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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Sunday, May 11, 2008

Zonth, my mate from way back from Australia, who has been seen in episodes 149, 371, 372 and 389, which just goes to show you, hanging out with the Uncle can be a good thing, had met a girl, and decided to spend a summer in London, so seeing he was doing that, Lucy and I, decided that the only thing to do was to take him away for a weekend, and as it's been a few months since we had been there, we decided that he needed a hit of Guinness, so we booked some flights to Ireland
The Plan
Fly into Shannon, grab a car, see Kerry's Ring, few other places, and then home. But plans change, and they kept changing !!! Even up to the point, I was flying, and still had no idea, (so unlike the Uncle) and then I read, it was time to go back to the past. Megaliths here we come.
Preconceived Ideas
Thailand is the land of smiles. All Aussies are bronze. Ireland is green
County Clare
Car picked up, Tom Tom on, and off we went. We headed off in the direction of The Burren. The book stated that there were forts and tombs, and we were up for it. Along the way was your typical ruined old buildings and churches. Zonth, being a builder was amazed. We were stopping every ten minutes. At this rate, we were going nowhere !!! Actually, we were, and not long after, we found Caherconnel Fort. It was interesting, had been re-built, and didn't take long to see, so we fucked off over to Poulawack Cairn. No more was the place green, everywhere was limestone. We found a little tomb that Lucy dived into, but in the distance, was the cairn. Much smaller than Knocknarea, but still good. As I looked around, I noticed loads of little dolmans, so I joined in the fun and made one myself. There was one other fort we wanted to visit. Cahercommaun. It's a ring fort built on the edge of a cliff. We drove around the mountains, but no signs, so we parked and went trekking. We followed tracks, found numerous cow skulls, fell down holes, but no fort, so we quit and went over to Poulnabrone. Another dolman. It was good, but nothing like the field of them we saw last year, so I built another one.
16 K's to Galway if you are a bird, but by road, around 60. Along the way were numerous castles. We stopped at a few before we arrived in Galway. Dumped the bags and hit the streets. It's a small place, but a good vibe was felt. We found a pub, hit the Guinnesses, and settled back and listened to some REAL Irish music !!! It got a bit repetative, so we left.
The Next Day
Just outside of Galway is Aughnanure Castle. It was more of a keep, a smaller version of Blarney. Lovely setting. River around us, the sun out, all we needed was a Guinness and a longer trip and we would have been sorted !!! As we drove, we noticed on the map another castle. This was in Portumna, It was more like a large old house with a garden. There was not much to see, but there was a nice vegetable garden out to the side.
Stab City
There was a man from Venus
Who had a tiny penis
I wrote this thirty years ago, and thought, maybe if I visit Stab City, I might get the inspiration to finish my limerick. Actually, if you are in the know, Stab City is more commonly known as Limerick. There was a castle, a Norman one at that. It made me think of fuckwits who want to be Princesses. Oh yeah, that's me !!! It was good, but there was a very ugly visitor centre. Across the river was a treaty stone. We took photos because it was historic, or was it because this is what you do ???

And as we drove away, the radio announced that one man had stabbed to death another man in Limerick. It's good to see a place living up to it's reputation !!!
We had time to kill, and the book stated that Shannon has the second largest airport in Ireland. Actually, that's all there really is, so we checked out some protesters, and then it was time to go
And Finally
Ireland, you gotta love it. The geographical features were amazing. No greeness !!! But, Ireland, trust me, is not cheap, so if you do go, make sure those Guinness vouchers are topped up !!!


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thistlemoon on

I love Ireland
It is a beautiful place for sure. Enjoyed the megaliths there as well. Such a beautiful country!

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