County Kerry Journals

Five Foley Women Explore Their Roots in Ireland

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An April 2003 trip to County Kerry by Shaken_Bake

The Grove Lodge Photo, County Kerry, Ireland More Photos
Quote: My mother had been doing genealogical research on her Irish ancestors. For her 70th birthday, my sister and I, each with our daughter (hers, age 13; mine, 6) took her to western Ireland (mainly Kerry and Galway) to explore our family roots. It was simply "luffly!"

The Grove Lodge

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The Grove Lodge Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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It had been an exhausting day; we arrived at Shannon Airport after an overnight flight and picked up our rental car (after much ado at the rental counter). I took the first turn behind the wheel, which was on the wrong side of the car, which needed to be driven on the wrong side of the road! Nevertheless, we made our first foray onto Irish roads and made it in one piece to the small but scenic town of Killorglin, County Kerry. We couldn’t wait to relax and unpack at our hotel to begin our long-awaiting Irish vacation. We were immediately impressed by the grounds of the Grove Lodge. It is situated high on a riverbank, with a magnificent view of the Magillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountains in I...Read More

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The Grove Lodge
Killarney Road
Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland
353 (0)66 9761157

Norman Villa

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Norman Villa Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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The Norman Villa is an upscale B&B just outside the city center of Galway, in the Salthill neighborhood. Our family stayed here for three nights in early April and had the place to ourselves. The owners, Mark and Dee Keogh, were phenomenal hosts, and we were so pleased to have found such a great place to stay. The first thing you notice in this restored sea captain’s house is the artwork. The Keoghs have a very eclectic collection of paintings and sculpture and have decorated the rooms and the common areas with large, colorful pieces. The building itself was painstakingly restored and now boasts hardwood throughout, with sturdy and comfortable furniture. The rooms were of varying sizes, w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2005

Norman Villa
86 Lower Salthill
Kerry, Ireland
(091) 521131

Connemara & Ferry to Aran Islands

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Attraction | "Drive Through Connemara & Ferry to Aran Islands"

Connemara & Ferry to Aran Islands Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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We departed Galway early to tour Connemara, then to spend the afternoon on Inishmore, the main island in the Aran Islands. We drove towards Clifden, at the end of the peninsula, through the mountainous Irish countryside. My mother said she could tell that her forebears lived in this wild land because she felt a real kinship to it. We ate lunch in a pub, talking to some locals who were eager to tell us what they thought of America and politics. They are a thoughtful, curious people, and we enjoyed these encounters. The friendliness of the Irish people is certainly not hype - it’s just the way they are. We hurried to the port to go to Inishmore. Unfortunately, the road signs were sca...Read More

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Connemara & Ferry to Aran Islands
Connemara and Inishmore
Kerry, Ireland

Tour of the Dingle Peninsula

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Dingle Peninsula Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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The Dingle Peninsula is an incredible part of Ireland, jutting out into the sea, and is the most westerly point of Europe. The area is renowned for its rugged beauty, a place where the rolling green hills meet the rocky coast in the most spectacular manner. Our family set off early in the morning from Killorglin to make the circuit around the coast.We first stopped at the beach at Inch, a spit of sand extending out into Dingle Bay. We walked barefoot, enjoying the cool sand in our toes. There were beautiful views of the high mountains in the distance and the farm fields in the foreground. We proceeded west, on the country road, closely bordered by unique stone walls. We wer...Read More

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