Galway to Kilarney

Trip Start Feb 15, 2008
Trip End May 31, 2008

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Friday, April 18, 2008

As we departed Galway we headed for Dunguaire Castle which is a 16th-century tower house on the south-eastern shore of Galway Bay. The castle is pretty lame in comparison to those of Scotland or Wales though it is in good condition and serves as something of a tourist attraction in the area. We then ascended the lovely hills of Galway and from this vantage point we were able to enjoy panoramic views of Galway Bay.

We continued westward along Ireland's southern coast and stopped at Burren, an ancient seabed of Ireland. Over 360 million years ago most of Ireland was under a tropical ocean, and over time, with tectonic movements, a section of the ancient seabed made of limestone was raised to the surface. Burren is thus believed to be a part of this ancient seabed. With the advent of the Ice Age the limestone cracked in places and over various geological periods different vegetation and weathering had profound influences on the area. Although being some 20 or so metres above sea level the rock bed was obviously once part of the seafloor.

We stopped at County Clair for lunch before heading to The Cliffs of Moher, a popular tourist spot. The cliffs are commonly featured in propaganda material advertising Ireland and offer some stunning coastal views with their shear jagged rock faces which jut along the coastline.

We then made our way to another location on the River Shannon where we crossed by ferry to the colourful town of Listola and onwards to Killarney, our stop for the night. This town has a population of around 10,000. I spent the last light of the afternoon visiting the town's main street and Cathedral. The Cathedral was completed in 1855 and is quite an inspiring place of worship.

That night a few of us set off to O'Connor’s Irish pub for a feed and some more traditional Irish music.
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