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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin November 1st 2006

It was hard to leave Scotland. I’d unexpectedly fallen in love with the country and had already stayed much longer than planned. But I was excited to see a new country and wind down for a few days which is what I did in Dublin. I was fortunate to have a place to stay as my college friend, Elizabeth, had recently moved to Dublin to attend the Royal School of Surgeons. So it was nice to catch up with her as well as with sleep, laundry, emails, healthy eating, and of course the best Guinness in the World. I managed to soak in a few other Dublin experiences and some Irish history too. A highlight again was the Anglican Cathedrals, St. Paul’s and Christ Church, both dating from the 12th century, where I caught an Evensong ... read more
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Inside St. Patrick's
Christ Church Cathedral

Europe » Ireland October 31st 2006

Hey all out there!! Just putting up some photos of our shamrocker 6 dayer, from 23/10/06-28/10/06. Dubbed the 'Random Balls Tour', it certainly was just that a bizaare surreal experience, infected by the armed forces, tradesman, office workers, teachers and the disgruntled um-employed. Day 1 After a strange comedy night the night before, Jayne and i were up nice and early ready for battle with 18 other individuals. After realising the night before we had woken up a future member of the group (Hayden) we set off out of Bublin, with our tour guide, Kevin, and our bus driver Tadgh "pronounced Tige". We made our way along to Tara, the ancient seat of the high kings or ireland. Notable events of this include two females failing to negotiate the ditches around the site, and therefore covering ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry October 31st 2006

After not going to bed until early this morning, our day didn’t turn out as great as I had hoped. I’ve been hearing all about the Ring of Kerry and the breathtaking views along the route. The house we are staying in is only 8 km away from the Ring. We headed south on the highways since we have already been into Killarney several times and we planned to just finish up there and hit the internet café. Nothing quite went as planned though. Robert was the designated driver today so we were all in our rental car. My only expectations were to see the “awesome land and sea views” along the Ring. Our driver was trying to go the speed limit (100km/hr) along these narrow little roads with very few turnouts so it was hard ... read more
The Ring of Kerry 2
The Ring of Kerry 3
Irish Stones

Europe » Ireland » County Cork » Blarney October 30th 2006

The time zone change is reeking havoc with my schedule. I had hoped to be up and out of the house by 10:30am but I didn’t end up getting out of bed until noon. After I showered and went downstairs, Matt and Billie were already up and downstairs in the kitchen. I told them that they should have woken us up. We were up last night playing cards until well after midnight. We made sandwiches to take with us for lunch; Billie and I had peanut butter and lemon marmalade which turned out to be tasty. I think I’ll take a jar home for Grandma and pick up some smoked salmon for Grandpa. Today was Matt’s turn to drive their very compact car on our days adventures. First stop was the Blarney Stone and Castle outside ... read more
Crazy Krystal
Krystal Kissing the Blarney Stone
Robert Kissing the Blarney Stone

Europe » Ireland October 30th 2006

Ireland - Day 3 Europe » Ireland By clarkey October 30th 2006 Brian ClarkeToday we left Galway and headed south. After pausing to take a few snaps at a castle, our first major stop was Aillwee Cave. I have always wanted to visit the famous Cliffs of Moher, and they were awesome, but damn it was cold! Very, very cold! The cup of instant coffee I had in the kiosk afterwards was like manna from Heaven! Did I mention it was extremely cold! Brrrrrrrrr!!!!... read more
Cave 2
Cave 3

Europe » Ireland » County Galway October 29th 2006

Day 2 - Galway & Aran Islands Europe » Ireland » Galway By clarkey October 29th 2006 Brian ClarkeToday was a much better day! In fact, it was the best day of the entire trip.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Killarney October 29th 2006

I felt like I was waking up all night but it was still dark outside so I would stay in bed. The thought ran through my mind that we might possibly have slept through the following day and it was night again. By the time daylight finally came about, we dragged ourselves out of bed around 11:15am. Billie and Matt weren’t moving any earlier than we were so it was okay. I had a bowl of Frosties (Irish for Frosted Flakes) and orange juice. We made plans to hit Killarney today since it is close by and there are several sites in the area. Right after we hit the road, we remembered daylight savings time so that set us off at 1pm. The first stop was up a winding road past Killarney National Park about 14km. ... read more
Leprechaun Crossing
Muckross House
Torc Waterfall

Europe » Ireland » County Galway October 28th 2006

Australia was playing Ireland in the hybrid game of International Rules. The matches were one week apart and so myself and two friends, Cath and Jonathan, decided to make a week of it and do some sightseeing as well. We were away for 9 days and had a great time. We arrived in Dublin on Saturday morning and had to get to Galway for the first match later that evening. We managed to get £40 return tickets from London to Dublin with Aer Lingus and picked up our rental car upon arrival. It was a nightmare drive. What should have taken us 3 hours took about 6. At one stage I sat in first gear for about 45 minutes. Very, very frustrating. Anyway, we finally made it to Galway and found our hostel. There were a ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kerry » Cromane October 28th 2006

Wow, what an adventure it has become to get us to our final destination. I was barely able to get any sleep on the long leg of our journey over the Atlantic Ocean and what ever waters we crossed. My geography needs to be brushed up on. We landed in Shannon around 11:30am local time (3:30am PDT). Passing through immigrations was quite easy and I now have another stamp in my passport, yippie!! After grabbing our luggage, and Robert realizing that his suitcases had been damaged in transit, we headed over to the Hertz counter to claim our right hand sided vehicle. They denied my credit card even though I paid it off before we left so I had to use Kara’s card (so sorry darling, but I’ll pay it off when we get back). The ... read more
Backwards Driving
A View from the House

Europe » Ireland October 27th 2006

We've been living here for 10 months now and yes it does rain a lot but it has its advantages... no sunburn.... As you can see from the photos we've taken several trips outside of Dublin, including Powerscourt Estate. We hired a car for a weekend to sample the Irish roads (could not find any motorways outside of Dublin) We went walking around Glenalough in Co Wicklow and then we spent the night in Kilkenny. We also took a day trip up to Belfast with Kieran's Brother Liam and his girlfriend Sarah when they came over to visit in October.... read more
Our street in Smithfield (I know, not very exciting)
Grafton Street, Dublin
Molly Malone Statue

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