An “A B C” Tour

As we motored from Killarney northward toward Galway, we stopped in several small towns whose only “claim to fame” might be the fact that they still used a few thatched roofs on their museum or gift shop. It became a bit of a joke that we were on the...

The Ring of Kerry

We used Killarney as our “jumping off place” for the next two nights. I was glad for a short reprieve to the daily directive of “Bags out at 7!” but breakfast and departure times stayed relatively the same. Our first morning, we were treated to...

Blarney Castle and Gardens

This stop reminded me a little of the amazing Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, but without all the flowers, and with the addition of a medieval castle. I know that sounds silly, but imagine groomed walkways meandering through trees “dressed” in...

Cobh

We drove through miles of green rolling hills and pasture land along the southwest coast from Waterford to Cobh, a delightful little port town with a natural big deep harbor. From 1848 to 1950, six million Irish emigrated to other parts of the world. Two and a half...

Waterford—A very short history

Believe it or not, there is more to Waterford than crystal. Waterford is the oldest city in Ireland, originally settled by the Vikings. They showed up in the 9th century, and established a valuable seaport in Southeast Ireland. Before that, the Irish in this area were...
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