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... past Drumcliff, where poet W.B Yeats is buried.
Drove out to Streedagh Beach, where 3 ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked in 1588.
On into Sligo, and walked around the town, dodging rain.
Camped at The Beach Bar at Aughris Head, a really old fashioned thatched pub at a very wind-blown beach. Not a palm tree or deck chair in sight, but great Guinness stew for ...
... Boys' actions in shutting the gates of the city against the Jacobites.
The old church of St. Augustine, on the site of the original cathedral. The present cathedral of St Columb, first non-catholic cathedral built in Northern Ireland in 1633. The wife of one of the bishops there wrote "Amazing Grace" and " Once in Royal David's City".
"The Troubles" started here in 1968 and continued for 30 years. ...
... purgatory. Local legend has it hat St Patrick drove the snakes of Ireland into Lough Derg. The snakes being the druids. And guess who had the hereditary title to Saints Island...good old Miler. Now if I was looking at the right island (and I'm not sure I was) there is now a church on Saints Island. It is now a place of pilgrimage and sanctuary. But not in the winter time. On the shoreline there are buildings for the pilgrims, a pier and a couple of boats. But ...
Ok - so we left Ballyshannon on our way to Westport. Great ocean views and a lot of cattle/sheep. Great ride - I really like Sliago area - the town of Innisscone has some great beaches.
So we are now in Westport - having dinner on the quay - tomorrow night we head to the pub by the name of Matt Molloy - owned by the Chieftains - if I have to tell you who the Chieftains are - well - you are not Irish nor do you like Van Morrison.
Well we left Bunbeg in the rain - stopped in Ardara to shop for woolen items
Headed to Ballyshannon - a very old town started by the Vikings - had a great dinner at Nivana
Mai Kelly's place was great - although at first blush a little out of the ...