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Travel Blogs from Athlone
... of the Quiet Man Statue. When we were
finished in Cong, we continued west into the mountainous area. Along
the way, Ken told us some Irish history and the poor conditions that the
Irish lived in under British landlords. We saw the ruins of a tiny
little house that may have been home for a family of ten or more. We
made two short photo stops near beautiful Lough Nafooey, nestled in the
... tower built midway along the cliffs at the highest point. The cliffs are 200 metres above the Atlantic and stretching for 8 km we could see all the way out to the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. The information centre has been built into the hillside, and blends in well with its surrounds.
On our way inland we stopped at an ancient burial ...
... it! It was completely charming and picturesque, with monumental features that surprised me. Next to the latter part of the river was an enormous castle! Another one! Incredible, and green, green, green. I was very delighted to go there, and even though the lamb I had at Danagher's was only slightly disappointing, everything was like a storybook -- or a movie starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
It was all amazing, and I wish you could all be here. I spent much ...
... per cell and the aim is for the people to become law abiding citizens after their prison stay. However this was often not really the case (more later). Many prisoners were kept here before being transported to Tasmania as convicts; men, women and children were imprisoned and many political prisoners were kept here. Plus many people were either hanged or killed by firing squad on the prison grounds. Our tour then started and the first stop was the chapel. We first of ...
There was a craft and food fair in Doolin today and being the small town it is, it only took us 10 minutes to complete the loop of local crafts and homemade baking stands! It was then onwards to the Doolin Cave.
This cave had an interesting story of when it was discovered in 1952. Two cave explorers came across a hole in a paddock, jumped on down, and proceeded to crawl on their hands and knees for five hours ...