A Different Visit to Ireland

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My Flight to Ireland

I flew Delta business class to Ireland.  I left from Atlanta (ATL) and flew to Dublin (DUB) by way of  Shannon Airport (SNN) in Limerick. Ireland is really beautiful from the air.
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The Haunted Hospital

So… things didn’t work out the way I expected. I totaled the rental car. And the hospital…
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Sunday, New Friends Near Dublin

Sunday I met city kids with ponies, played rounders and was completely welcomed by new friends.
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Dublin to Dungarvan through Kilkenny and Carrick-on-suir

Monday morning, the car rental company came to pick me up with the new car. I thought it would be a huge deal, but it just wasn’t. Good thing I had bought the extra insurance!
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Knockmealdown Mountains to Cahir

From the Vee, the switchback on R668 driving down the Knockmealdown Mountains, I drove through beautiful forests and valleys. In many places there are miles of old walls on the sides of the road. It was still early and I was in no hurry. I took various little roads, drove through a few small villages. Sometimes when the road forked, there were signs, but I was sure glad I had the GPS. I could take any little road I noticed. I passed beautiful lush fields, farms and cattle. There was remarkably little traffic.
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From Cahir through County Clare

I left Cahir early, on my way to the Cliffs of Moher. I went through Tipperary and Limerick on N18.
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Driving from Shannon Harbour to Ballycastle

I left Shannon Harbour with all day to make it to Ballycastle. I took side roads and wandered around. I don’t know where I was. I’ve tried looking at these photos to see where I was.
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Along the Antrim Coast to Giant’s Causeway

I took Clare Road to Whitepark Road, the Causeway Road on the way to Giant’s Causeway from Ballycastle, Northern Ireland.
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Old Bushmills Distillery

Old Bushmills is the oldest surviving licensed distillery in the world. Sir Thomas Phillips of Bushmills was granted a royal license in 1608. I toured the distillery in Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
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Flying Home

So, the end of my trip. I drove to the airport, turned in the rental car, intact this time, and flew home. It’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks.
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Return of Owners of Land in Ireland 1876

The full name is Return of Owners of Land of One Acre and Upwards, in the Several Counties, Counties of Cities, and Counties of Towns in Ireland.

In the mid 1800s, land ownership was a disputed subject. Karl Marx lived in London. His writings influenced political thought and there was a lot of controversy over the distribution of landed property, the “monopoly of land.”
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The Deserted School Houses of Ireland

I drove by an old school behind Ballinalacken Castle not far from the Cliffs of Moher.  I wanted to learn more about it. Continue reading

Bagpipes in Ireland

When I stayed in Doolin, I heard bagpipe music. I stayed at Craggy Island B&B in Ardeamush. This is the home of musician Adrian O’Connor and his family. I spent a couple of days wandering. Traditional Irish music spills out of the pubs. Continue reading

Islands of Ireland’s Western Connemara

The March/April issue of GO magazine from AAA has an article Land’s End – Discover the Islands of Ireland’s Western Connemara by L.A.Jackson.

It is about the islands off the west coast of Ireland. I saw them, but did not visit them. Continue reading

Liexlip Castle Letters from the Thomas Conolly Papers, National Library of Ireland

I was looking for something else and came across Thomas Conolly Papers from the National Library of Ireland.  I have excerpted out the references to Liexlip Castle. Continue reading

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