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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney August 23rd 2011

After arriving in Waterford by rail, we checked into our hotel and headed straight to the pub recommended by the fellow who picked us up at the side of the road and took us to the train station. What started out as a rough day turned into a great afternoon and evening. Waterford is another great town, rich in history with invasions by Vikings, Anglo-Normans, and various British monarchs over the centuries. The people are also amazing, as, we are discovering, they seem to be throughout this country. We hung around the town for a couple of days, while a new vehicle was transported to us. Once we finally got it, we headed toward the southwest coast, via Cork and Blarney. Of course, I just had to kiss that Blarney Stone. Other than being a bit ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Mallow August 23rd 2011

August 23rd -- Day Three -- Blarney Castle Today, I did one of those bucket list items -- I kissed the Blarney Stone! Not sure if I will be given the gift of eloquence as promised, but it did give my back a great stretch. We toured the grounds and the castle. I especially enjoyed the fairy garden. You can see how stories of leprechauns and fairy-folk came from this land, every step one takes opens up another delight for the eye. Just a magical place!... read more
Residence - Blarney Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Mallow August 22nd 2011

August 22nd -- Day Two -- Our 3Oth Wedding Anniversary Mediaeval castles are wonderful to visit, but there are reasons why we no longer live in them (see wedding preparations). However, if you want to celebrate something special, I highly recommend them! In the morning David and I woke to a wonderful breakfast complete with champagne and orange juice. We spent a lovely afternoon on the grounds of a former estate. I love the trees in Ireland. Patrick told us the Yew trees at the castle are thought to be between 600 to 800 years old. The trees on the estate included sycamore, chestnut, Birch, Fir and Oak. I have to wonder if there has ever been a massive forest fire in this land. The weather on this day was warm, but not hot. There was ... read more
King & Queen outside their "Summer Home"
The King & Queen w/ the "Hagget Sisters"

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Mallow August 21st 2011

Finally have some time and a relatively decent internet connection so I can update my travel log. I will post our fabulous week in Ireland and time in England over several posts rather than one long post. I can’t possibly write everything I’ve seen or thought, but I will give some highlights. August 21st -- Day One -- Blackwater Castle Spent the day getting familiar with our surroundings. Patrick, the owner of the castle, is a natural-born story teller. His love and passion for the castle and the history of the area were evident and I wish I had had more time to listen to his tales. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Mallow August 21st 2011

Our home for a week -- a castle! Really! A real castle -- large, cold, grey, old .... If one is looking for a 5-star hotel, this is not the place. However, if one is looking for a truly unique experience, this is it. The oldest part of the castle was built in the 12th century and has been added to over the succeeding centuries -- I don’t think they had home renovation shows back then. There’s even a place in the tower that houses a pagan fertility rock where women would go to ask the Gods to bless their union with children. I think Karen is booked for an appointment with the rock. So many things to do, so many things I to write ... no internet at the castle, and there is that wedding. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Cork July 31st 2011

Made it down from Dublin on the train. Definitely the way to go. A little more expensive than the aircoach but quicker and very easy. Excellent ride. Arrived in Cork and staying near downtown so I had a day or two to check things out. A few nice church tours, toured an old prison and took in the sites in Cork. Had time for a pint or two also.... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Cork July 15th 2011

Day 27 Friday 15th July 2011. Portrush to Ballycastle Departed 0600 and arrived 0950. We had a lovely passage under the Causeway cliffs and past Sheep island into Ballycastle……’at the ould Lamas fair boys were you ever there? Where you ever at the fair in Ballycastle O!’ We had no wind and so we motored with the tide this twenty mile hop. We tied on to a pontoon before the harbour master, John Morton, beckoned us in to the marina. We tied up and had chat with him. Then we both tried to catch up on sleep before having a look about the town. It has lots of hardware stores…..! Sally got a haircut, we had a few coffees, shower (again no charge) and then back to the boat. The forecast for the next few days ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney July 6th 2011

So internet the past few days has been almost nonexistant. But, I did blog those days, and am now posting what I've blogged. Day 2 of driving - SO much better than Day 1. We only had to stop and ask for directions once (at a rather shady looking gas station - although my Mom assured me that the man working there was extremely nice). Today's goal was to leave County Waterford, head into County Cork, and ultimately end in the town of Kinsale for the next two nights. Along the way, we had two castles to visit - Cahir Castle, and (of course!) Blarney Castle. Cahir Castle is in Cahir, and was built in 1124. It is one of the largest castles in Ireland that is still standing today. We spent about 30 minutes walking ... read more
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Poison Garden

Europe » Ireland » County Cork June 23rd 2011

This is the 1st ‘episode’ of another of 'our' travel experiences. The collective ‘episodes’ describe our journey from our arrival in London (2nd week of June) and across the 'ditch' to Ireland for a few weeks before a return home in mid July. This ‘episode’ describes our few days in London, and our first fortnight in Ireland. As always, if you want to 'see' more detail in an accompanying picture, click it to enlarge. We've attached a few pics that give you a flavour of our journey, and some 'flow over' past the dialogue. Ahhhh, it's like being home again. There is something about London that is so appealing. Yes, it's a 'world' city with all the hubbub and 'buzz' that that implies. Yes, most speak a dialect of English, and after m... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Baltimore June 19th 2011

Set off from Baltimore at 0900 and arrive Castletownbere at 1630. Sally and I arrived at the mooring about 0630 and brought her in to the small pontoon were we loaded on the gear. We had no wind and had to motor the whole way in sunshine. We went out around Cape Clear and rounded Mizzen in fairly calm conditions. Passed Sheeps head and then tried unsuccessfully to catch a few fish for dinner bit there were no bites.....It was a warm sunny day but no wind and constant motoring made it a bit tiresome.. Motored in through Pipers Sound and tied up at the main fishing wharf on to a raft of five other boats..... we made the obligatory visit to McCarthys Bar to watch the tail end of the Clare - Tip hurling game ... read more

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