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Jun 17, 2012 - Dublin to Kilkenny

On Friday, the heavy rain and wind continued. My 6-year-old raincoat was soaking wet in minutes, despite my Scotchguarding efforts last week. We headed for a store, where I found a jacket on sale for 30 Euro, or about $38. It's been well worth it. We rode the train into Dublin from Dun Laoghaire. Our first stop was Trinity College, which is home to the Book of Kells. This copy of the four Gospels, prepared by monks in the Dark Ages, is beautifully illustrated and written. We waited in a long line to get a short look at a few pages, but they...

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Apr 15, 2011 - North Wales & Ireland

We headed to the west coast of Wales as Jean, Brian and Andrew were having a weeks holiday at a resort in Pennal and we planned to meet up. When we arrived at the resort Brian had gone missing. Paul and Andrew found him an hour later, he had taken a short cut to meet us at the main entrance while we had come up the main drive so we missed each other :--) It was lovely for us all to catch up and we tucked into a tasty lunch at the resorts bar with tea and welsh cakes to follow. While in west Wales we stayed at a fantastic site in Clarach....

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Sep 29, 2010 - Carnew

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND My maternal grandmother always told me I was ‘Scots-Irish’ on her side, but I never really understood what she meant by this. Her maiden name was Price and my grandfather’s name was Walker, so I always assumed that she was of Scottish ancestry and her husband was Irish. I will have to check with family members who know more, but I now think that I am descended from ‘Planters’ when I consider my mother’s lineage. The English planted vast numbers of people from Scotland and England to suppress the Irish in their own land,...

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Sep 29, 2010 - Glendalough

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND The setting for one of the most spiritual of Ireland’s great monastic sites couldn’t be more beautiful, or green. ‘Glendalough’ means ‘valley of two lakes, and it was here that St. Kevin, born in 498 and from the royal house of Leinster, came to live as a hermit in a cave high above the lakes. He intended to live alone but many followed his example and he later founded a monastery in the middle of the valley near a small stream. The monastery became a pilgrimage place after his death around 618. Yes, the legends have him...

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Sep 29, 2010 - The Sally Gap

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND During a campaign to flush out the rebels after the uprising against the English in 1798, the Military Road, as it has come to be known, was constructed. It is now labeled on maps as R115 and it takes drivers through some of the starkest countryside in County Wicklow, a short distance south of Dublin. The landscape is almost completely empty here, except for the occasional small flock of sheep or a wild deer or two. The Sally Gap is a remote pass surrounded by a massive blanket bog, outcroppings of rock and little else....

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Jan 27, 2010 - Day 2

Ireland is beautiful! That's all I have to say. The flight was rough but I made it over here without any problems. I'm at orientation but I'll be going to Dublin on Saturday. Tomorrow we're going to Glendalough which is an ancient monastic site, which is going to be awesome and cold at the same time, so I should get some sleep. Love, Sasha

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Jul 13, 2009 - Riverdance, Wicklow & Oxegen Festival

Hi everyone! I have had a verrrry full past couple of days and am running on not a lot of sleep, but my weekend/end of last week was a lot of fun. On Wednesday, I went to see Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre. A couple of us got dinner after work and then headed over to the show. I saw Riverdance back in Virginia four or five years ago, but I thought it would be fun to see again when I was actually IN the country where it originated. We bought the cheapest seats, in the second-to-last row, but it turned out almost the whole section in front...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Day 3 - Powerscourt House

We started the day with another big breakfast and caught a taxi to pick up our rental car. After quite a long wait, we were on the road. Our original intention was to head north to Newgrange and Knowth but we decided to head to Powerscourt House and Gardens, in Enniskerry, instead. As luck would have it, it started to rain as soon as we left the city limits. The drive to Powerscourt was pretty easy but it was pouring by the time we got there. We decided to have a go at it anyway and toured the gardens in a downpour. The grounds were...

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Jul 5, 2009 - Day 3 - Glendalough & St. Kevin's Monastery

Glendalough is the site of St. Kevin's monastery. The rain let up a little so the driving wasn't so bad and we enjoyed the gorgeous views of the mountains and fields. We arrived at Glendalough as the rain got heavier. Since we were soaked already, we figured it didn't matter. We opted for a guided tour that started with a video. By the time the video was over the sun had come out and we were able to walk through the ruined cathedral and St. Kevin's church. There was also an amazing round tower and cemetery (which is still active). We took a...

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May 14, 2009 - Glendalough

Driving through the narrow stone-fringed roads of the Wicklow mountains, one expects the Black Riders to show up any minute, and that HObbiton will be around the next corner. The forests are so lush here - apparently trees grow faster in Ireland than in any other country in Europe! THe monastic ruins at Glendalough were stunning. Drive on.

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Oct 29, 2008 - Avoca, Co Wicklow - Ballykissangel

Weather: Very Cold, Rain, Sleet, SNOW!!! We sorted our our luggage and went to check-out. Our Grumpy breakfast lady, was acting as receptionist today. She told us that check-out time was 11.30, so we decided to do the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Dublin. We were first on board so were able to get the top deck front seats, but oh.... it was soooo cold! There was also traffic chaos, so the bus trip took a lot longer than normal. Lyn's earphones weren't working so I swapped with her, as I've been to Dublin before, and could just sit back and...

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May 21, 2008 - Wicklow Mountains/Glendalough

Took a tour down to Glendanough/Wicklow where they filmed a few movies such as Braveheart and Excalibur. Beautiful lakes, mountains and countryside one hour south of Dublin. Met a coule of Aussie blokes on the tour(thanks Brett and Kim for a great time!) Had a few pints of Guiness and Cider in Temple bar with them afterwards and hit up a few of the clubs.

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