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May 3, 2013 - Carrick-on-Shannon

I’m feeling much better. I wasn’t sick, just felt lousy but I heard on the News that Roscommon County was having trouble with an outbreak of cryptosporidium in the water supply. I stopped drinking the water just in case & whatever the problem was, I’m back to normal. It’s rainy today but not as cold – still a good day to stay close to home. There were things worth seeing in the area but I spent the morning catching up on some reading then decided to spend the rest of the day in Carrick. The town isn’t very big but it’s got a system of...

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May 2, 2013 - Corlea Trackway & Clonmacnoise

I didn’t leave until about 10:30 this morning because I stayed in bed & finished my famine book. I’m still thinking about it & don’t entirely agree with some of the conclusions. I’ve been enjoying the OPW sites I’ve been to so tried a couple more today. The first site was called Corlea Trackway & is the site of an Iron Age bog road, the largest of its kind to be uncovered in Europe. Sounded intriguing. It was very difficult to find – my GPS left me in the middle of nowhere & announced “You have reached your destination”. Fortunately I came...

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May 1, 2013 - Sligo & Balleek

Today I headed north again but this time straight up the N4 to Sligo, more particularly to Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery which is even older than Newgrange which we saw in 2011. It’s managed by OPW (Office of Public Works), the same people who look after Céide Fields so they kind of go together – one about the living, the other about the dead. When I got there I was told that today was free – on the first Wednesday of each month all OPW sites are free so I saved a whole €2. There are about 30 passage tombs here in varying states of...

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Apr 30, 2013 - Ceide Fields

I was feeling a bit better this morning & thought I might as well be out driving instead of being home feeling miserable. My car is nice & warm & I chose mostly major roads so it was easy driving. I headed north-west to the coast of County Mayo & a place which had sparked my interest called The Céide Fields. I didn’t know what to expect, the brochure said “Beneath the wild highlands of North Mayo lies Céide Fields, the most extensive Stone-Age monument in the world”. It sounded different & it was. The whole area is covered in Blanket Bog,...

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Apr 29, 2013 - Strokestown Park House

I saw a promo on TV for a program which is being shown tonight called “The Big House” which features Strokestown Park House which is just down the road. Although I wasn’t feeling very well, I thought I should go & see it before watching the program. The brochure also said that as well as being an 18th century Georgian mansion which has been faithfully restored, it was home to the National Irish Famine Museum which was an added attraction for me because John, the owner here has loaned me a book called “The Famine Plot” which was published...

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Apr 28, 2013 - Arigna

The weather was awful all day with a cold wind & intermittent rain showers. I had to do some laundry & ironing so stayed her this morning,hoping the weather would clear, but it didn’t & unfortunately this cottage isn’t as cosy as the last one. It has heaters in each room but they’re not very efficient. It wasn’t a day to do anything outside so I drove to Arigna, a little town about 20 km from here where they have underground tours of Ireland’s last working coal mine which closed in 1990. The tour was conducted by an ex-miner who worked...

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Apr 27, 2013 - Bantry to Carrick-on-Shannon

I spent nearly all day driving right up the middle of Ireland, mostly through semi-rural country which was pretty much the same all the way. I managed to stay on major roads most of the way so could travel at 80 - 100 kmh so it was fairly easy driving. I got to Carrick-on-Shannon about 2:30 & didn’t have to be at the cottage until 4:00 so I had time to find the Tesco supermarket & stock up on supplies. The owner had just left the key in the door of the cottage but the fridge wasn’t even turned on, which didn’t impress me. Even though it was...

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Mar 16, 2011 - To Beleek and Beyond!

We started by getting up relatively early this morning as we had a full day ahead of us. Angie and Alyse had breakfast while I updated the travel website. After that was done, we got on the road to Beleek pottery company HQ for a tour of the factory and shopping. It was a really nice drive there, and Angie stopped and took pictures all alogn the route of lambs, lakes, and Alyse and I of course. We got to the Beleek factory (which is in Northern Ireland) and did a little shopping, then our tour. It was very interesting learning about how the...

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3 lasses in ireland

Mar 15, 2011 - Out of Dublin and off to all of Ireland

We actually got up earlier than previously todya, got showered, and got ready to go! We decided against brekafast so we would have more time for activities, so we got the car, packed, and headed away from Dublin. We then went towards Porlaoise and the Rock of Dunamase. We did take one wrong turn, but otherwise we had no problems finding it. We actually asked a nice lady on the side of the road who pointed us in the right direction. We ended up being the only ones at the Rock, and it was really cool. There were ruins from an ancient...

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Apr 7, 2007 - Carrick-on-Shannon

What can I say, another beautiful day in Ireland! A bit of mist to start the morning off, but by 10am each morning, it has burned off and the skies are mainly clear. It's day 6 of our trek around Ireland, and although we are tired and "full" of facts and sights, it is sad to think that we are heading back to Dublin and will be leaving this beautiful country tomorrow. But go we must, and we have one last excursion at Carrick-on-Shannon. Carrick-on-Shannon is a popular inland resort south of Sligo, where we were welcomed aboard the Moon...

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Sep 16, 2006 - The Passing of Kate Higgins

Marie's mum Kate looked so peaceful. As if she had merely fallen into a dreamless sleep. Her normally slim face - sharpened and prematurely lined from the many years of pain-had softened into a more youthful countenance. Death had mercifully taken back the extra years that life had given her. Outside the Chapel's windows, an overcast and cold sky signalled the beginning of autumn in Ireland. It was hard to believe that just three days before, we had still been in Australia. It was late Friday afternoon and I only had another three hours at...

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Itchy Toes

Jul 6, 2006 - Westport to Longford

We slept in until 10.30 the next morning after our Croagh Patrick pilgrimage. Our bodies exhausted after such a momentous effort. We also missed out on an intimate performance by Luka Bloom at Matt Molloy's the previous evening. Instead, after a delicious curry at John O'Malley's pub and restaurant (very vegetarian friendly with several options on offer), it was back to the hotel room where we stretched our aching muscles on the comfy bed and watched the DVD of 'The Field' that I had bought in Leenane. After breakfast in the very warm...

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