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An April 1996 trip to Ireland by ladyanne47

Brandon Mt. Ballydavid, Dingle Peninsula Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland More Photos
Quote: A by-chance trip to Ireland with two friends ended in a lifetime love affair with this country. I am looking forward to my third trip in a couple of weeks. Counties Galway and Kerry.

Go Ireland or Bust!!!

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Achill Island..a remote barren wonder!! Photo, Ireland, Europe
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I tasted my first sip of Ireland and I'm drunk for life. From the moment I got off the plane in Shannon, I was taken into a submersion of the magic, mystery and intrigue of Ireland. Everything about it. The air, the scenery, the people, the music, the culture, the pride of heritage, the friendliness, the architecture, the ancient ruins were all a whirlwind of diversity and beauty. From one place to another, I was spiritually taken up into an intense aura of another world, a world I have known before and almost recognized again, but not quite. No one can explain in words what Ireland is all about. The photos speak some. You have to see the twinkle in the eye of an Irish person and see the quick nod ...Read More
Kate O'Connor Apartment. Dingle, Co. Kerry Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Kate O'Connor, whose husband has a law office below the apartment, also rents a cottage in the back overlooking the hills. It has three bedrooms, and can house six people comfortably. Clean and bright, nice hot water, and come and go as we please. Right in the heart of Dingle town, halfway up the hill, nice view of hills and down the quaint street. Loved it, and loved Dingle, walked to pubs each night and enjoyed the sights of the Dingle Peninsula. One of my favorite weeks in Ireland.

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Dun Ulun House

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Hotel | "Panoramic View of Donegal Bay—Dun Ulun B&B"

Dun Ulun House Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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Dun Ulun House B&B, on the Donegal Bay near Muckross Head and between Killibegs and Carrick in the town of Kilcar, is one of the best B&Bs I have stayed in when traveling through County Donegal. It is in a great central area and on the sea. There is also easy parking. This B&B, and also hostel, sits on a high hill that overlooks the ocean and beautiful coastal landscapes of County Donegal. Most of its rooms are in the front, so you can enjoy the views. The breakfast room is cozy, and you will eat with a mix of travelers, some dressed in hiking gear getting ready to climb Slieve League and the Bunglass Cliffs nearby. Others are touring, but all are anxious to get going and explore County Donegal in the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2006

Dun Ulun House
R 263 between Killibegs & Carrick
County Donegal, Ireland
074 9738137

No place like Dingle Town..County Kerry.

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Brandon Mt. Ballydavid, Dingle Peninsula Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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The Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry is one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen, not only visually, but culturally and poetically. It is a photographer’s paradise of changing colors of sky, sea, and land that only Ireland can boast about. It is a mixture of spiritual and emotional ecstasy.  The Blasket Islands, off the coast of Dunquin on the Dingle Peninsula is the last piece of western land in Europe. The next land going west is America. In 1953, the remaining inhabitants of this island had to leave because the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2005

Ancient Sights of Ireland!

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Ancient Beehive Stone Huts of Dingle. Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Ireland is known as the "Land of Saints and Scholars" and with this comes many Ancient Sights of historical depth and mystery. The many ruins of ancient stone dot the country side, a ragged cliff hanging over the ocean or high on a hill keeping watch over days gone by. Ireland's history is complex but it's remnents are stubborn and still call attention to the craftmanship of the stone castles, churches and dwellings left behind. Some of the stone has remainned standing for centuries and will stand for more to come. Some have crumbled some, but still speak loudly of a people strong and willing to brave all odds.I love Ireland. No other place has ever affected me like it does. I think it might b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2005

Dick Mack's Pub

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Attraction | "Dick Mack's Pub--Not Your Average Shoe Store!!"

Dick Mack's Pub Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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Dick Mack's Pub is not just a PUB--it is a busy shoe and repair shop during the day. At one time there were no women allowed, but now the men folk give a big welcome to the lasses. Pub hopping is the biggest happening in Dingle town, and it starts early and ends on the strike of midnight. And they are not kidding. Twelve o'clock and the door is bolted and everyone is out. We stayed in Dingle for a week, rented a great apartment on the "hill" street, where the best restaurants are, and went pub hopping almost every night. Dick Mack's is the best place to start. In early spring fresh flowers sit on the counter and a merry spirit starts the evening off on the right note. The wall of shelves, on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Dick Mack's Pub
John Street
Dingle, Kerry, Ireland

Malin Head

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Attraction | "Malin Head, Donegal..most northern point of Ireland"

Malin Head Photo, County Donegal, Ireland
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Not many people make it to Malin Head near Ballygorman on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal. It is the most northern point of Ireland and probably one of the most remote and beautiful. Lot of flat barren land, smooth long beaches, and mountains that spill out into the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is said to be shaped like a bowl, the outside edge near the coast has the highest points of rugged mountains, and the central part lower and more pastoral and tame.To drive to Malin Head is an accomplishment and a reward. We spent days roaming the hillsides, and crawling around deserted ruins. Shopping in Malin and Buncrana was fun, not touristy but real shops for the Irish local folk themselves. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2006

Malin Head
Malin, County Donegal
County Donegal, Ireland

Dunluce Castle

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Attraction | "Dunluce Castle, Northern Ireland"

Dunluce Castle Photo, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland has a whole different feel to it, not because the scenery is better or worse than the Republic of Ireland, but because the people are much different. Most are more formal and not as friendly.I did, however, find the points of interest very enjoyable, such as Dunluce Castle in Portrush. It sits on the edge of a cliff, just barely hanging on. We saw it in the late day and the low sun made beautiful shadows and highlighted some areas with a yellow orange glow. It was late, and there were no other people about, so we explored it alone which gave it a mysteriousness. I especially liked the Romanesque influence of a set of pillars.Dunluce Castle of course is linked to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

Dunluce Castle
87 Dunluce Road
Bushmills, Coleraine, County Antrim BT57 8UY
028 2073 1938

The Glens of Antrim

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Attraction | "Glens of Antrim... Glenariffe Forest Park"

The Glens of Antrim Photo, Derry, Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland is indeed very beautiful, and has natural wonders to explore. The Glens of Antrim are so serene, green, and full of forests and waterfalls. It feels like one has wandered into "Sherwood Forest" and Robin Hood is about to appear with Friar Tuck. There is a wonderful restaurant and lodge there in Glenariffe called the Manor Lodge. What I enjoyed most about it, besides it being where Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson had their engagement party, was a long path to hike on that goes up the stream to the waterfalls through the forest. Wonderful green moss is growing on the rock wall formations along the way, and the mist from the rushing water makes it feel like a fairyland....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2006

The Glens of Antrim
Glenariffe Glen, Co. Londonderry
Northern Ireland

Kilclooney Dolmen

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Attraction | "Kilcooney Dolmen, Co. Donegal"

Kilclooney Dolmen Photo, Ireland, Europe
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The Kilcooney Dolmens are my favorite. The shape is so bulbous compared to others I have seen in Ireland. They are located near Glenties, in the area of Clooney, also near Portnoo and Naran. You might miss them if you are looking in the wrong direction while driving by. But once you spot them, all you want to do is park the car as fast as you can and run full speed through the farmers yard and back fields along ruts and mud, until you reach them and then you still can't believe how huge they are. It is a feeling of sheer amazement as you observe how the massive rocks are mounted on top of each other. It seems impossible especially since they are thousands of years old. I can't tell you how e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 27, 2006

Kilclooney Dolmen

Donegal, Ireland

The Heart of Ireland... Her People!!!

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Contemplating and relaxing at the local pub!  Photo, Ireland, Europe
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Many trips to Ireland all prove the same thing, that the very heart of Ireland is her people. No country can boast such vitality and wit from the smiling eyes and nods of their heads. They have stories to tell and songs to sing that kept the culture, and very life of Ireland itself, alive from the many many years of British rule and abuse in past history that really is not that old. I cannot remember a better time than being in a pub and thinking I was just dropping in for a nice hot cup of tea or Irish coffee. I always ended up talking, laughing, and enjoying the people who were there, so willing and happy to greet you and make you feel at home. The Irish do love Americans. Many of them ...Read More