Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Offaly, Ireland

Jun 5, 2018 - Tralee to Clonmacnoise

Monday, June 4 My sister asked for a description of ‘full Irish breakfast’, so here it goes: Two slices of what we would call Canadian bacon, two sausages, grilled tomatoes, eggs, good brown soda bread, tea or coffee, and juice. Beans and grilled mushrooms are sometimes included and little round things of black pudding and white pudding (mysterious haggis-like concoctions we have them leave off). Some fruit, cereal, yogurt and other bread options are also possible. Needless to say, this sets you up for the whole day until you finally look...

Jump to full entry

Apr 22, 2017 - Kinnitty Castle Hotel

Eric and Mary won a bet we made last November about who would become our 45 th president. Well, we all know who won. (:(. Our bet was who would pay for our night here at Kinnitty Castle. We arrived, and what a magical place. Our room was in the attic, and haunted. Ask Walt about that. We had a wonderful dinner, and a wonderful breakfast, and it was a friendly, lovely place. Close to Leap Castle also. Another set of pictures to follow. http://www.kinnittycastlehotel.com/ http://www.kinnittycastlehotel.com/about-us.html Kinnitty Castle...

Jump to full entry

Apr 22, 2017 - Leap Castle

You need to talk with Walt about his search for ghosts or spirits. Leap Castle is considered one of the most haunted castles in Ireland, and we had an enjoyable meeting with Sean, and this historic castle. Wiki does the best job of explaining the castle. It took some searching to find it, but it was a successful visit ! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_Castle

Jump to full entry

Sep 16, 2015 - Birr castle gardens

After a lovely breakfast at the castle, we headed back down the road to Birr. The castle there is a private residence, so is only open at certain times a year, but the gardens are open year round. The grounds are 50 hectares, and include formal English gardens, waterfalls, lakes, the worlds tallest boxwood hedges, a treehouse, and a telescope that was built in the 1840s. The telescope was the largest in the world fo 70 years. Lots of winding paths and things to discover, and plenty of birds. It must be spectacular here in the spring. Off we...

Jump to full entry

Sep 15, 2015 - Kinnitty Castle

After our amazing tour of The Rock, we headed up the road to our splurge night of sleeping in a castle. We had reasonable weather, and stopped in the town of Birr. It has an old castle, that has been owned by the same family for 600 years. It also has a hotel called Dooly's. We went in to say hi and stayed for a coffee. By that time it was raining again, so we decided to visit Birr Castle the next day. About 13 k up the road we found a grand gate, and turned in. The road went through the most beautiful forest for a couple hundred yards,...

Jump to full entry

May 25, 2015 - On to Tullamore

Noah here - Today we had breakfast at the B & B with Martina, which was great. Then we drove to Tullamore, a few hours away. We drove through a REALLY COOL tree tunnel to get to the place we’re staying. As we drove out of the tree tunnel, we were greeted by vibrant flowers, a red fox, and an old Irish house. After photographing the fox, we rung the bell - but no one was at the house! After waiting for a few minutes, Louie (the owner of the house) drove up and explained why he was late - his wife, Lucy, had broken her wrist, and she was...

Jump to full entry

May 19, 2015 - May 19th in Shannonbridge

May 19, 2015 in Shannonbridge Today we set sail at 9:00 am to try to be the first boat in the lock. Our skipper was dissappointed to find we were the third boat in the lock and we had to tie up on the other side that he had planned for. So his wife (and first mate and chef extrordanaire) was rushing around moving the big inflatable bumpers from one side of the boat to the other. We had only about a meter of space on each side of the boat but they did some precise maneuvering. It only took about 10-15 minutes to lower our boat to the river's...

Jump to full entry

Mar 18, 2008 - We are still alive!!

Hey everyone. You are probably wondering if we are all still alive. The answer is yes! We have been out at Kinnitty but now we are back in Dublin. At Kinnitty castle and local area they didn't have internet so I couldn't do any posts. I was concerned at first, but it was actually really nice. There wasn't even TV in our room. It was so awesome though b/c there was so much to do. They had falconry which was sweet, and we went riding also. There was hiking and all kinds of great stuff. It was nice being detached. We did a lot outside. St....

Jump to full entry

Jun 18, 2006 - A Pilgrimage to Clonmacnoise

Ancient Ireland was known as the land of Saints and Scholars but how can history ever forget its Marauders! The most infamous of these being the Vikings that sailed up and down the mighty Shannon River raiding the rich monastic cities of Christianity. "Heathen, you will burn in hell!" The captured monk with the shaven skull may have screamed at his wild haired and bearded attacker. To which the Viking may have replied, "Sorry mate but I don't believe in your religion. So give me that gold cross hanging around your neck before I cut ye...

Jump to full entry

May 16, 2006 - Birr - Castle, Telescope and Turbines

Enroute to Tullamore, we stopped at Birr Castle Demesne. The castle is privately owned but, the award-winning gardens and Science Center are open to the public. The largest telescope in the world, for over 70 years, was constructed at Birr Castle in the 1840's by the Third Earl of Rosse. The telescope looks and moves just as it did over 150 years ago. Charles Parsons, son of the Third Earl of Rosse, invented the steam turbine engine. It powered such famous liners as the Mauritania and the Queen Elizabeth at the turn of the century. The...

Jump to full entry


Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com