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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cobh October 1st 2022

1st October After the wet weather yesterday it was lovely to see the sunshine this morning as we made the journey from Belfast to Cobn. Another unexpected port of call as we had to cancel the Isle of Man. We arrived around mid day, the shore excursion team had put on a panoramic tour to Cork, at various times and we were able to join the first tour out at 12.30. No charge for the tour. As we left the port I remembered that heygo guide Dave Kavanagh had visited Cobn so it all looked quite familiar. It was about a 30 minute drive to Cork, a busy city on a Saturday with plenty of people out and about. We passed several interesting buildings, all well explained by our guide. We were dropped off not far ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Kinsale August 8th 2022

MON, 08 AUG 2022 – “Day 9: Sights of the Ring of Kerry and culinary delights in Kinsale - It’s bye-bye Dingle and hello to some of the sights of the Ring of Kerry; Have your phones fully charged to take photos of Moll’s Gap, Torc waterfall and Ross castle in Killarney National Park. Built in the 15th century, this stronghold is said to have a resident ghost, that of O’Donoghue Ross, the chieftain who came to an untimely end, when he allegedly fell out of one of its windows! Sightseeing and ghost-hunting over, it’s time for a spot of lunch in Kenmare, a village full of treacle scones, Guinness breads, quirky shops and curiosities. It’s off for our last night, (boohoo) and to historic Kinsale, a gourmet’s utopia. Head to The Spaniard, an olde world ... read more
On the Drive to Kinsale, Ireland
On the Drive to Kinsale, Ireland
Torc Waterfall – Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Europe » Ireland » County Cork July 18th 2022

July 18 This day started like all the others. We get up, get ready for the day, take our luggage to the bus, and go to breakfast. We always have appointed times to do all these things. I usually set an alarm on my phone so I’m not late to the bus. Today our goal was The Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, and overnight n Killarney. I enjoy the bus ride to and from places. Many people sleep, but not me…I’m too busy looking at everything and taking pictures. I also love listening to the guide. I try to take notes and then look up what he talked about once I’m in the hotel room. I take lots and lots of pictures. My philosophy has always been if I take a lot of pictures I ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Clonakilty June 17th 2022

Another day of sunshine! We had planned to drive around the Ring of Kerry today, before heading to our next stop about 2 hours drive away. I’m delighted to say though, that following a recommendation from Man with Donkey yesterday as well as one or two other people in Dingle, we changed our plan and did the Slea Head Drive instead. Slea Head is a promontory in the westernmost part of the Dingle Peninsula. National Geographic magazine once said it was the most beautiful place in the world; I’m not qualified to agree or disagree on that because I haven’t been everywhere else, but it is absolutely stunning! We had a yummy breakfast in Dingle Town, then headed off. As we left the town we spotted a Buddhist Monk who had been on the road near ... read more
The Three Sisters in the background
Feeding lambs

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 » Cobh March 5th 2022

Cobh is a beautiful, colourful town steeped in history in county Cork. The port, which has had three names was first called “Cove” in 1750. It was renamed by the British as “Queenstown” in 1849 to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria to Ireland. In 1921 when the Irish Free State was established the name was changed to Cobh, in its Irish form. One of the major transatlantic Irish ports, the town was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950. A beautiful day with blue skies overhead but with some sad stories about Cobn. The last port of call of that fatal voyage of Titanic in 1912. The history of immigration & deportation leaving from this famous port to different parts of ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 30th 2019

Well, I did it! I walked up the steps at Blarney Castle and I kissed the stone. I now have the gift of gab LOL. It wasn’t an easy feat, well to get my picture kissing the Blarney Stone. I had to climb a narrow tower, I hit the top of my head on a very old stone archway, I stood in line, I asked Carl (in our group) to capture my pic since I would be holding on to save my life. Kerry had told me when we planned this trip, to not expect him to climb to the top and kiss the stone soooo... Carl was going to take Anne’s pic (his wife) and he said he would take mine too... as we waited in line and we got closer I saw Kerry at ... read more
Carl’s pic of me preparing to kiss the stone ?.
Blarney Stone
Carl and Anne climbing to the Barney Stone

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cobh August 29th 2019

Donderdag 29/8/2019 – Bezoek aan Cobh (spreek uit als 'köf), klein stadje, met natuurlijke haven ten zuiden-oosten van Cork. Gedurende de hele emigratieperiode vertrokken van hieruit 2,5 miljoen van de 6 miljoen Ieren die tussen 1848 tot 1950 het land verlieten. Ook was deze haven de laatste aanlegplaats van de Titanic in 1912 waar de laatste passagiers bij inscheepten op zijn allerlaatste reis. In 1915 werd de SS.Lusitania hier op 16km van de kust door een Duitse U-boot gekelderd waarbij 1200 passagiers het leven lieten. Een vloot van reddingsboten van hieruit gelanceerd konden nog 761 opvarenden redden. Overal in het kleine stadje wordt men herinnerd aan deze 3 dramatisch historische toestanden. Zelfs het weer is hier triestig. Dreigende grijze wolken, veel wind en 18° die aanvoelen zoals decemberweer bij ons. Opwarming van het klimaat, niets van ... read more
Cobh - St Colman's Cathedral
Cobh - rij vissershuisjes
Cohb - zicht op de zee

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 28th 2019

Woensdag 28/8/2019 – Om 8.30 staat er een grote bus voor 50 personen klaar voor ons groepje van 16. Geen discussie dus van 'ik wil aan 't raam zitten'. Plaats zat ! Eerste stop Blarney Castle, een middeleeuwse versterkte woontoren in een 60 acres groot park. Alla plantentuin van Meise. De eerste bouw van het kasteel gaat terug tot 1210. Vooral bekend om zijn 'Kissing the Blarney Stone' om diplomatieke eloquentie te verwerven. Vereist wel een klim tot helemaal boven op de toren, om na een lange wachtrij, in acrobatische ruglig, gedeeltelijk door het hoogste middeleeuwse schijtgat van de woontoren, een steen in de buitenmuur te kussen. Nou moe ! Ik bekijk het wel van beneden. Tweede stop Cork. Al eens culturele hoofdstad van Europa. Maar dat was Mons ook al eens. Wel met een prachtige ... read more
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 18th 2019

August 18, 2019 – Cobh (Cork), Ireland – Weather: 64°F/18°C, clear sunny morning, mix of sun and cloud for the rest of the day, sprinkling of rain in am, wind 19.5 mph, humidity 59° As we entered the harbour of Cobh, pronounced Cov, and one of Ireland’s largest natural harbours the sky was clear and a full moon shone over our heads. Cobh serves as the port for Cork and the surrounding area. Cork, the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland, lies slightly inland on the banks of the River Lee and takes its name from corcaigh, the Gaelic word for marshy. From its origins in the 7thcentury through to the 19thcentury Cork has flourished as a merchant center. Cobh, as the port provided Cork with a gateway to the world’s markets. It also ... read more
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