Blogs from Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland, Europe - page 5


Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 8th 2009

After a good night’s sleep (especially considering our hotel was on top of a fire station) and full breakfast, we walked about two blocks to Thrifty Car Rental this morning to pick up our rental car. Out of paranoia (and after learning that one of our fellow guests at our B&B in Belfast had just been in an accident), we decided to add all of the optional coverage for our car, just in case. We’re driving a black Hyundai Accent and it came with an already cracked side view mirror, if that’s any indication of what happens when foreigners try to drive here. My turn to drive isn’t until tomorrow so I’ll let you know how it went then, but today we made it without any problems, so hopefully our luck will continue! Before leaving Dublin ... read more
St. Michan's Church
St. Michan's Church
St. Michan's Church

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny March 23rd 2009

Geo: 52.6538, -7.24798Josh and I were snoozin' hard when the alarm went off thismorning. I think the long days andrestless nights are catching up with us a bit. We had a 9:30 train to catch out of Heuston Station, so webreakfasted and hopped on the bus downtown. We got one piece of bad direction, but recovered in plentyof time to catch the Luas tram and make it to our platform. Today we are on the Waterford train as far as Kilkenny whichis supposed to be a very walkable Medieval town. It also has a name that greatly amuses Josh. The trip is about 2 hours each way andshould be a nice opportunity to see some of the countryside. I noticed this morning on our way outthat one of the pubs near our hotel dates from 1534. ... read more
Another view of Kilkenny
Climbing the tower
Dr. White shirt at St. Canice's

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny January 17th 2009

After a week and a half in Carlow, we were all ready to get out of town and explore another part of the country. So Saturday morning, we got on the train to Kilkenny. Unsure of where to go when we got off the train, we started walking into what looked like the main part of town. We found the tourist office and got some maps, and then decided to go visit Kilkenny Castle. We got to the castle an hour before the next tour was starting, so we all bought our tickets, and then explored the castle grounds. We walked down a path along the river and played on a playground (ignoring the sign that said it was only for children), and then made our way back to the entrance of the castle for our ... read more
Kilkenny Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny January 1st 2009

Well after our time in Galway we decided to head to Kilkenny for new years to catch up with Rob and Mickey, two Irish guys we'd met kloofing in South Africa. Rob was very kind and gave us a bed in his house and everything. Unfortunately Rohan wasn't feeling well so we managed to squeeze a spot in at the local doctors surgery in the afternoon. He was put on a course of antibiotics and some paracetamol to fix him up, but he still should have spent the evening in bed. Instead he insisted we go out (we were in Ireland on new years eve... I don't think anything could've stopped him) and so after a few guiness'in Rob's lounge room we headed down to the local pub to catch up with some of Rob's mates. ... read more
Kilkenny New Years
Rob and Rohan

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny November 4th 2008

It occurred to me that I haven't really shown everyone enough of the beauty of Ireland. You can only show so many pictures of me drinking, so here ya go. There should be another set of these by tomorrow. I want to get all my blogs caught up before we depart for Europe in 4 days. All photos are credited to Tara. ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 20th 2008

Robyn and I slept in and then went over and renter the car and got out of crazy Dublin, although driving wasn't exactly a breeze. It really does make a difference driving on the other side of the road. I felt like a whole new driver learning how to drive again. It was also remembering how to drive a standard transmission again, but from the other side of the stick. Eventually Robyn and I made our way to Kilkenny Castle. We found a parking spot and got some tickets. Then we walked down to the little town of Kikenny and had a spectacular lunch at an Irish Pub called "The Field". The best pour of Guinness I've had yet, and a great tuna and sweet corn sandwich along with a seafood chowder that was excellent as ... read more
Kilkenny Castle
The wind that shakes the Barley
Hore Abbey

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 15th 2008

Hiya from Kilkenny, Ireland (Pronounced: Kill-kenny, as if that wasn’t obvious!) Since our last blog and two full and exciting days in Dublin, David and I have began to travel south and west from Dublin. Yes, that means that we are on the open road! Scarey! For those of you who don’t know Ireland, like England, drivers use the left hand side of the road. And since we are using a manual, that means that David is using a left handed shifter! With a little luck of the Irish and his own confidence in his driving skills, David has successfully navigated both country and city roads in our little Toyota Corolla (Yes, an upgrade from the Ford Fiesta we initially reserved, more about that later!) With only one hubcap down (which is still debatable, if we ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 6th 2008

Sunday July 6, 2008 Kilkenny to Cahir to Killarney, Ireland Flemings White Bridge C&C Park We found our way out of Kilkenny and on to Cahir (pronounced "care") and took a walk to the Cahir Castle. The castle was build on a rock island in the River Suir, and is a well preserved fortress. Since we are now members of the Heritage Sites of Ireland, meaning we purchased a pass to many, many historic and natural sites in Ireland, this should be a savings in the long haul. A young energetic gal took us on a guided tour and provided wonderful information on the history of Ireland and the castle. On our way back to the Bothan it poured down rain! We were so taken with the presentation about the Butler family, owners of the castle, ... read more
The main street in Killarney
A church in Killarney, and home of the Bishop
Stained glass windows

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 5th 2008

July 5, 2008, Saturday Lady's Island, to Kllkenny, Ireland Tree Grove Caravan and Camping Park During the night there was a torrential rain and wind storm, but we were safe and snug in our little cocoon. By morning there was sunshine so we took a walk to the beach and the Irish Sea. Today we are headed to Kilkenny and we started on a find road N25, and thought we would save time by taking R704. It was another...ROAD FROM HELL, winding and twisting with buses and trucks that just shouldn't fit on this narrow path, yet somehow they do! We found our way to N9 not great and...then N10 into Kilkenny. It is going to be fun driving on these roads in Ireland. The campground is about one mile or so from the town center. ... read more
Castle is Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle, can I tell you how many tour buses were here?
St Mary's, there are actually 7 churches in Kilkenny???

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 3rd 2008

First thing I said this morning: I feel so much better! Ain’t drugs—and shots—grand? Thank you Dr. Fergus Brady and your sparkling eyes! Today we’re off to Kilkenny! Mark looked out the window this morning (as is his Irish habit, it seems) and said, “Oh, look, it’s raining!” like it was a surprise. What he didn't say is it wasn't just raining, it was POURING down rain. I mean POURING!!! We got packed up, went down for breakfast and checked out of the hotel. The front desk called us a taxi which took about 10 minutes to arrive. It continued to pour rain. The taxi arrived and the driver took one look at me and said, “Not to worry, missus, it’s just a little rain.” He asked us where we were from and how long we ... read more

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