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Today was the Bellew family day. We visited 5 sites related to Phil's Mom's family history. We first went to Castle Bellew, which is now a Catholic girl's secondary school. We called this morning to make sure it was OK to visit, and they said as long as we didn't want to come inside it was fine. This is the place that the mouth-puller is. (you remember the ugly thing that Phil carved; this is the model). We got there and ...
... was a little disappointed in the birds there. Not too many. Guess it is migration season.
After that we drove on to Drogheda. It will be our base of operations for the next several days.
the weather is supposed to be sunny tomorrow, so we might revise our plans and go to Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne site while the weather is nice. I guess we'll have to see what tomorrow ...
... some of the famous Dublin colored doors.
Back to Jameson’s and tour. It starts with a movie that is amusing at times. We then go through a walking exhibit of the various steps to making the whiskey. I notice in the grain storehouse exhibit a cat which the tour guide later points out and says was an actual cat that used to work there. After it died, the workers loved it so much that they stuffed it and brought it back. ...
... date back to the 12th century and it was home to the Talbot family for 800 years, from 1185 until 1976, the only exception being the period from 1649–60, when Oliver Cromwell granted it to Miles Corbet after the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland; Corbet was hanged following the demise of Cromwell, and the castle was restored to the Talbots. The building was notably enlarged in the reign of Edward IV, and ...
... bright green fields, yellow gorse, mauve rhododendron, dark green pine forests, white farm houses, wildflowers and clean sheep all on the mountain slopes.
We rejoined the freeway near Newry, and were back in Northern Ireland. We arrived in Belfast about 3.30pm, and went straight to the Harland and Wolff shipyard and the Titanic Exhibition. It was all high tech and modern, and was really very good.
We hadn't seen much of Belfast, so did a quick ...