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Travel Blogs from Leenane
... the whole place. In no way is that an exaggeration.
Eventually we hopped in the car with Jenny, Ben, and Victoria. We chatted for a bit, said our goodbyes and got dropped off outside of Carlow. At 11:20, we began the hitchhike across Ireland. And at 11:46, we got picked up!
From Carlow, to Portlaoise, to some small town, to Athlone, to Roscommon, to Castlerea, to Ballyma, to Knock, ...
... the home of a very wealthy man called Mitchell Henry. In 1920 it was acquired by the Benedictine Order for use as a boarding school. Also on the grounds is a gothic church that was built by Henry as a memorial to his young wife, and a walled garden which has been restored to some of it's former magnificence. We continued ...
... here which majority would be "Connelly's". There was a wishing well which Noel tells us that the people of the area would come to a pray to Flannán mac Toirrdelbaig who was an Irish saint who lived in the 7th century and was the son of an Irish chieftain, Turlough of Thomond. There was money near the well which people had left for Saint Flannán. Stuart said we had to leave behind some money but we didn't have any coins. He goes to me, "we have to leave ...
We have been talking about visiting Ireland for years now, always having it just narrowly lose out to places deemed more exotic (Vietnam), cheaper (Guatemala), more Incan (Peru) or less prone to constant rain (everywhere except Vancouver or a Twilight movie). Despite the long delay, Ireland has always had all sorts of characteristics drawing us their way:
A particularly endearing accent (think "educated Newfie").
World famous hiking and ...
... cook, housekeeper and other servants. Several other building including a Gothic cathedral and family mausoleum containing the bodies of Margaret Henry, Mitchell Henry and a great grand nephew.
It finally became the abbey in 1920 when the Benedictine nuns purchased the castle. Unfortunately you only get to visit 5 of the rooms in the abbey, but the gardens and cathedral can be seen also.just a pity the rain has set in too. We enjoy a coffee and hot ...
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