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Today was our longest drive, 3.5 hours from Kenmare to Doolin. Some big roads and more "goat roads" as Tim has taken to calling them. Instead of going the long way up to Limerick, we crossed the River Shannon on a car ferry at Tarbert which landed us at Kilrush. Both were charming little towns but not much to offer. We have discovered that no …
Depart Hotel Carlton at 8 AM.
8.65 / hr min wage for hotel workers
15.50 / hr for construction workers
22 / hr for office workers
(all in Euros)
Wages > 33K - tax for social insurance is very high
Locals pay all the VAT taxes and more
Can be as high as 23%
Export / Visitors get the tax back
Cork is the largest county in Ireland
Gaelic speaking region
Ballyvourney region is an officially ...
... the grounds, took a bunch of pictures of the house exterior and grounds but didn’t go into the house, and drove back out and south through the park, stopping several times for picture-taking and once for M&D to take a short walk in the woods and R&R to take a short nap, with both activities lifting the spirits of their respective takers.
Back on the road, we climbed up past the lower and upper lakes ...
... could learn a big lesson on customer service! The scenery between the towns has been superb - gently rolling hills and valleys with lush greenery for as far as the eye can see! The roads are good and everyone is very courteous on the road, same as in the UK, with everyone keeping to the left lane unless overtaking, overtaking on the left is a COMPLETE no no and giving way to the right is paramount! MEMO West Aussie drivers: Grow up and stop being so bloody arrogant and selfish! Rant ...
... wool freezes to the ground again, and they get up with even more snow. So the Kissanes have to go out with an axe to chop all the snow off the wool.
After the sheep farm we headed back to Kenmare. We stopped in at the local church, which was surprisingly very beautiful. After all the beautiful churches I’ve seen in continental Europe, I wasn’t expecting any in Ireland. But this was very cool. Got some great photos.
We had gotten back fairly early, ...
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