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April 4th 2014
Published: April 4th 2014
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In a country where we quickly determined there was more scenic diversity than advertised we began our journey to the southwest and southern part of this fascinating land. Our trip was already two weeks old and we’d seen and experienced so much, it was almost difficult to imagine what we could find next that would match what we had already experienced. But we found it…..and more. Dingle ... Read Full Entry



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More countrysideMore countryside
More countryside

Always pleasing to the eye
MJ at the Smoke House Restaurant in KilarneyMJ at the Smoke House Restaurant in Kilarney
MJ at the Smoke House Restaurant in Kilarney

No worries.....peacock is not on the menu!!
Donoghue'sDonoghue's
Donoghue's

A pub in Cashel with a great name.
Headstones near the Rock of CashelHeadstones near the Rock of Cashel
Headstones near the Rock of Cashel

Most do not have markings
More countryside.....ahhMore countryside.....ahh
More countryside.....ahh

50 Shades of Green
Kilkenny CastleKilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle

One of the best we've seen
Traditional musicTraditional music
Traditional music

Kilkenny has numerous venues
Motorized trainMotorized train
Motorized train

Quick way to see Kilkenny
Ceiling at St. Canice CathedralCeiling at St. Canice Cathedral
Ceiling at St. Canice Cathedral

Wooden beams with no nails.
Doorway in KilkennyDoorway in Kilkenny
Doorway in Kilkenny

Many homes have fine entrances.
Another doorwayAnother doorway
Another doorway

Perhaps BBC 3 would like to do a special on these lovely entrances.
Brewery Corner in KilkennyBrewery Corner in Kilkenny
Brewery Corner in Kilkenny

Vibrant blue caught our eye.



4th April 2014

Yes there is lots of country side. I enjoyed seeing and reading all . You are two very lucky people
Keep on traveling and I will keep watching. Love Mildred
4th April 2014

Ireland
Mildred, we feel fortunate and will continue to travel. So happy you are following along! Wish you were here.
4th April 2014

Since it's so terribly cold and you guys have done your fair share of scenic drives, I think more (warmer) pub stops are in order. Cheers! ;)
4th April 2014

Pubs stops
Indeed the pubs are warm and we'll have a few more stops in them before we exit this lovely country. The past few days have been much warmer.....no complaints about that.
4th April 2014

Magic everywhere!
How lovely to be guided in your travels partly by the storyteller and the Travel Camel--great to be out of the book. And your evening with the locals at Dalton's sounds like a slice of true magic, as does the amount of sun you've had. May the luck of the Irish continue with you!
4th April 2014

Magic everywhere
We have been truly happy about the sun burst. Often it seems like it is a drizzly day until there is something we wanted to do or see and all of a sudden it clears up and the sun comes out. We do feel the luck of the Irish has been shining on us.
4th April 2014

Lakes House Killarney
When I was researching for my book about an Australian - Frederick Stobo Phillips - who died in the Somme in the First World War we stayed in the Lakes House, Killarney. We did so because 'Fred' had stayed there while on 10 days leave during the war as did many soldiers during their leave time. The thought of having to go back to the carnage of the battlefields after a few days amongst the peace, quiet and sheer beauty of the area is beyond imagination. Such a magestic part of the world!
4th April 2014

Killarney
A majestic part of the world indeed. Thank you for following along.
5th April 2014

Ireland
What a lovely adventure you are having! Enjoy your remaining days there. I am certainly enjoying it! :-)
5th April 2014

Enjoying Ireland
Our time here is growing short but we will enjoy each moment. Today we head back to Dublin. Tonight we are going to a literary pub crawl. Should be a lot of fun.
5th April 2014
The gang at Oscar Madison's in Kinsale

A likely lot
Carousing...cruising...coasting...crooning...castling...and cavorting...someone's gotta do it...no better place than Ireland...where partying hard is a way of life.
5th April 2014
The gang at Oscar Madison's in Kinsale

Making friends
You have described it well. Some in Ireland have taken drinking to an art form. One of these fellows told us when I'm off the beers I'm off the beers, but when I'm on the beers I'm really on the beers. We met him at 2pm in the pub. Guess he's on the beers for now. The gentleman in the middle was the mayor of Kinsale in 2002. All of these guys were interesting.
5th April 2014

Ireland
MJ and Dave….as always I have enjoyed your blogs from Ireland. We've not been there and you make it sound very inviting. We now have it on our "list". We just got back from 3 weeks in Nepal and Bhutan. I think I remember you being in Nepal on your around the world trip but I don't remember whether you went to Bhutan. We had a great time in both countries but have to give Bhutan the prize. I won't go into any detail if you have been there. Let me know. Sonja
5th April 2014

Ireland
I'm glad Ireland has now made it to the list. It has a great deal to offer and we love the music. Friendly people and love the pub atmosphere. Lots of history here. Yes we loved Bhutan! Let's compare notes soon.
6th April 2014

Nice
Looks like you're having a great time exploring the rugged isle! I haven't been to Dingle since I learned the term 'free range' eggs at a youth hostel there with my sister...we collected the eggs on the lawn because the sign said 'free range' ...we assumed they were free; at least until the warden caught us making an omelet in the kitchen and charged us :-)
6th April 2014

Free range eggs
Your stories always make me laugh. The logic of children can be entertaining but it made sense. Good to hear from you.
6th April 2014

Ireland to Dingle
In 1997 we spent two weeks in Ireland, as I mentioned before. So glad you got to the Dingle Peninsula, as we also found it fascinating--such a cliff and what an enjoyable "downtown." Your descriptions are great. Also remember Kilkenny Castle. We found Cork kind of dark but loved a stay in Bantry, on Bantry Bay, in a handsome Baroque castle with a modern wing, extensive gardens. Hope you are writing a book, MJ.
8th April 2014

Wow!
What a whirlwind tour! You have just the right spirit to get the best of Ireland, despite the liquid sunshine. I'm so glad it went so well for you. Yes, the daffodils in March/April are fantastic. Ever onward! Sheila
8th April 2014

Touring Ireland
We enjoyed our month in Ireland and needed two but you take what you can get. We feel like we got a good look around. We had fun and talked to many wonderful people.
11th April 2014
The gang at Oscar Madison's in Kinsale

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11th April 2014
The gang at Oscar Madison's in Kinsale

Thank you for taking the time to read & comment
We enjoyed ourselves
14th April 2014

Scenic drives
Well you two are certainly "doing" Ireland - I am full of admiration for all this driving around. It is giving me a few ideas of course. When I am too old to do the longhaul flights I can just nip over to Ireland and follow in your tracks !! Lovely Springtime here in Sussex too, xx
14th April 2014

Hello Lynne
We had hoped to have enough time on this trip to pop over to England but there was so much to see in Ireland that it did not happen. When you are tired of the long flights Ireland will be the place to go.
15th April 2014

catching up...
Hey MJ...I'm catching up on your Irish blogs over lunch. Kinsale sounds like our kind of town and the Old Presbytery sounds perfect :)
15th April 2014

Absolutely perfect
Kinsale was our favorite town- well village really. When we go back we will spend a few days there. Loved it. It was scenic because it is on the water.
26th April 2014

Kinsale
Kinsale was one of my favorite places when I visited Ireland as well. I had intended to stay there a day or so but ended up enjoying over a week there. I have given serious thought to staying there in the summers when I get a bit long in the tooth for hiking in Colorado. It would make a good home base for exploring from and escape these hot Texas summers.
26th April 2014

Kinsale
It was our favorite and we could spend long periods of time there. A good place for you to hang out when you go back. We loved it.
26th May 2014
Gorman's Cliff Top House

Sharing the experience
It was wonderful to finally talk to you on the phone, and even better, it was whilst you were staying at a wonderful place! Sile is a superb host and the area around the Cliff Top House is well suited to walking and gazing at the lovely scenery. So glad you enjoyed your stay as much as I did!
26th May 2014
Gorman's Cliff Top House

Dingle
We loved everything about Ireland. We appreciate your recommendation. It was fantastic to talk with you and I hope we will meet soon.

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