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Went to a former monastery this morning... It had the most beautiful Celtic crosses in the cemetery and the former cathedrals & other buildings were so cool to see... They had pieces from as far back as the 8th century. Amazing.
We went to Athlone Castle in the afternoon. It was used as a fort during war time.
After the castle we went …
Day 8: Killarney - Athlone
This morning we visited Bunratty Folk Park. This is a living recreation of the homes and environment of Ireland over a century ago complete with Rural farmhouses, a village street and Bunratty Castle with its formal regency gardens are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at the time.
"He'll regret it till his dying day, if ever he lives that long!"
What a place this land is! I mentioned how "connected" I felt to it when I was in Dublin, but now I don't want to leave! So how can one go about illustrating the sights, sounds, and smells of such an enchanting isle? Some of you have been here before, others only in your dreams. And still some of you know not what to expect, or what you're missing. Such a beautiful island and language. But ...
I felt very proud when my host daddy told me to jump on the cart and to hold the reins. Initially, it was only for the "WOW" of the picture; I mean that I was supposed to fake, the time to take the picture. But I was surprised - pleasantly surprised - when he told me to move forward the horse and to walk around in the yard. I have to say I was really touched, because ...
... I did like that a lot of the great political leaders pushing through say land reform (giving the Irish back their own farms) and things like that actually had some British heritage ie they were less related to the Celtic Irish people. Anyway we saw the area where the hangman's beams use to be, the memorials in the place where the rebels were shot, the old exercise yards and the new part of the prison which over the years has been used in many movies. We also heard ...