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... bend and over the crest of every hill, we found another green hillside, another pretty home with meticulously maintained hedges and gardens, another charming farmer's field full of cows or sheep. As we drove, we listened to the radio. It seemed so incongruous to be watching such bucolic scenes while listening to Macklemore's "Thrift Shop." It ought to have been The Clancy Brothers, "Danny Boy," or "The Irish Rover." The DJ on RTÉ 2fm made ...
We were late again to meet Mary Flood at the Rothe House. We got there 15 minutes late but Mary brought us to the library and got us started searching records throughout County Kilkenny, especially in Thomastown. The volunteer librarian, an elderly gentleman named Charlie Cullan, was very friendly. We found a few burial records for Shortalls and Bolgers too, but there were no records that go back far enough to prove a family connection. Still ...
... who restored it with millions of pounds and a passion that is still apparent. To finish the whole thing off he handed it over to the Irish State in 1999. Not bad for a Pom.
The house has the most breathtaking domed rotunda room as you enter what looks like a fairly normal door. One of the best houses so far and our last use of the OPW card.
For those who will remember, the Office of ...
I did go to the Cobh HeritageCenter which provides info on life in Ireland through the 18th and 19th centuries, the mass emigration and the Great Famine.
Just realize I have no way of recharging my computer battery as it has a grounded plug and my adapter will not accept it. When the battery goes, there will be no more travel blog.
Just had my second ...
Finally, we are in hotels with internet access. I've got a couple of days to catch up and then we should be up to date sometime tomorrow evening when we land in Dublin.
Greetings All! We survived our trip to the Skellig Islands yesterday. It was a great day, until the end. More on that in a minute.
Today I thought we were scheduled for our kayak tour of the Lakes of Killarney. We got up early and ...