the hotel (It is immaculate, they have any type of breakfast food you could wish for -salmon, scones, muffins, yogurt, eggs, ect)! We went to the Cliffs of Moher, which were absolutely breath-taking. We booked the tour through "Paddywagon" company (they can be recognized by their use of bright green vans! Our tour guide was pretty funny, and very knowledgeable about the area. He found out it was my birthday and put a candle in a cupcake for me. When we returned to Cork, my roommates and a few friends had balloons and a cake waiting!! (I really lucked out with Roommates-3 American gals who are really down to ... read more

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