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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
Ship after several mooring lines deployed
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
Our room.
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

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

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 September 22nd 2018

After a really rough night we were relieved to find conditions much smoother on arrival at Cobb. Some staff said it was the roughest weather they’ve ever seen, but all was calm and serene as we motored into Cobh Harbour. After a quick brekky in La Terraza we joined our coach on the dock for our 1 1/2 hour drive to Cahir (pronounced care). We also saw Lismore Castle along the way, the Irish Home of the Dukes of Devonshire. The 9th Duke of Devonshire was married to Fred Astaire’s sister, and she lived there until her death in 1981. We’ll be visiting Chatsworth, their English Home, when we return to England next week. First featured stop was a guided tour of Cahir Castle. This castle now belongs to the government because the last owner had ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cobh August 19th 2018

Today was our last full day in Ireland and we spent it at Cobh which is pretty much Cork Harbour, located 20 minutes away from Downtown Cork. Cobh of course was known as Queenstown in 1912 before 1916 independence and is most famous for the last port of call of the Titanic and the closest port to where the Lusitania was sunk by a German U boat torpedo in 1916. There is a memorial to the victims of the Lusitania in the town square and the Cunard building is still standing which is where the survivors were brought to. But tourism in this town is centred around the Titanic and in particular the 154 people who boarded the ship in Cobh of which only 44 survived. Amazingly the town of Cobh was visited by a huge ... 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 » Blarney August 17th 2018

After a slow start to the day we eventually made our way to Blarney Castle, around a 20 minute drive from Kelvin and Olivia’s house. Blarmey Castle of course is best known for the Blarmey Stone which has the “proven” ability to bestow Eloquence on any mere mortal who puckers up to it. There is much folklore about the origins of the Blarmey Stone, some say it is a piece of the Stone of Scone given to Ireland by Robert the Bruce for providing 5,000 soldiers for defeat of the English at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314 but the best story is that of the Chieftan of the Castle who was going through some personal issues happened to come across a fairy in his garden who told him there is a stone in his castle ... read more
Blarmey Castle
Blarmey Castle
Blarmey Castle

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

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