We chose to focus on two areas in Ireland and wrapping up our visit in Dublin and already it is time to move on.

We have been “pottering” around in Dublin for the last three days and with no to-do list to tick off we have gone where things looked interesting.

Some huge and amazing sand sculpture in Dublin Castle
Some huge and amazing sand sculpture in Dublin Castle
There were three of these giant sand scuptures in thte Castle
There were three of these giant sand scuptures in thte Castle
A very moving scupture remembering the Famine - this one was beside the river Liffey in Dublin
A very moving scupture remembering the Famine – this one was beside the river Liffey in Dublin

It is a pleasant city, there is no particular feature that stands out (other than the towering spike) but as you wander around you come across many memorials to the struggle for independence, the famine and the literary revival of the late 18th and early nineteenth century. In between there are bars and a shops with a pleasant riverfront.

The Irish love their music as well as their literature. A street sign in Temple Bar
The Irish love their music as well as their literature. A street sign in Temple Bar
A mermorial to James Joyce in St Stephens Green in the central city
A mermorial to James Joyce in St Stephens Green in the central city

The city has been busy with Rugby fans crowding the streets on Saturday (Ireland v Scotland) and Hurling fans crowding the street on Sunday (Galway v Tipperary).

I suspect he was having whisky with Guiness chasers. The cars missed him but his team still lost the Rugby later that afternoon
I suspect he was having whisky with Guiness chasers. The cars missed him but his team still lost the Rugby later that afternoon
Wedding photos in St Stephens Green on a Saturday afternoon
Wedding photos in St Stephens Green on a Saturday afternoon

Our last day in Galway was spent in the Connemara region which is West / Northwest of Galway city. It is marked by water and mountains, the former being in numerous Loughs (Lakes) and interconnecting rivers (and on the day we were there, thankfully stying in the clouds) and the latter being barren rocky hills that look very impressive.

Typical Conemarra countryside with Loughs and rocky hills and not much else. The hills / mountains were called the 12 Bens
Typical Conemarra countryside with Loughs and rocky hills and not much else. The hills / mountains were called the 12 Bens
We enjoyed a (small) Guinness with Martina and the locals in the Kiltulagh Pub in East Galway
We enjoyed a (small) Guinness with Martina and the locals in the Kiltulagh Pub in East Galway

We managed to get the rental car back without a scratch or dent which was amazing given the width of many of the roads we travelled along but overall, we found the driving pretty easy. Perhaps we are used to narrow winding roads.

She wanted to bring the foal home - a Connemara Pony - very cute & cuddly
She wanted to bring the foal home – a Connemara Pony – very cute & cuddly
Ruth getting kind of colour cordinated
Ruth getting kind of colour cordinated

Our lasting memories of Ireland and the Irish people will be the amazing hosptitality we received, their love of music, the ever changing scenery, some very special moments in Galway with our hosts Martina & John (I hope the rain cleared and you got the hay in John), the humour and their forgettable summer.

Well, we are off to the Lake District for a bit of walking before hitting the highlands.

The grand canal in Dublin during a peaceful Sunday morning stroll
The grand canal in Dublin during a peaceful Sunday morning stroll
Part of Trinity College which was established in the late 16th century
Part of Trinity College which was established in the late 16th century

 

 

 

 

4 comments

    1. We have been offline for the last week hence the late response, having a great time. Hope your adventure in Rarotonga was fun. We would love a bit of Island weather over here, there seems to be a cloud with rain that has been following us for far too long.

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