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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 15th 2021

Ancient Dublin Dublin is full of history and on the heygo virtual tour today we learnt so much in such a short space of time. We were able to briefly go inside two cathedrals St. Patrick’s & the oldest Cathedral Christchurch originally 1028 & rebuilt in stone in 1170 with his magnificent floor tiles. We crossed over the River Liffey & walked down one of the oldest streets in Dublin, Fishamble Street and viewed a house, No 26, where the same family have lived over many centuries. One of the best known pubs in Dublin for traditional Irish music is in on of the oldest parts of Dublin city and one of the most enduring legends surrounding Dublin has to be that of the woman – Darkey Kelly. For generations Darkey Kelly was known in Dublin’s ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny April 21st 2021

Situated on the high Burren limestone plateau, Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland's most iconic archaeological monuments. Poulnabrine is classified as a portal tomb. Portal tombs have two large portal stones standing on either side of an entrance capped with a massive sloping capstone. A second stone which lies on the ground at the rear of the monument was likely a second capstone which would have fitted in under the main capstone and covered the back of the structure. This part collapsed at some unknown time in the past. The tomb was built on limestone pavement and surrounded by a low mound of rocks. This mound of rocks would have added support to the upright stones which are otherwise only supported by the weight of the capstone. The uprights are not wedged into the deep fissures ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Skerries March 25th 2021

24th March - Skerries #heygo Skerries is a small seaside fishing town in Fingal. The name comes from the Norse word ‘skere’ which became the Irish ‘na sceirí’ which means ‘the rocks’. Historically, Skerries was an active fishing port and later a major centre of hand embroidery, while in the 20th century, it became a resort town, and a dormitory town for Dublin commuters. The two Martello towers in Skerries at Red Island and Shenick Island are part of a chain of such towers constructed in the early 19th century. They were to serve as protection from Napoleonic French armies (In the scenario of an invasion) and as an early warning system for attacks. Our stroll today was along The South Beach which is a 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach As we strolled our guide ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Wicklow » Bray February 27th 2021 27th February - The original seaside - Bray In medieval times, Bray was on the southern border of the Pale. It is on the borders of Dublin and Wicklow and at the edge of what was once ‘English-controlled’ government based in Dublin Castle known as the ‘pale. To venture any further, into areas not controlled by the English was considered to travel in dangerous country and was unacceptable, hence the phrase ‘beyond the pale’. The development of the town that we see today is largely attributed to William Dargan a railway entrepreneur in the 19th Century. Thanks to the arrival of the railway in 1834, the bustling town developed as a popular seaside resort and became known as the “Brighton of Ireland”. Eamonn Quinn bought two sites in the town - one was a field, ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin February 4th 2021 4th February - In Dublin’s Fair City The Vikings settled in Dublin from 841 AD onwards. During their reign Dublin became the most important town in Ireland as well as a hub for the western Viking expansion and trade. Today’s tour started in the Georgian Quarter by the famous Molly Malone statue, the heroine of the famous song of the same name. Molly was Immortalised in bronze during the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations. It is not known for certain where the song originated, or if Molly Malone ever actually existed. According to the lyrics Molly was a young and beautiful fishmonger who sold her catch from a cart on the streets of Dublin. The song’s final verse states that after dying of a fever she went on to haunt the city. Dublin - Part 2 ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney April 14th 2020

When planning my trip to Ireland I didn't want to just go to Dublin, I wanted to visit a small town in Ireland so after some research I stumbled across a town called Killarney. Now that I knew where I was going it was time to look for a hotel to stay at. It was my mom and I going so we needed a places for both of us to stay. We came across the Park Place Apartments. It was about $80 USD a night for a two bedroom apartment, so this is the place we decided to stay at. We didn't know which airport we would fly into yet, since it's space available so we looked into how to get to Killarney from either airport, Shannon or Dublin. Shannon was closer but there was not ... read more
Ross Castle

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 16th 2019

We leave Dublin today and will be traveling for the next 24 hours. Our first flight is to Istanbul, Turkey. Then on to Addis Abads, Ethiopia and then finally to Cape Town. I’ll make some airport posts if we see anything interesting.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 15th 2019

We started out the day with a visit to Dublin Castle. It’s actually the headquarters of the government. Part of it is really old and we went on a tour underneath where you can see walls built by the Vikings ca. 1035 ME. Then we went to the Archeology Museum where I finally got to see bog bodies in person (I’ve researched them in the past as I find them fascinating). From there, we lunched on Cornish pasties. I know they‘re English, not Irish but they’re irrestible. We realized that we needed to get out of the city to see the topography of Ireland so we took a 20 minute train ride out to Howth (pronounced Hoth with a long o) Howth is a fishing village located out on a narrow peninsula (see map) and we ... read more
He still has fingernails.
Bog body #2
Close up of #2.

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 14th 2019

We arrived in Dublin at 7am Dublin time (10 hours later than California time). It’s rainy and cold but hey, I like that. We rarely get this kind of weather in San Diego. We’ve checked into The Brooks Hotel, showered and now I’m trying cure myself of jet lag. There’s a Starbucks nearby so that will do the trick. Our flight from Newark was only one hour longer than our flight to Newark. We had even better seats on this flight but I wasn’t able to get any sleep despite having a down pillow, gel pillow, down comforter, a cotton blanket and eye blinders. Stay tuned for pictures of our adventures later today.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 14th 2019

It was really cold today and I’m just not used to that. I had to buy a wool sweater made in Ireland just to keep warm. We walked quite a bit, through the Temple Bar neighborhood and we also toured the Guinness Storehouse, the old brewery which is now a museum. We had fish & chips and Irish lamb stew for lunch. We are committed to staying up at least until it gets dark around here. Here are some pictures from our adventures.... read more
Coopering at Guinness.
Old beer making equipment.
An inside museum wall from the 1700’s.

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