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Dublin Castle, Ireland

August 25, 2016 - Dublin Castle was first built in the 1200s on the site of a Viking fortress. It was the seat of English rule in Ireland...
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Chapel Royale, Dublin Castle, Ireland

August 24, 2016 - The outside of the Neo-Gothic Chapel Royale is covered with 100 carved heads. The inside is elaborately decorated with p...
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Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

August 23, 2016 - Merrion Square is a small park ringed by Georgian architecture, named for the four Kind Georges on the throne from 1714...
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Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

August 22, 2016 - Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious university. It was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1 to prom...
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Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland

August 18, 2016 - Temple Bar is the really hip area with all the trendy shops, pubs and nightclubs. We heard some good music here! To see...
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Dublin architecture, Ireland

August 17, 2016 - I loved the mix of old historical buildings and modern ones. Here is a sampling of both. To see my best pictures of Irel...
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Garden of Remembrance, Dublin, Ireland

August 16, 2016 - This garden honors the victims of the 1916 uprising that led to independence. It was dedicated in 1966. There is a mosai...
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Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

August 15, 2016 - We weren’t allowed to take photos of any of the French Impressionist, Pre-Raphaelite or Irish art that we saw in the mus...
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St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

August 12, 2016 - St Mary’s is a beautiful church just off O’Connell Street. After church, we ate at a place called Flanagan’s. I had a de...
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Post Office, Dublin, Ireland

August 11, 2016 - The general post office was the site of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland which finally secured Ireland its independen...
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Clery’s Department Store, Dublin, Ireland

August 10, 2016 - Clery’s department store is a venerable landmark in Dublin. With its great clock, it reminded me of the old Marshall Fie...
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Millennium Spire, Dublin, Ireland

August 09, 2016 - Built in 2003, the Millennium Spire is 390 feet tall (120 m). The spot used to be occupied by a statue of English navel...
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O’Connell Street, Dublin, Ireland

August 08, 2016 - Many statues celebrating great figures in Ireland’s fight for independence line O’Connell Street. Below are William Smit...
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Daniel O’Connell Statue, Dublin, Ireland

August 05, 2016 - Fittingly a huge statue of Daniel O’Connell sits at the base of O’Connell Street. The street is filled with many statues...
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Custom House, Dublin, Ireland

August 04, 2016 - The Custom House is a fine Georgian building with a long classical façade completed in 1791. Its dome is topped by a sta...
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Other Bridges in Dublin, Ireland

August 03, 2016 - There are lots of bridges crossing the River Liffy in Dublin. Here are pictures of two of my favorites. One looks like i...
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Ha’ Penny Bridge over the River Liffy, Dublin, Ireland

August 02, 2016 - The Liffy wends its way through the heart of Dublin. The Ha’ Penny bridge is an all pedestrian bridge and is named for t...
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Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

August 01, 2016 - The Bank of Ireland is housed in a grand Georgian building, originally built in 1729 to house the Irish parliament. When...
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St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, Ireland

July 29, 2016 - St Stephen’s Green is a 22-acre city park with a pond, fountains and flowers. It was originally a medieval commons that...
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Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland

July 28, 2016 - Grafton Street is a really fun pedestrian zone lined with shops, hotels and cafes. It runs from St. Stephen’s Green to T...
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Wolfe Tone Memorial, Dublin, Ireland

July 27, 2016 - Wolfe Tone was a Protestant Dublin lawyer who led the bloody 1798 rebellion of the United Irishmen. He was inspired by t...
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Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, Ireland

July 26, 2016 - While in Dublin, we stayed in the old heart of the city at a Georgian house that had been converted into a hotel. There...
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Japanese Garden, Powerscourt Gardens, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 25, 2016 - The Japanese Gardens were laid out on reclaimed bogland by the 8 th Viscount in 1908. They contain Chinese conifers, bam...
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Pepperpot Tower, Powerscourt Gardens, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 22, 2016 - The Pepper Pot Tower was built in 1911 and modeled on Lord Powerscourt’s dining room pepper pot. It is surrounded by sma...
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Pebble Mosaic, Powerscourt Gardens, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 20, 2016 - The Powerscourt Gardens are among the finest in Ireland with great views of Sugar Loaf Mountain. The pebble mosaic is ju...
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Powerscourt Mansion, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 19, 2016 - The Powerscourt House was designed by Richard Cassels in the 1730s. He was commissioned by Richard Wingfield, the first...
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Powerscourt Waterfall, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 18, 2016 - Powerscourt Waterfall is the highest in Ireland at 397 feet (121 m). It is on the back side of the 998 acre Powerscourt...
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Glenmacness Falls, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 15, 2016 - Glenmacnass Falls is where the Glenmacness River flows down the side of Mt Mullaghcleevaun in the Wicklow Mountains. The...
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Poulanass Waterfall, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 14, 2016 - Poulanass Waterfall is also on the grounds of Glendalough. When we were there people were racing up and down the path. I...
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Glendalough Upper Lake, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 13, 2016 - Glendalough was shrouded in fog when we visited which made it a bit eerie. We saw some red deer and a personable duck wh...
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Glendalough Lower Lake, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 12, 2016 - Glendalough was founded by St Kevin and his followers in the 6 th century. It grew into a large monastic settlement and...
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The Gate at Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland

July 11, 2016 - Glendalough comes from the Irish Gleann Dá Loch, meaning valley of two lakes. It contains the ruins of the monastic sett...
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Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

July 01, 2016 - The tallest of the Wicklow Mountains is 3,000 ft (914 m). Standing amid the rugged wilderness, it’s hard to believe that...
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Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland

June 30, 2016 - Kinsale is another charming town full of brightly colored buildings and renowned for its cuisine. We had a delicious din...
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MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, County Kerry, Ireland

June 28, 2016 - We drove across the Ballaghisheen Pass to see the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. They are the tallest mountains in Ireland, reac...
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Leacanabuaile Ring Fort near Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland

June 27, 2016 - These forts were built during the Bronze Age. Bronze is made by melting copper and tin for better tools and weapons. Thi...
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Cahergal Ring Fort near Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland

June 24, 2016 - Cahergal is the older of two ring forts near the town of Cahersiveen. They were built sometime between 500 BC – 300AD. T...
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Coomakesta Pass, County Kerry, Ireland

June 20, 2016 - One side of Coomakestra Pass gives great views of Caherdaniel. From the other side we saw the town of Waterville on Ball...
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Views from Caherdaniel, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

June 17, 2016 - This area boasts dramatic rocky coastlines. I loved the cloud formations when we were there. Near here is the former hom...
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Castle Cove, Ring of Kerry, Ireland

June 16, 2016 - The Ring of Kerry is a 110 mile scenic drive tracing the coast of the Inveragh Peninsula. Almost 2,000,000 people take t...
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Stone Circle, Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland

June 15, 2016 - County Kerry has over 100 stone circles built during the Bronze Age (about 4,000 years ago). They were used by ancient p...
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Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland

June 14, 2016 - Kenmare is a charming town with brightly painted buildings. I loved the purples, teals, yellows, oranges and blues all r...
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Ladies View, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

June 13, 2016 - The Ladies View is one of the most spectacular in the park! It overlooks the Upper Lake and mountains. It is named for t...
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Eagle’s Nest and Long Range River, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

June 09, 2016 - Eagle’s Nest is a large hill where the river between Upper Lake and Muckross Lake widens out. It’s a lovely spot for a p...
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Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

June 08, 2016 - One of my favorite spots in Killarney National Park was Torc Waterfall. It is a quiet place in the woods with a pictures...
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Muckross Lake and Gardens, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

June 07, 2016 - Muckross House is located on a beautiful lake and surrounded by extensive gardens. The gardens are renowned for their rh...
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Muckross House, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

June 06, 2016 - Muckross House is a rambling ivy-covered Victorian mansion. It was built by a wealthy landowner in 1843. In 1911, Muckro...
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Muckross Abbey, Killarney National Park, County Kerry, Ireland

June 03, 2016 - Muckross Abbey, a Franciscan friary, was founded in 1448by Donal McCarthy Mor. It was burned by Cromwell’s forces in 165...
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Gallarus Oratory, County Kerry, Ireland

June 02, 2016 - I love to stand in old stone buildings and ruins. I am always amazed at the building skills of people with no modern mac...
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Fahan Beehive Huts, County Kerry, Ireland

June 01, 2016 - The Fahan Beehive Huts were part of an early monastic settlement. They are dry-stone buildings (no mortar) that have sto...
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Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

May 31, 2016 - Dingle Peninsula is home to 10,000 people and 500,000 sheep. It used to have many more people until the famine wiped the...
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Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

May 27, 2016 - The Presentation Sisters came to Dingle in 1829 to teach young girls. The convent and beautiful Neo-Gothic chapel were b...
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Town of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

May 26, 2016 - Dingle is a pretty town with colorful buildings. My favorite color is purple and one building was painted bright purple!...
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River Shannon, Ireland

May 25, 2016 - The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland, starting in County Cavan and running 224 miles (360 km) to the Atlant...
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Liscannor Bay, County Clare, Ireland

May 24, 2016 - Liscannor means fort of Connor. This land was ruled by the O’Connor clan. The city did not exist until the early 19 th c...
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Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

May 23, 2016 - The Cliffs of Moher are some of the most breathtaking and dramatic sea cliffs in Europe! They rise 689 ft (214 m) out of...
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Thatched Roof Cottages, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

May 20, 2016 - I just love thatched roof cottages – so cozy looking! Not sure I would actually like living in one since I’ve heard that...
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Road Sign Insanity, Ireland

May 19, 2016 - Driving in Ireland is challenging because the roads are so poorly marked. Every now and then you will come to an interse...
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The Burren, County Clare, Ireland

May 18, 2016 - The word Burren derives from Boireann, which means “rocky land” in Gaelic. It’s the perfect name for the huge limestone...
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The Worm Hole Cliff, Inis Mor, County Galway, Ireland

May 13, 2016 - The Worm Hole (or Grioir) is a natural rectangular shaped pool on the coast of Inis Mor. When the tide is right, the cra...
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Dun Aengus, Inis Mor, County Galway, Ireland

May 12, 2016 - Dun Aengus (or Dun Aonghasa) means the “fort of Aengus” who was a legendary chief of the Tuatha De Danann. It is a fourt...
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Kilronan, Inis Mor, County Galway, Ireland

May 11, 2016 - We landed at Kilronan, the largest village on the island, located on Killeany Bay. The islands are famous for their dist...
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Traditional ways on the Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

May 10, 2016 - The population of Inis Mor is about 800 and Gaelic is the spoken language. The Aran Islands were some of the last places...
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The Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland

May 09, 2016 - The Aran Islands in Galway Bay are formed from a limestone ridge. Geologically, they are an extension of the Burren in C...
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Connemara Ponies, County Galway, Ireland

May 06, 2016 - Connemara Ponies are a breed that originated in this harsh, wild part of Ireland. They are very sturdy, strong ponies wi...
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Connemara National Park, County Galway, Ireland

May 05, 2016 - Connemara National Park has four of the twelve bens (mountains) within its boundaries: Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and...
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The Sky Road, County Galway, Ireland

May 04, 2016 - The Sky Road is a seven mile loop road that has great views of the Atlantic coast. It is a very narrow and twisty road w...
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The Bog Road, County Galway, Ireland

May 03, 2016 - Peat or Sphagnum moss (bog plant) is very light and springy. It can absorb many times its weight in water. The area is w...
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Roundstone, County Galway, Ireland

May 02, 2016 - Roundstone is a picturesque fishing village on Galway Bay. It is surrounded by the Twelve Bens (mountains) and overlooks...
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Leenane and Killary Harbor, County Mayo, Ireland

April 29, 2016 - Leenane is a picturesque town where the 1990 film, “The Field” was made starring Irish star Richard Harris. It sits at t...
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Aasleagh Falls, County Mayo, Ireland

April 28, 2016 - There is a pretty little waterfall at the end of Killary Harbor, called Aasleagh Falls. To see my best pictures of Irela...
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Doo Lough Valley, County Mayo, Ireland

April 27, 2016 - The Great Famine in the 1840s hit County Mayo particularly hard. Starvation and emigration emptied it then and the count...
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Croagh Patrick, County Mayo, Ireland

April 26, 2016 - Croagh Patrick is a 2,570 ft (764 m) mountain in County Mayo. It was a site of pagan worship starting in 3000 BC. To san...
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Clew Bay, County Mayo, Ireland

April 25, 2016 - We stopped for lunch in Westport, a little resort town nestled on the shores of Clew Bay. It was once a major port with...
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Parkes Castle, County Leitrim, Ireland

April 18, 2016 - Parkes Castle is a fortified manor home built by Robert Parke in 1610. The Parkes, an English family, gained possession...
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Glencar Falls, County Sligo, Ireland

April 15, 2016 - Glencar Falls evoked yet another Yeats poem. The Stolen Child by W.B Yeats WHERE dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth...
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Ben Bulben, County Sligo, Ireland

April 14, 2016 - When I saw Ben Bulben, I thought of was the poem by W.B. Yeats. For those who don’t know it, here it is: Under Ben Bulb...
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Innisfree and Lough Gill, County Sligo, Ireland

April 13, 2016 - When I stood on Dooney Rock looking out at Lough Gill, all I could think of was the poem by W.B. Yeats. For those who do...
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Listoghil, Carrowmore Cemetery, County Sligo, Ireland

April 12, 2016 - Listoghil is the large central tomb at the highest point in the center of Carrowmore, the largest cemetery of megalithic...
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Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, County Sligo, Ireland

April 11, 2016 - Carrowmore is the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and one of the great sacred landscapes of the ancient...
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Glengesh Pass, County Donegal, Ireland

April 06, 2016 - Glengesh Pass is traversed by a narrow, winding road that rises 886 ft (270 m). It is very beautiful but isolated. We di...
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Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland

April 05, 2016 - Ardara (Ard an Ratha) is a very charming little town! It is the weaving capital of Donegal and is renowned for its wool...
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Famine Cottage, County Donegal, Ireland

April 04, 2016 - Famine Cottages dot the Irish countryside. These are stone cottages that were abandoned during the Great Famine from 184...
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Sheep, Ireland

April 01, 2016 - Someone told us there are more sheep in Ireland than people. I’m not completely sure they were joking! J There are sheep...
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Horn Head and Sheephaven Bay, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal, Ireland

March 31, 2016 - Horn Head (Corran Binne) is a rugged finger peninsula on the northern coast of Donegal. It rises 600 ft (183 m) out of t...
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Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal, Ireland

March 30, 2016 - Lough Veagh (Loch Ghleann Bheatha) is 3 miles (4.8 km) long. It is in a U-shaped valley scoured out of the Derryveagh Mo...
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Glenveagh Castle and Gardens, County Donegal, Ireland

March 29, 2016 - Glenveagh Castle and Gardens are nestled in a starkly beautiful valley on the banks of Lough Veagh. The area was purchas...
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Donegal, Ireland

March 28, 2016 - I thought all of Ireland had rolling green hills like County Meath. I was very surprised when we drove to County Donegal...
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Hill of Slane, County Meath, Ireland

March 25, 2016 - The Hill of Slane has been an important site since Neolithic times. It contains several ring barrows dating from the sam...
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Donkeys, Trim, County Meath, Ireland

March 24, 2016 - About 700 years ago, Trim was an Anglo-Norman stronghold on the River Boyne that marked the boundary of the “Pale” – the...
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Yellow Steeple and Sheep Gate, Trim, County Meath, Ireland

March 23, 2016 - The Yellow Steeple is all that remains of the 14 th century Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary. The Sheep Gate is part of the...
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Interior of Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath, Ireland

March 22, 2016 - Trim castle is now a preserved ruin but was impregnable for the four centuries it was used (late 12 th – mid 17 th centu...
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Exterior of Trim Castle, Trim, County Meath, Ireland

March 21, 2016 - Trim Castle is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed over a thirty year period by Hugh de Lacy...
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Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland

March 18, 2016 - Monasterboice was originally a monastery founded in the 5 th century by St. Buithe, a follower of St. Patrick. It is now...
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Knowth, Brú na Bóinne, County Meath, Ireland

March 16, 2016 - Brú na Bóinne means Palace on the Boyne and is one of the largest and most important Megalithic sites in Europe. It was...
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Fishing boats, Kinvara Bay, County Galway, Ireland

March 26, 2015 - Today’s post is about boats in Ireland in honor of what would have been my dad’s 74 th birthday, if he were still with u...
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Hill of Slane, County Meath, Ireland

March 17, 2015 - In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are some personal pictures of the Hill of Slane in Ireland, including one of me with...
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Thatched Roof Cottages, Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland

March 10, 2015 - Things we take for granted at home: numbered state and county roads with clear directional signs that let you know what...
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