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Sep 23, 2019 - Blarney Castle in the Rain, Coby, and Jameson Distillery Tour

I am solo now as Debbie and Rrenee return home today. I decided to go ahead and visit the Blarney Castle, even though it is such a touristy thing to do. I was surprised at how beautiful the surrounding gardens were. Too bad it was the worse rainy day I’ve had in Ireland. At least I had rubber boots on. I decided to skip the 90 minute line to climb the narrow slippery spiral stair case to lay on my back in the rain to kiss the Blarney Stone. I have enough of the ‘gab’ already. So I strolled around the gardens in the rain. Enjoyed the...

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Sep 22, 2019 - From Cork Ireland, a tour of Cashel Rock and Kilkenny

Renee, Debbie, and I spent the night in Cork at the Clayton Hotel, a conveniently located hotel near the city center. Only a few minutes walk to Oliver Plunkett street, where the Old English Market, many Pubs and shops are located, and only a few minutes to the PaddyWagon office and St. Patricks Bridge where many tours leave from. We decided to stay here to have a chance to hear some Irish Music and to be near where our tour of Kilkenny and Rock of Cashel, an impressive castle rising above the plains of Tipperary. Our tour to Cashel Rock...

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Jun 11, 2019 - Glendalough and Kilkenny

Glendalough (Valley of the two lakes) is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland, renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin. Kevin, a descendant of one of the ruling families in Leinster, came with a small group of monks to found a monastery where the 'two rivers form a confluence'. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and...

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Jun 8, 2018 - Kilkenny castle

Another very short travel day, a little over 1 hour but with stops and side roads took about 6 hours. We are definitely seeing everything in Ireland. Jeff is getting better driving on the left side, only hits the curb occasionally and doesn't scare us all the time. Took the tour of the Jerpoint Abby, it's over a 1,000 years old. Originally only monks, later women were allowed on site. Checked in to B&B early, Bun took a rest while Jeff and Pam took a walk through the Kilkenny Castle and another Abby. The Kilkenny Abby had a round tower...

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May 30, 2018 - Dublin to Kilkenny

Tuesday, May 29 Time to say goodbye to Dublin. We caught the shuttle back to the airport and over to the car rental facility. There was a big line and some computer system glitches, but we finally got our car about 11:30. We got a Renault. Very cute and fairly small, black with a cream colored roof—resembles a glass of Guinness! It has the key card and a push-button start, which is new to me. Heading out from the airport and on to the M1 freeway that goes around Dublin was an interesting start. They have lots of information for North...

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Apr 23, 2018 - Crisscrossing Ireland

We ended up crisscrossing Southern Ireland more than I would have chosen. The vouchers for different tourist venues lent themselves to a fairly orderly circular tour around Southern Ireland. But I wanted to go further West than the tour encompassed and I was concerned that the route up the coast from Kells to Doolin would be too difficult given the number of ferries and/or the additional miles required to circumvent them. And so we ended up with an extra crossing back to Kilkenny. The GPS’s performance in Kilkenny was less than stellar....

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Aug 24, 2017 - Day 13 South Tour begins with a trip to Kilkenny

It takes only a few minutes of a drive to get oit of the hustle and bustle of Dublin and into the Ireland countryside. A short 2hr trip ride on the highway we're into the quaint city of Kilkenny. Steven is our guide for the city tour visiting a couple of churches, through the winding streets hearing stories of the monks making spirirts and the witch burnt in the streets after being accused of witchcraft and killing her 4 husbands. Our visit to Smithwicks brewery described how the monks used the grains and processes to purify water....

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Jun 26, 2017 - Come From Away

Wednesday, June 21 We departed from Edmonton, flying via Toronto to St. John's Nfld. We landed in the evening and checked into an airport as we had planned a 25 hour layover there to allow us to spend a day visiting St. John's for the first time. Thursday,June 22 In the morning, we took a taxi downtown, catching a glimpse of some of the city's characteristic brightly-coloured "jelly bean houses" on the way. We strolled along Water Street, George Street (whose many bars were quiet this time of day) and Harbour Drive along St. John's...

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May 6, 2017 - Kilkenny--revisited

Today we slept late, had a leisurely breakfast and meandered up the Medieval Mile to Smithwick's. We took a tour of the brewery....and I have to say that of all the distillery and brewery tours we've done, I think this was the most enjoyable. Smithwick's is the oldest brewery in Ireland. A monk from the 12th century welcomed us to the brewery. He explained how their water, a necessity of life kept 'spoiling'. They needed a way of preserving it so they looked for a method to do so. Through trial and error they discovered beer. Each monk had...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Oct 4, 2016 - Kilkenny

Yikes! I understand from a neighbor of mine that the day I arrive back in North Carolina, a hurricane (last I heard a Category 3 or 4 one) will be belting the shores of NC. That could mean I may be stranded for the night in Charlotte, NC's airport. Of course, that might be better than sitting through a hurricane, which I have not done since one hit the Baltimore area (Isabel I think) sometime around 2002. Leaving aside weather news, I made pretty good tracks today, and managed to hit the following spots: Cahir Castle, Jerpoint Abbey,...

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May 19, 2016 - Kilkenny

Kilkenny is one of the oldest towns in Ireland and consequently filled with old buildings now being used for modern purposes. Like a lot of old towns it is situated Aron a pretty River.. The pub where we had lunch was a walled and dome roofed place obviously an old basement. You can never tell from the front of a store or pub whT it will be like when you go in. Usually there is several levels to it. Have climbed up and down a lot of stairs on our journey. Our B&B was an old Tudoe house. Fortunately Kathryn didn't put us in one of the main...

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May 13, 2016 - Killkenny Castle and City Center

After a rough night with Jamie still ill with coughing and congestion, we had a decent breakfast at the hotel. I had a delicious scone and coffee. Jamie tried some undercooked bacon and fruits. She has been drinking tea 1 I think Ireland will be out of tea once we leave.

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