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Jun 7, 2018 - Connemara

Wednesday, June 6 Woke to a sunny day, and plans for shorter drives today before a couple of long days. We enjoyed a great breakfast cooked by our genial host. He let us run a load of laundry while we were having breakfast, and then we hung it out on the clothesline in the sunshine. I remembered the correct way to hang out the clothes from my childhood training in pre-electric drier days. We went the short distance to Clonmacnoise, another important monastic sight founded by St Ciaran in 548. It is near the river Shannon, and is near the...

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Aug 28, 2017 - Day 17 Galway and Westport Revisited

The mist is rolling in from the sea so it's quite wet. Michael assures us it doesn't mean it will continue to rain all day. We travel around the shores of Galway bay and stop in Galway for a few hours. The mist continues to dampen the day. A shop owner who is traveling to Mount Prospect in Illinois in a couple of weeks tells me that this is typical weather for August. They should have a couple of weeks of warmer drier weather in September. I was surprised that we remembered the streets of Galway from our earlier trip there. All shipped out...

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Aug 17, 2017 - Day 6 Westport House & Achill Island

This morning we visit the Westport house and the story of Grace O'Malley one of the true first feminist. She cutting to deceive her father to learn sailing as a woman on any ship was bad luck. Her father relented hence she became the most feared bootlegger of all times. Her father was a generous landlord who used his own money to buy food so the Irish in his area wouldn't die during the famine. The home was nearly sold as the families couldn't keep it up and pay taxes. Recently two investors from Westport have committed over 50 M € to rehab...

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Aug 16, 2017 - Day 5 Donegal, Belleek and trip to Westport

We hear there were no problems at the bonfire only a mess left by partiers. Not sure why but can tell we are alll relieved. Leaving Derry we see the symbol of statue placed for the peace treaty of two men reaching out almost like offering each other a beer but not quite shying bands. Many of the curbs are painted red white and blue which meant we're in an area loyal to the Britain and the Queen. The Ulster flags with the red cross and the crown arent supposed to be flown so the towns have taken to painting the curbs. Heading to Donegal the...

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Jul 16, 2017 - Retail

We spend considerable time shopping. In our defense, I will point out that 90-95% of that time is food shopping. Groceries are far cheaper than restaurants. Mo seems to buy shoes. Not for fashion, but to make adjustments. In South America, for example, she had packed heavy boots and decided light hikers would be better. In France, her comfy Keen shoes showed their age of a sudden, and blew out. Mo had to shop for replacements. The replacement turned out to be ineffective, so another pair was needed. Mo also loves finding treasures,...

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Jul 9, 2017 - Through the Connemara Region

Monday, July 3 Today we had a pleasant drive through the beautiful Connemara region from Galway to the town of Westport. The Connemara is an area filled with lakes, rolling hills, forests, sheep pastures and winding roads, as well as Connemara National Park. We stopped at the little town of Cong, which means literally a piece of land separating two lakes, the largest in the region. Among Cong's claims to fame is it having been the site for the filming of The Quiet Man in 1951 starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. This non-western earned...

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Sep 28, 2016 - Westport

I guess I have been testing the weather gods because today they got back at me. All day has been very windy with rain, sometimes driving rain alternating with a misty rain. Can't win them all. I drove a lot today, from Doolin eventually up to Westport. Along the way, I stopped at Neale, Cong, Ashford Castle, and Kylemore Abbey. I planned to also stop at a Famine Cross and a Bronze sculpture of a so-called Coffin Ship. The latter two did not happen because of the weather. I chose not to exit the car at the Famine Cross due to the heavy rain,...

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Aug 16, 2016 - Cong, falconry, the last of the High Kings, the cross

On our way from Galway to Westport we made a stop at Cong. Ashford Castle was built in the 1100's and is now a hotel (we did not stay there). It also has a falconry school where we learned about birds of prey and all were able to try launching Lima (the critter perched on Roger's arm). As you can tell from the pictures, we had a perfect sunny day, and the walk from the castle back to the village was exhilarating. Cong Abbey, for which the cross I saw back in Dublin at the Archaeology Museum at the beginning of the trip is named, was used...

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Aug 30, 2015 - Quiet Man Country

August 30-Quiet Man country This was a cool day. We are travelling North to Westport through some of the prettiest country around. Our first stop was in the community of Cong. It has a beautiful castle and estate called Ashford Castle. It is currently in use as a high end hotel. The grounds reminded me of Versailles because of their extensive reach and the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs that make up the grounds. Cong also has the distinction of being where the 1951 movie The Quiet Man was filmed. Ashford castle was a great place to...

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Aug 27, 2015 - Counting Rainbows!

Day 18: August 27th - A Day of Rainbows Good Irish oatmeal for breakfast this morning, top of the mornin’ to ye! Then out the door and on to the bus once again. We’re off to Connemara National Park, one of seven national parks in Ireland. We drove along Galway Bay, along the same route we took last night to Padraicin’s for our ceii (Pad rah scene’s), seeing lots of white horses dashing to shore. White horses are white caps in America. The wind was up! We rambled around the many loughs (lakes, or lochs as in Scotland), mountains and bogs,...

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Jun 11, 2015 - Ireland - Connemara

I will plagiarize today's entry right from the Craig Travel itinerary. Connemara remains the wildest and most romantic place in Ireland. (Maybe not that romantic). We drove around the Murrisk Peninsula to Killary Harbour, Ireland's only true fjord. We enjoyed a leisurely break at Kylemore Abbey on the shores of Kylemore Lough before circling Connemara and crossing the picturesque Maam Valley where black-headed sheep make up a large part of the population. (Most of them appeared to be regular sheep). We returned to Westport where we had time...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Ireland - Belleek, Sligo & Westport

Wednesday we left Derry under beautiful skies again. We crossed into County Donegal in the Republic then back into Northern Ireland to visit the Belleek Pottery factory in Fermanagh. We toured the factory and couldn't believe how labour intensive the plant was. Back on the bus and across County Leitrim to County Sligo and stopped in Drumcliff aththe grave of poet W.B. Yeats. We stopped for lunch in the town of Sligo and proceeded into county Mayo and Westport on Clew Bay. We were booked into the Westport Plaza Hotel for the next two nights....

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