Paddy Wagon Day III
Trip Start Aug 05, 2005
57Trip End Dec 29, 2005
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Our morning's stop was at an old monastic center called Clonmacnoise. To see the history of the place and listen to some funky Irish music, check out this link: http://www.moytura.com/clonmacnoise.htm
Clonmacnoise (the Irish Cluain Mhic Nos) is an ancient ecclesiastical site, situated south of Athlone, near the centre of Ireland. Its location contributed to its development as a major centre of religion, learning, trade, craftsmanship and political influence
After our visit to Clonmacnoise, we hopped back in the Paddy Wagon and headed east again. We stopped at a little town for lunch at a pub where we were served vegetable soup and a bread roll. That was the one option. Good thing we liked it. Then it was on to our final destination, Phoenix Park in Dublin. Along the way, Joe gave us lots of history about the north and south of Ireland and details of the conflict between the two. It was really fascinating to hear about Michael Collins and a guy named Devlin and what they went through right around the time of the first world war.
During our return to the city, we went through Phoenix Park, which is the second largest gated park in the world. This is where the President of Ireland lives and where there are over 700 free range deer and elk-ish creatures. It's so bizarre because it's this great open place in the middle of a city. Gorgeous!