Have arrived in Galway late in the afternoon - 30 seater plane. What I learnt was that carry on luggage on these planes means handbag only, so extra weight cost me 45 pound. Half the price of the original airfare!!
Met with tour guide Richard and the 5 other people on the tour for dinner
One couple from Toronto, one couple from USA and one lady from Dubo NSW.
I think I'm almost the youngest. Should be an interesting tour!
I was disappointed I didn't have time to look around Galway. Just loved the quaint streets and little shops. There really is just little pubs everywhere.
Today we travelled around Galway Bay. One beautiful little harbour town was Kinvara. We stopped for lunch at Ballyvaghan. Had yummy seafood chowder at Monks Hotel. See photo above. We headed down to the Burren National Park. It is a very barren area of limestone rock. We also visited the Poulnabrone Portal Tomb and an old monastery - Corcomroe Abbey 1500 years old.
Next stop was the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Of course you can see in my photo that I wore the Collingwood scarf today!! GO PIES!
Yes, and it is cold and windy, but the sun came out in the afternoon.
We then travelled by car ferry across from Kilrush and headed down to Killarney where we are staying for the next two nights. Can't tell you much about this drive, as I went sound asleep and entertained the party with my snoring!!
Today was touring beautiful scenery in Dingle. Stopped at the beach where Ryan's Daughter was filmed. Sad to see cars driving over the sand
It is a beautiful fishing village
Ireland is a beautiful place
A photo of our tour group and the wonderful tour guide - Richard a very gentle and helpful person.
And for the family - I found a Cronin butcher shop (almost) in Kilarney. Greg are you the son? Hold on it says sons; does that include you also Kerry?
May 4, or close enough to it!!
Tonight we heard no flights out of Ireland because of the volcano! It is following me.
Encouraged some of our group to go out dancing and drinking and have just returned.
Keep your fingers crossed that I can fly to Italy on Sunday!!
May 4 continues
The Irish dancing was very traditional. Many older people and they had their dancing shoes on.
So stomping etc. It was almost like an exhibition for a bus load of German tourists. Theresa a lady on the tour and I danced anyway. Richard (tour guide) said we didn't get in the way!!!
Another busy day on the road. Headed off from Killarney and past Lough Leane and to a lovely little town called Kenmare and then to Bantry Bay. Many winding roads today and up and down mountains.
Climbed many steps to take this photo. We stopped for lunch here
Staying two night in Blarney at the Blarney Castle Hotel. Of course, went over and climbed the castle to kiss the stone!!
The pub where we are staying has traditional Irish music and sort of like a quiz/music get together first Tuesday of every month. So here we are, first Tuesday of the month. Only a couple of us stayed up, as in Ireland nothing gets going until after 10:00pm. Didn't last long as we are all so tired and there was just the music, not dancing. Thought I would be kept awake all night as our rooms are above, but did not hear a sound!
Kad, this is as close as I will come to Mallow. Found a sign. The people at this pub know the owners of where you worked well and they often visit the hotel I'm staying in.
Visited the harbour town of Kinsale and went on a walking tour of the town. Has a history of invasions and battles with Spain/England and Ireland.
Next stop was the town of Gobh, also previously known as Cove and Queenstown.
It is here that most Irish people got off the train and on the ship to migrate to Australia/US/Canada/New Zealand. Also it was from here that the convicts were shipped out.
Do we know if any of our ancestors came out by ship? This port was also the final port call for the RMS Titanic.
The Blarney Castle Hotel - 2 nights accommodationMy room is on the far left from the sign.
A few of us went to the local pub for dinner and drinks. We met up with the young lad on the right with his girlfriend and his Dad, Don on the left. Interesting and fun, fun, night!! It so easy to pick up in Ireland if you wanted to!!! Read into that whatever you like.
Young William taught me to play darts. look at these three shots - Bull's eye!!!! Amazing how a couple of brandy and drys can help you aim straight.
Today we toured to the rock of Cashel which towered over the plains of Tipperary. St Patrick was known to have converted them to Christianity
We spent our last night on tour at Kilkenny
Kad, we left Kilkenny and went via Mallow. I took some photos out of the bus. Not the best, but does any bring back memories. Couldn't go past Longvuille.
Our last day we crossed the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough a monastery founded by St Kevin
The mountains have nothing, except lots of peat and then we come to this beautiful valley.
Next, Powerscourt Estate with its beautiful gardens
Four of us stayed at the same hotel on our return to a final destination - Dublin. Went out for dinner and I farewelled my tourist friends this morning. Elliott and Theresa were heading back to Toronto and Kerry (from Dubo) was off to England and Scotland for another 7 weeks.
Great people and a lot of laughs and fun:
Kerry is on the left.
Had farewelled the American couple the night before and tears were shed as we farewelled our guide, RichardI had a quiet day today. Did some washing, listened to the mighty pies have a great win and a couple of walks around Dublin.
Below is photos of St Patricks Cathedral. I think I can remember Kay O'Connell telling me to have a look. Dublin reminds me of Melbourne. Yes, the buildings are older and no skyscrpapers, but there is trams, little laneways and on a Friday night people spilling out onto the streets for Friday night drinks and meals.
Lots of little laneways, with interesting shops and closed off roads. Lovely,lively city.
One of the reasons I brought my red Nancybird handbag with me, was not to look like a tourist and today whilst walking around Dublin, two tourists asked me for directions.
Nancybird well done!!
Off to bed early as I have to be picked up at 4:30am in the morning. Hopefully flying out at 7:10am to Rome tomorrow.
End of Ireland page. Next link will be Italy