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... and as we made our way, the weather started to clear. We had sections of blue skies and could even see the sun occasionally. We made several photo stops, but our first real stop was at Kylemore Abbey, which is a beautiful building in the side of a mountain. The building was originally a private residence which was later converted to a girls' boarding school run by nuns. It looks like a castle as you can see from the pictures.
... long, the 4.5 hour drive was so pretty. We did have a hard time finding a place for lunch because all of the small towns we drove through were so small that they did not have restaurants. We eventually found a spot right on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. After a quick meal and pint, we were off again on the road. As we were passing Donegal, we saw a sign for the Donegal Castle and decided to take ...
... re not so old,you may know it as a protest song by U2. Listen to the lyrics to appreciate the angst of an oppressed people. Ireland has made strides toward peace recently and it's marked by a footbridge called the Peace Bridge across the Lagan River. As we walked the bridge we overheard a young woman talking on her mobile; "I'm on the F....ing Peace Bridge. I'll be home soon." Peace is one thing; forgetting is another. More on Derry later. It has quite a ...
I have been staying with a university friend of mine who is working in Ireland. We have travelled around the county of Mayo seeing abbeys that have Mass said in them since 1216, and ruins of old monasteries and churches. You leave with a sense how constant the Church has been through the centuries. We had afternoon tea at Ashford Castle including scones and clotted cream! On Saturday, we went to Knock where 15 people from the ages of 5 ...
... Rising above it on the other side of the rod was a huge mountain called black head as it was covered in dark grey stone and hardly any grass at all. The kids enjoyed a quick scramble of the rocks, it was freezing and we had a reasonable drive ahead so we moved on to the Cliffs.
The Cliffs were stunning, the walk along the top was a little hair raising. There is a section where the visitors centre has built a secure walkway and then a huge sign says, ...
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