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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 7th 2019

“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden”- Oscar Wilde We had the morning in Belfast, as we were taking the train back to Dublin in the afternoon. We woke up quite early (no crazy 8:30 sleep in like yesterday😀). We made coffee in the room, and had some orange juice from the “grab and go” bagged breakfast the Bullitt delivers to your room if you want (we thought we might as well get it, and have it on the train later). We headed down to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. Susan had the vegetarian Irish, and I had poached eggs with smoked salmon on buckwheat pancakes, with avocado. Another very good breakfast. We both had Irish breakfast tea rather than coffee. I’m quite liking the strong Irish breakfast tea. ... read more
Us on the open top bus
Belfast clock tower
Lagan River

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 3rd 2019

“Your feet will bring you to where your heart is” - Irish proverb We started out the day with a nice breakfast at Anchor House B&B. I had a vegetarian Irish (scrambled eggs, beans, and toast) and Susan had a traditional Irish (egg, ham, sausage, beans, and toast). I had a slice of my favourite, soda bread, and we had coffee and juice. There was also cereals, fruit, and yogurt available. We chatted with a couple from New York at breakfast. I had researched a potential walking tour prior to leaving home, and we decided to do it this morning, so we booked it online after breakfast. It is a Pat Liddy walking tour called ”Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners.” We left our B&B about 10 ish, so we’d have time to visit the GPO - ... read more
Statue of James Connolly
Me and a friendly Garda outside the GPO
O’Connell Street and the Dublin Spire

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 2nd 2019

”May your joys be as deep as the oceans, your troubles as light as its foam. And may you find sweet peace of mind, wherever you may roam.” - Irish proverb We started the day with a good breakfast at our B&B in Annascaul. Susan had the mini Irish and I had the vegetarian Irish (fried eggs, beans, and toast). We also had coffee, juice and yogurt. I was very happy because the rain had stopped, and there were even breaks of blue sky. We left Annascaul about 8:30 and began our drive in the beautiful Dingle peninsula. The scenery was really lovely, with green fields alongside the Atlantic Ocean, mostly with small herds of cows. We first stopped at the Torc waterfall, because it gets quite busy in the afternoon and Alex didn’t know if ... read more
Scenery on the drive
The Atlantic Ocean, Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Anascaul June 1st 2019

“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven‘t met yet,”- W.B. Yeats We left Galway, bound for the small village of Annascaul in County Kerry, in the southwestern corner of Ireland. We passed through really beautiful areas today, and I will always remember the green fields and the stone walls, with contented sheep and cows grazing or lazing in the fields. We left our B&B about 8:30, following breakfast. I had porridge, which was ok, but the best part again was the soda bread. Susan’s full Irish wasn’t as good as O’Neill’s in Dublin. It was a cloudy morning, but the sun broke through now and again. After we left Cong yesterday the weather improved and it was quite pleasant in Galway last evening, with the sun making an appearance. Our first stop was at ... read more
Near Dunguaire Castle
Me at Dunguaire Castle
Scenery by Dunguaire Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway May 31st 2019

“Whether the weather be hot, or whether the weather be not, we‘ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not!” - Irish saying The weather is definitely not hot! It was fairly rainy today on the road, but no matter, we still had a great day. We had to leave O’Neills before they served breakfast, but we were still able to have some cereal, coffee, and soda bread (yumm) before we left just after 7:30. We walked to Paddy’s Palace hostel, where we were starting our Paddywagon 3 day tour of Southern Ireland. We set off just after 8 am, picked up a few more people at the other pick up location, and headed out of Dublin. Our driver/guide is Alex, who is a great driver and full of information and stories. ... read more
Cong Abbey
Cong Abbey cemetery
Cong Abbey

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 30th 2019

“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you”- Brendan Behan I was lucky enough to be able to celebrate my birthday today with a Guinness, fresh from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin! We started the day with a very nice breakfast in O’Neill’s. Susan had a full Irish breakfast (egg, back bacon, sausage and white pudding), and I had a vegetarian breakfast (egg, tomatoes, and beans) plus toast. There was also cereals, fruit, yogurt, juice, and soda bread. I really liked the soda bread and look forward to enjoying it during the rest of our time in Ireland. And we had coffee of course, though I may try tea next time as I’ve heard the Irish tea is nice and strong. ... read more
Susan’s full Irish breakfast
Trinity College
Trinity College Campanile

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 29th 2019

“However long the day, the evening will come.”- Irish Proverb Hello from Dublin! It has been a VERY long day, starting with heading to the Vancouver airport about 9ish yesterday morning. We enjoyed a nice breakfast at the airport, along with mimosas (our favourite way to start holidays, if we are flying in the morning). Our flight to Toronto would have been quite pleasant had it not been for the two small children sitting behind us, who either emitted ear spitting screams, or fairly continually kicked the back of our seats. Sigh. Luckily the flight wasn’t too long, at just over 4 hours. It was quite a new airplane, I think, with the windows that dim instead of the shades that pull down. The entertainment system was good and both of us watched a couple of ... read more
My breakkie - Eggs Benny with smoked salmon
Sculpture at the Vancouver airport
All flights delayed

Europe » Ireland » County Tipperary » Cashel May 10th 2019

Day 11 Our last full day in Ireland, was spent traveling to see the Rock of Cashel, which was a little over an hour away. The Rock is where St. Patrick baptized the King Aengus of Munster around 450. Around 1101, the King gave the Rock to the Church, and in 1134 they built the Cormac Chapel, and between 1230 and 1290 the Cathedral was built. You can see from the diagram in the pictures, that both Churches do NOT face East. The Chapel, since it was first, faces East. The Cathedral, because it was second, and the king wanted it bigger, they had to elongate some parts, and orient it the way it is so it would fit on the Rock. We walked around at first, but it was drizzling rain, so we stayed under ... read more
The Cathedral ruins
A view of the Abbey from the top of the Rock.
Returning to Cobh

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

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