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Mar 8, 2019 - Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth: March 8

This was another fieldtrip for another one of my Irish Cultural classes. The three places we went were ancient burial sites built thousands of years ago. The first place we went was Newgrange which is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is this burial site with a big white wall around it made of quartz stone. When the monument was built there is no way that would have happened and the stones would have most likely been like a carpet around the entire thing. There are kerb stones around the whole monument and some are carved and decorated. It...

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Jun 11, 2018 - Greencastle to Donore

Sunday, June 10 Today was for making the long trek from the tip-top of Ireland down to just north of Dublin. There weren’t any big sightseeing expectations, just a nice relaxing drive. We had the tire checked and had a little air put in, just to be sure and were on our way. Most of the roads today were A of N roads, depending on whether we were in the Republic, or in Northern Ireland. Like yesterday, the only real indicator of border crossing was the change in speed limit signs from miles to kilometers. We crossed back and forth several...

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Apr 22, 2018 - A sheep farm on the Ring of Kerry

My friends Ken and Linda Burger have been to Ireland several times and so when we were considering this trip we asked for suggestions for B&B’s. Without reservation they both named Taobh Coille. I did not ask but my Gaelic translator says it means “Woodland Side”. They were listed on the travel site as accepting our vouchers and so we made our reservations. We had a full English breakfast on Sunday morning, got almost wet in our tiny shower and headed out on the road again. A word about the car. It is a Toyota Yaris. The only vehicles I’ve...

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Apr 27, 2017 - Slane to Trim

Dinner last night at Inside Out was good. From there we walked to Boyle's Pub. At 10 p a group of musicians started to sing and play. They were the main draw. The pub filled to standing room only. Unfortunately only one girl could sing. Many tried. It was an impromptu group. Some played more than one instrument...quite well. Together they had fun as first one would sing and then the next so that everyone had a chance. Gord talked to a vibrant lady from Sidney, Australia who was quite interesting. She is visiting her sister. She plans to go...

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Isle of Shamrocks

Oct 7, 2016 - Valley of the Boyne

This morning we were in no rush and enjoyed exploring the castle and its grounds. We have a light day as this is our last day as a group. We are going to the Valley of the Boyne an area that has had humans living in it for thousands of years. They have left behind temple and burial mounds not unlike the indian mounds we find here along the Mississippi River. Before we go we gather for that group photo, and what a pretty place to do it. We load up for a short trip to the Boyne Valley Visitors Center. We tour the exhibits then have some time...

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Oct 3, 2016 - Newgrange - Tara - Trim

I added a picture of the Wellington Column in this update. As I mentioned yesterday, the Duke of Wellington was a native of the Trim area of Ireland. Most of my adventure for yesterday centered around Kells, Newgrange, and Tara. You will see some pictures of Celtic High Crosses in Kells. I had to make a hasty entrance and retreat from the town due to some charity walk they were going to have shortly after I departed. Newgrange was my next stop. Newgrange is a complex of some 47 varying sizes megalithic tombs that presumably also served...

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Oct 1, 2016 - Omagh & Trim

Long day driving, especially with two rather circuitous detours. I must say that the way they do road works here is pretty efficient except for detours (or diversions as they are called here). You would think there is some kind of tax on the number of signs they use for these things. Both times I probably would have become hopelessly lost were I not in a convoy of "diverted" vehicles. Good thing is I made it where I wanted to go. The first stop of the day was a proverbial "twofer" in Omagh, which is in Northern Ireland. The Mellon family,...

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Aug 2, 2016 - In the steps of the High Kings

I would love to claim that we are such experienced and wise travelers that we planned every detail of this perfect day, but to give credit where credit is due, I must give all the points to serendipity. We began with a sleep in. Yesterday was a marathon travel day, beginning with a 3am pickup at Heida's Home in Reykjavik. I was worried that I would not wake up at 3, so I elected to take the night shift as watchman. I used the time to catch up on the speeches from the DNC and the corresponding coverage by the late night shows. The time flew...

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May 1, 2016 - Dinner at Dunderry

Our dinner here was by recommendation of our B&B owners. As usual it was a way too much food bur absolutely delicious, quiet and relaxing after a very physically busy day. Dunderry Lodge is in a convert stone barn. Lots of character. Very much off the beaten path so if a local doesn't I tell you about it you'd never find it. Wayne had steak with very easy tasty mashed potatoes.

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May 1, 2016 - Newgrange

The passage mounds are older than pyramids or stone hedge. The stones around base and in passage are several tons in weight and come from an area 80 km.away. How did they do it?? There is a third area of mounds called Dowth the passage in all of them are aligned so that the sun enters them during Equinox or Soltice. Sunlight doesn't come in through entrance doorway but through a special opening called a light box above the doorway. Many smaller mounds surround the main large ones. The excavation and restoration and reconstruction has taken...

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Jun 26, 2015 - Ireland - Time to go home

Sadly we had to start our trip home on June 25th. Anne helped Sean with the potato bread for the last Irish breakfast. As you look at the pictures of the last breakfast of our trip you may ask where the sausage was. Oops. It didn't make the picture but did make the plate. We were pretty close to schedule when we exchanged hugs and goodbyes. I hope that we were able to sufficiently convey our appreciation to Tonni and Sean for opening up their house and hearts. We really enjoyed the unstructured time with them after the 15 days of structure...

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Jun 20, 2015 - Ireland - Brú na Bóinne and Tara

Today marked the end of the Craig Tours part of the trip. We took the bus to the airport with them but instead of checking in, we headed for the car rentals, or car hire as they call it locally. They presented us with an almost new white Suzuki Swift; manual transmission, of course. After two weeks of travelling in the bus on the left side of the road the transition wasn't too bad. I don't think I had driven a standard transmission since 2009 but that wasn't the issue; doing it with my left hand was the tricky part. Armed with our maps but...

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