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Final journey on a very long day was north of Galway on N84 and through a few more very narrow country roads to the city of Cong, county of Mayo, home to the Ashford Castle where we are staying for a couple nights. We're not staying IN the castle but on the grounds up the hill at The Lodge.
A glass of wine looking out onto the bay from the Ashford grounds was a nice nightcap. More from Ashford tomorrow ...
... We didn’t get to
stay long and the castle was in repairs for a mosaic on the wall, which means
it had ugly scaffolding on the side we could see but it was a good start.
Everyone loves castles. Next we head off to the town of Blarney, which we all
know has the fabled, Blarney Castle and Stone. What you may not know is that these
castles grounds are just amazing. You could spend a whole day there and still
not see all of it, let alone only 2 hours. The tour rush ...
... yes they were indeed cliffs. Pretty good ones too, with the Atlantic Ocean crashing against a rock face up to 200m high, and with ignorant tourists walking outside the walking paths. Naturally we did the same. Also saw the Burren, a weird, rocky hillside which the Irish are particularly proud of, but after a walk around a bloke's farm we are none the wiser as to why. Was cool to see rural Ireland though, and the tourguide was super friendly, showing us ...
... is marginal at best. We are just a few miles from Shannon. There is an International airport there. There has been an international airport here since the early 30s when Pan Am started flying the clippers, flying boats, to the States. We weave our way thru endless narrow roads until we get to the Cliffs of Moher. I had been looking forward to this since I got to Ireland. I had seen the cliffs on several TV programmes and was hoping they would look as good up close as they do on the ...
We spent the week Travelling clockwise around all of non-Northern Ireland in preparation for the big Navy vs. Notre Dame weekend. While Navy lost 50-10, it was still a really nice game atmosphere and to see the military all decked out, and Notre Dame fans appreciate and respect them still was really nice. We started Saturday upon arrival by going to Powerscourt area , toured that Sunday then made our war ...