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We spent a few days on Valentia island with my cousin Russell Orpen and his wife Maureen, who are always great hosts and good company. Ron played golf at Waterville with Russell, while Maureen and I walked around Knightstown, the village they live in on Valentia.
On Saturday Ron and I drove up to Portmagee, a town on the mainland and managed to get a trip on a boat out to the UNESCO ...
... lady was staying there with her son and was as keen today as she had been yesterday that I'd be around later to kick a ball around with him. Maybe I just looked like a football expert, or she'd seen Patrick and I having a kickabout the day before (which would have scotched the first idea, by the way) but my ego allows me to think otherwise. Odd. And sort of heartbreaking, in a 'are you looking for male company for him?' way. I had other things to do, though, and in the absence ...
... of our next destination (and where we are writing this from)…. DINGLE.
This was the place Chloe and Loz had been talking up since first road trip talks, months ago back in Australia. We describe Dingle as a seaside Daylesford. It has a beautiful coast and all the house and pubs are close together in bright colors. The shops are all boutique, but being winter and the start of the week unfortunately not everything is open. (Maybe it’s ...
... weather there was supposed to be windy and rainy, just like Dingle Town. After breakfast I decided to ask if they had room for me to stay another night in Dingle Town; which they did.
And am I grateful. If I had decided to take the bus to Galway I would have been waiting at the bus stop around 10:00, right as the first squall hit. From it the rain and hail poured down. I would have been soaked sitting on that bus for 6.5 hours.
The only downside ...
There was then a quick stop at Our Lady Grotto at a slate quarry.
Then we stopped to learn about The Skelligs. This is where Monks decided to live. They built three sets of stairways (620 steps each) around the island. They chose this extreme difficult lifestyle in order to be closer to God. They survived for a very long time until the Vikings, who out numbered them, took over.