Trip to Ireland Part II

As I mentioned in last week’s post, Devin and I took 10 days at the end of February/early March and headed to Ireland. We had such a wonderful time together touring around the Southern part of Ireland! Looking at the map below, if you drew a line from Dublin to Galway, we travelled all over the area below that line. Our hotels were located in Kilkenny, Galway, Killarney, Limerick and Dublin and were all quite comfortable! Everyone we met was so friendly. 🙂 Enjoy Part II of our trip! Before we know it Vermont will be looking this green again. 🙂 Be well, Kathleen

We hiked around a lot and many times the trail would lead right into a farmer’s field. The sign before you entered would read, “Respect the Country Code” which you can read about here. It basically is the code that most hikers live by, but was a nice reminder for visitors not accustomed things.

Another furry friend. 🙂 I may have been missing Cora a little.

The road on the right was a two way road, although I do not know how anyone with a car bigger than out tiny zipper car would manage! It made me thankful that we were visiting in the off-season. 🙂 Fewer people were around!

Our little car did so well! We took it on many adventures. 🙂

A little beach cave exploring on the Dingle Peninsula.

Muckros Friary.

The yew trees around the abbey were said to be as old as the abbey itself! The abbey dates from 1448.  The yew is often seen as a ‘tree of life’ because it out-lives so many generations and is thus linked to the immortality of the soul.

Blarney Castle!

Devin was super psyched to have finally made it to the top of a castle tower. 🙂 Most castles we visited had the towers closed off for safety.

The different levels would have had wooden floors separating them.

Devin gaining the gift of eloquence by kissing the Blarney Stone. 😉

The Poison Gaden outside of Blarney Castle was really neat. It had many poisonous plants (a few that are common in Vermont gardens) with the historical use of each one listed. Medicine was really a trial and error method back then.

What do you think I wished for?

Scones. Scones Scones. YUM!

What do you do when you have an old tower in the center of the town road? Drive through it. 🙂

Lough Gur is just outside Limerick. It was a beautiful location to walk around and has many historical sites nearby. We arrived when it the sun was setting, but were still able to enjoy the peace and quiet. 🙂

I loved how they painted the old buildings to look like homes. 🙂

Market day! Lots of fish.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park was a fun site to visit. Unfortunately none of the historical actors were onsite this day, but we enjoyed looking around anyways. They had a lot of animals and even a deer park! Now, I beg of you to please not judge my judgement in the next picture. I’m a sucker for petting things and the fence was the perfect size for me arm to fit through! While at the deer park the buck came over to see us. He tipped his head down and I said, “Oh! He wants me to scratch his head!” While scratching his head he kept pushing his antlers against the fence. Devin finally says, “I think he is trying to head butt you…”

The following picture says it all, although I would still like to think he was being friendly and not saying, “Get out! And stay out!” 🙂

Bunratty Castle before the Medieval Banquet.

The banquet was so much fun! Although we were worried it would be a big tourist affair, we met some lovely local Irish people that enjoy bringing their friends and family to the banquet nights! The perfumers were very talented in playing, signing, and acting. They even were the ones to serve us our dinner! After the mead reception, they ushered us into the banquet hall where we were served 4 courses. From the guests they chose a “King & Queen” for the evening. It was a really fun time! 🙂 Pardon the quality of the photos. We only brought the pocket point and shoot to dinner. 🙂

Our final full day we headed back to St. Kevin’s Monastic Site in Glenadlough to see things without snow.

Back in Dublin we visited Christ Church where Devin sang with his choir years ago. It was fun to imagine Devin as a young choir boy singing the service. 🙂

And finally one last Irish meal before we headed home to the States.

All in all a fabulous trip, although it always feels good to come home to your own bed. 🙂 Thank you for looking!

2 comments
  • daria bishopMarch 25, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Cheers to a wonderful trip to Ireland!! Did you bring home a cute little lamb? xoReplyCancel

  • KellyMarch 25, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    Love this installment of your Ireland adventures!ReplyCancel

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