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Some students were out way too late last night and could not make it down for breakfast before 8:45. They were out of luck. When the bus arrived, we were loading up and leaving.
Our first stop was the Newgrange, a single mound burial tomb. It was built around 2300 BC and predates the Giza Pyramids by 500 years. We stopped at the visitor's center for a little orientation before going by bus to the tomb. Once there, ...
We left Shannon Bridge at 0750.hrs.
No hanging around with us.
Shortly afterwards we were passing Clommacnoise which means "The meadow of the son of Nois"
It looked very impressive and one could only imagine the history that is seeped there.
It was founded by St Ciaran in AD.545.
He is reputed to have come down the Shannon from his hermit's cell on Hare Island to establish a monastic settlement ...
... So we happily breathed “fog air” at each other for a while until more socks, Mum’s shawl, Zebra socks over other socks, mittens and a blankie from the back were enlisted to keep the nip off.
It chugs along smelling like one of Dad’s little minis and Jeff reckons the pillows smell like race track :o) If you go over 55mph is gets a bit of a wiggle on, so we see A LOT of the countryside being Sunday drivers everywhere. ...
Today we went to Clonmacnoise. Like Glendalough, it was an old monastic settlement that ended up attracting a lot of monk followers. Unlike Glendalough, it was raided soooooooooo many times, by vikings, Irishmen, Englishmen... anyone who happened to be in the area. Clonmacnoise used to be a place where the monks were very good at crafts, including gold and silverworking, but mostly drawing and ...
... for the 3 hour drove up to Sligo on the west coast of Ireland. All we can basically say is that everyone should come here at least once in their life and see what an amazing country this really is. Such beautiful countryside. Rolling hills, livestock in the fields and snow capped mountains. Breathtaking.
We did have one incident on the way up here. We turned off at one view point and got some pretty good pictures and decided to stop off at the next ...