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So I am on my way going to pick up Pete. It is a two hour drive from Cashel but it's all good until I get to Dublin. I find it scary to drive round Sydney. Let me tell you it is even scarier in a city you have been to once, with a GPS in miles and yards! I manage to make it to the hotel and he jumps in and we start our journey to his home town of county Monaghan. Tipperary was a dump so I am hoping Monaghan will be better. It is!
... suggested that we make a sign letting the next people the name of the car. In the end we just took a photo of them hugging the car and entered the terminal.
The check-in to the ferry was fairly seamless. After waiting in the departure lounge for 10 minutes we were loaded onto a bus which drove all the way to the terminal and into the ferry. That was a bit of a surprise. The ferry ride was quite smooth and none of the family were ...
... It was probably the entombment mound of Sláine, the Fir Bolg King.
The mound also has fascinating alignments with other prehistoric sites, and in mythology may have an astronomical connection.
I had great fun exploring the ruins; lookout for the carving of a reptilian dragon, see if you can catch a glimpse of the gargoyle staring at you.
... of its features such as the funnels, life boats and holds. We then drove to Monasterboice to view the high crosses (we got lost but with directions were able to find the site). The crosses are amazing and to think that they have been there since 923. The Muiredach's Cross is 18 feet tall and has carved bible stories. The site also has the ruins of two old churches and a round tower. Most of the ruin churches were really quite small and ...
Day 7; Stop 2; Newgrange Farm, Ireland Our next stop brought us to the famous Newgrange Farm, with cute farmland and pasture views along the way. Cows and sheep were abundant, and we even saw some goats with horns prancing up and down the mountains. The Irish Sea was visible for most of the drive, contrasted by the mountain sides and small villages along the way. We arrived at the farm and were immediately put on safari-like open vehicles that would give ...