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Tagged With: Road Trip

On to Belfast

Big Belfast usually takes a back seat to Dublin, but it is a capital city in its own right with some interesting sites and experiences, like the Titanic Belfast. The RMS Titanic, along with her sister ship the Olympic,¬†were constructed in specially built dry docks by Harland and Wolff Shipbuilders on Queen’s Island, which is … Continue reading »

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The Giant’s Causeway

Even though Londonderry was a disappointment, Northern Ireland does have some amazing places. When we were in Ireland the last time, we did not have time to make it up to the northern extreme. This time, however, we had made it. One of nature’s most amazing geologic formations can be found on the island’s north … Continue reading »

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Northern Ireland at Last

Today we are technically leaving the Republic of Ireland for Northern Ireland, one island, but two countries. Ireland has a long and bloody past do to civil war and invasions. I remember as a child in school learning about “The Troubles” as the Irish call them. the seventies, eighties, and nineties were bad times in … Continue reading »

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Heading up to Westport

We have been driving for two weeks clock-wise around Ireland and now are opposite Dublin on the west coast. We took some back roads from Kylemore Abbey to Westport through some remote and rugged mountainous country of County Mayo. I am glad to see that even in a country as old as Ireland, there are … Continue reading »

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Kylemore Abbey

Kylemore Abbey has got to be the most beautiful castle setting in all of Ireland! I have seen many pictures of Kylemore Abbey. Indeed, if you Google Irish castles, it always comes up as one of the top picks. Like most of Ireland, words and pictures fall short of the real thing. You need to … Continue reading »

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A Drive in the Countryside to See Ashford Castle

We left the city life of Galway behind and headed for the remote Irish countryside on our road-trip around Ireland. Our scenic drive took us along Lough Corrib, the largest lake in Ireland, to the quaint town of Cong. If you are a John Wayne fan, you might recognize this picturesque spot as the fictitious … Continue reading »

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Site Seeing and Hurling in Galway

Galway is an amazing cosmopolitan city with lots to do and see! All I knew of Galway was the famous song Galway Girl by Steve Earle (an re-recorded by Ed Sheeran). Needless to say, that didn’t really help me much. So, we went out to explore the city. Since it is the sixth largest city … Continue reading »

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The Cliffs of Moher

We missed the Cliffs of Moher on our last visit to Ireland, but this time we made it a must see destination. The Cliffs of Moher are not the tallest sea cliffs in the world, but they are some of the most dramatic. They are sheer vertical walls of rock that rise over 390 feet … Continue reading »

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The Most Dangerous Road in Ireland

We left the Dingle Peninsula for the small city of Ennis, but decided to take a short cut over Conor Pass. By now we have been in Ireland for over a week and about half way through our family adventure. I’ll admit, I am getting a little tired of driving. So, I decided to take … Continue reading »

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As Far West as You Can Go in Ireland

On the tip of the Dingle Peninsula is Dunmore Head, the most westerly point in Ireland. We drove out to the small town of Dunquin to visit the Great Blasket Centre and Island. I had no idea what to expect, I had never heard of Blaskets. The Blasket Islands, in case you also didn’t know, … Continue reading »

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