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... demonstration of herding sheep and the skill required of the shepherds. We watched the use of Collies for herding, and the immense amount of training instilled in the dogs. After this, we visited a couple of stone forts dating to the Celtic, pre-norman history of Ireland. These large stone structures were built as communal farmhouses which also provided protection and sanctuary for the locals. After ...
... it with our bare foreheads touching the stone. That largest stone weighs 40 tones and was hauled about 10 miles from where it was quarried. Amazing. Phil didn't want to leave. He swore the stones were calling him back. But we had to get down to Dingle, so He couldn't stay.
It took about 2.5 hours to get from Lough Gur to Dingle, mostly on smaller roads. The countryside here is ...
... its worst damage during the Irish civil war in 1921 as the defendants were withdrawing and burning everything as they left. They burned the barracks and the armoury and many of the other buildings. A hippy commune occupied it during part of the 1960’s and finally in the mid 1970’s the Government took it over and began to preserve and restore it.
At Old Head of Kinsale, a headland with high cliffs and supposedly great views we were ...
... with Dr Petillo and the rest of our faculty.
Later we stopped at O'Sullivan's Courthouse Pub and we found the owner, Tommy O'Sullivn, also sang there at night. During a break, we had the chance to talk with Tommy and were surprised to find out that he would be appearing in Fairfield this winter. And even more surprising, he had played in Newtown last year. Small world!
... that all those blue skies in the photos in the tourist books have been photoshopped!
After the Cliffs of Moher, we headed to the Burren in northwest County Clare. The name comes from boireann, which means "rocky land" in Gaelic - which is an apt name for the vast plateau of limestone. Glaciation, wind and rain have eroded the shallow soil over time and left the area with huge blocks of sandstone pavers. We visited ...
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