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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 🤪.
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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
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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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Europe » Ireland » County Cork August 12th 2019

August 12, 2019 Cobh, Ireland While at breakfast this morning, I happened to look out the window. As I sat looking, I noticed a seagull floating on the water backwards following the current. The bird took flight went back to the original starting point clumsily flopped back onto the water and floated backwards, this, the bird did at LEAST a dozen times. RIDING THE CURRENT! Cowabunga, DUDE! Hey…even seagulls gotta live in the moment. AMIRIGHT?! Make your own amusement, I say!! We came alongside very early this morning and neither of us felt a thing. Smooth as silk. Our plans are to take the train into Cork, see some sights then head back to Cobh, have a walk around and then get back on the ship. The train ride was quick. It runs every half hour ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork June 3rd 2019

By Monday, June 3 we had travelled from Connemara to the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry to Killarney. This was a great tour! We were definitely seeing all of Ireland's highlights as the trip had advertised. The weather was variable; luckily we had another sunny morning at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, but rain and fog continued to pursue and finally enclose us like clockwork at least every afternoon. Killarney was my favorite city in Ireland. Our hotel, the Killarney Towers Hotel, was right in the middle of town, jammed in among pubs, shops and restaurants, offering us the freedom to walk around in that city whenever we wanted, daytime or night; everything was right there close at hand. Diagonally across the street from our hotel was a chocolate shop with a most ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney May 9th 2019

Day 10 Today was a sight seeing day, after our appointment with Christy Keating, a Genealogy tracker that helps you locate documents for people you think are ancestors, then on to the Blarney Castle. The day began with a cruise ship blowing it’s horn to announce I am here. It was so long, I couldn’t get all of it in on my phone camera. We watched them tie up to the dock, and then went to breakfast in the hotel restaurant. After breakfast, we visited with another couple from Ohio, that were going to do some sight seeing today. They were leaving today and were planning to see the Quiet Man museum and on to their next stop. We had tickets to the Cobh Heritage Center and Museum, where our meeting with Christy Keating was, at ... read more
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Cobh Heritage Center and Museum
Gail, Christy, Michael and Richard Keating

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cobh May 8th 2019

Day 09 Today was exciting, in that we were on the trail of some family members dating from late 1800’s to 1900’s. Gail, Mike’s wife, has gathered much information from public census records, immigration records, deportation notices, marriage records, some death records, family notes on several DNA sites where users have entered family information. After breakfast, we headed for Cork, where the many of the family lived. We thought we would check some churches which might have records that are not online. We found the church were several of the family were baptized, but today is Wednesday, and the office is open Tuesday and Thursday. I don’t think they would have many records, since most records were burned during uprisings, or conquering attempts. St. Fin Barre’s church is where my Great Grandmother and father went to ... read more
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Dinner in the hotel
St. Fin Barre's South Church

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Kinsale October 4th 2018

Headed out this morning on a brilliant walking tour of historic Kinsale by local Barry Moloney. Amusing, delightful, and highly informative. Points of interest included the Lusitania graveyard in this quaint historic town. After the tour, took a long walk around Compass Hill, with a breathtaking view of the harbor and James Fort and Charles Fort. Walked back around the harbor to our place for refreshment before heading out tonight for dinner and some music Great seafood for dinner at Jim Edwards — oven roasted salmon and pan seared hake — followed by a couple of stops at pubs for some traditional music sessions.... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Kinsale October 3rd 2018

After checking out of our Cork B&B this morning, we drove south to Kinsale, a town on a beautiful harbor that opens up to the Atlantic Ocean. We arrived about two hours early at our recently renovated vintage cottage — originally dates back to about 1840 — so we decided to take a long walk out to the historic Charles Fort. Toured the fort, strategically built to protect the harbor, then headed back and stopped for lunch at a cool neighborhood pub, Bulman's. Sharon’s cream of butternut squash soup was heavenly. Checked, moved, and settled in at our place high on a bluff in the Scilly neighborhood — yes, indeed, it’s pronounced Silly — then walked around town to get oriented, check out restaurants and pubs, and pick up a few breakfast and lunch groceries. Had ... read more
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