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April 2

Killarney - Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head


April 2

Today we took a tour bus around the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head. The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged coastline in Ireland and is scattered with ancient huts, historic buildings and traditional Irish heritage. Most of the area speaks Gaelic as their first language, English as second. Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe. We also stopped in Inch Strand Beach and had lunch in Dingle. This area is where Far and Away was filmed and where part of the recent Star Wars was filmed (as well as the next one).

Fitbit steps: 11,126

Photos from Inch Strand Beach

Photos of the town of Dingle

Images from Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head bus tour

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April 1

Killarney - Ring of Kerry


April 1

We took a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry today. The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. We stopped at a bog village, learned about turf or peat that was (and still is) used for heating. We made stops in Glenbeigh, Sneem, and Ladies View of Lake Killarney in Killarney National Park. We stopped for lunch in Waterville and tried sheppards pie. The weather was very rainy and windy but we made the most of it.

Fitbit steps: 11,870

Images of Ring of Kerry

Beehive Huts

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March 31

Drive to Killarney

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March 31

Today we drove from Cork to Killarney. We took the scenic route which turned out to have narrow roads, luckily there was not much traffic. We stopped for breakfast in Bantry where Sean ordered an omelet which was served with french fries and a salad. Our drive took us through part of Killarney National Park. Sean reserved us an apartment in Killarney which is very nice and a perfect location. We spent the rest of the day scoping out the town.

Fitbit steps: 18,236

Bantry Golf Course

Photos from the drive

Driving settings

Molly Gallivan's Cottage & Traditional Farm
Remains from a famine home

Killarney National Park

St. Mary's Cathedral in Killarney

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March 28-29-30

Cork and Kinsale

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March 28

Ireland celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. The Easter Rising was the launch of the Irish Republicans to end British Rule. It is considered one of the most significant rebellions in Ireland’s history. We went down to Cork’s city center to watch the ceremony. There were thousands of people, flags were at half-staff honoring those who lost their lives in the rebellion. They had speakers and Irish music was played. We spent the rest of the day strolling around the city center area.

Fitbit steps: 11,881

Easter Rising - Irish flag at half-staff

Images around Cork

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral Cork

Cork street signs - all signs, whether they are street or building signs, are in Gaelic and English. Gaelic is Ireland's native tongue.

March 29

We used the public transportation and took a bus down to Kinsale. It is an adorable small town. We hiked out to Fort Charles, a 17th century star shaped fort. From the fort there are amazing views of Kinsale and the Atlantic. On the walk back to town we stopped at Bulman’s Pub for fish and chips and a pint! Our next stop was Desmond Castle which is a tower house. It was used as a prison at one point, some of the prisoners were Americans from the American Revolutionary War serving in the Navy.

Fitbit Steps: 19,222

Images of Kinsale

Fort Charles

Kinsale Harbor

Wanda working on her beer-stache at Bulman's

Desmond Castle and photos of what happens to Sean after Wanda takes him to one-too-many museums.

Drive back from Kinsale

March 30

We went down to the Cork City and County Archives so Wanda could meet with them to answer some genealogy questions. We also went to the Butter Museum which was actually very interesting. We went back to our room early to pack up since we are headed to Killarney on the 31st. Olivia, the owner of the house where we are renting an AirBnB room, informed us that her grandmother on her mom’s side was a McCarthy. She told Sean they could be distant cousins. I have posted a photo of Olivia and Sean so you can all see the family resemblance.

Fitbit steps: 13,697

Sean and Olivia

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March 27

Cobh and Blarney Castle

all seasons in one day
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March 27 - Happy Easter!

Today was one of our favorite days. We took a bus to Cobh (pronounced Cove). We toured the Titanic Experience and the Cobh Heritage Emigration Center. We stood where the final boarders stood before they were taken out to the Titanic. Cobh was the last stop before the Titanic set out for America. Both museums are full of information, which maxed Sean out as usual. Took him to the candy store to give him a sugar buzz to keep him going. We also went to see St. Colman’s Cathedral. Cobh has a population of approximately 10,500 but they have one of the largest cathedrals we have ever seen. The first sight of the cathedral takes your breath away as the spire seems to be reaching for heaven. The inside is just as elaborate.

Replica of Titanic 3rd Class Rooms
Replica of Titanic 1st Class Rooms

Cobh's St. Colman's Cathedral

Images of Cobh

We then took a bus to Blarney Castle. We were just as awe struck with the castle as we were with the cathedral. For those of you who do not know the Blarney Castle was built by Cormac McCarthy in the tenth century as a wooden structure. In the 11th century it was rebuilt in stone. The kitchen is on the fifth floor and food had to be brought down to the lower floors. The stairs are windy, uneven and it is dark but we made it to the top. The views were amazing and the grounds are very well kept. We were lucky that the it had stopped raining and the sun had come out. It is crazy to image how they once lived.

Fitbit steps: 18,610

The Blarney House
Blarney Castle Grounds
McCarthy's and the Blarney Castle
Wanda's idea of heaven - castles and chocolate

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