Ireland By Car
Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
27Trip End Jul 20, 2008
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Blarney was a bit of a disappointment in being so touristy it was hard to find reality!
Dingle is a gorgeous little fishing town, coloured houses, docks, boats and good photographic opportunities. Visited Cobh, the taking off point for the ships that transported all our rellies to Oz!
Tipperary was great with hospitality by Tony and Aileen - thanks guys - we were treated like royalty with slap-up dinner, wine and Irish coffee, plus driving tours around the area, visiting the locals. They even convinced us to try black & white pudding for brekkie, so I made them try vegemite as punishment!
Visited Templebeg House where the Newmans lived in the 1800's and were treated to morning tea and a tour via Newmans Cross (crossroads) and graveyard behind the house where Newmans lie. Thanks Con & Maura!
Doolin is gorgeous - nice to go back. Its the best place to hear trad. Irish music, and after trying a few pubs, settled on McDermottts Bar (Jim, any ancestry here?). Linda, its the same place we went last time. Home with the wobbly boot - a great night!
Sligo and a visit to Thomas Connolly pub and stayed in Connolly Street - spooky!
Our last night in Co.Derry with the beautiful Margaret, our friend from a teaching exchange in 1990! She put us up in style in the old farm-house where she was born and her family have lived forever. Margarets 85 yr old mum told us while she was there, the door would always be open for us - a lovely lady! More full Irish breakfast - might have to do some crash dieting sometime soon - haha!
Sad to fly out once again - Ireland is a beautiful place with loveable folk!