We spent the first day and night in Drogheda. We drove around to see a few sights, a battlefield in County Meath (Battle of the Boyne, 1690) and then Newgrange to see the stone age passage tomb.
|We took a short walk near the battlefield and it was nice to see lots of green!|
|To see the large passage tomb at Newgrange was impressive. It was constructed around |
3,200 B.C., which makes it over 5,000 years old.
|The mound is ringed by 97 massive kerbstones|
|The decorated kerbstone at the entrance is beautiful with the tri-spiral design.|
|The white stones gleam in the sunshine.|
|A second highly decorated stone is at the back of the tomb on the outside.|
Our weather the next day was not as sunny, but the drive to Galway was beautiful nonetheless. We stopped at the Kilbeggan Distillery for a self-tour and a taste at the end. Very smooth whiskey, a good thing for a chilly day.
|Looking for the entrance to the distillery.|
|The waterwheel no longer runs, but is still there. The river beside the distillery was rushing by right up to the building.|
|The patina on the tanks against the brickwork is quite striking.|
We made our way to the B&B in Galway in Bushy Park and seeing the little cottage at the bottom of the hill by the road was a treat. The owner's husband, Martin, was born there. He was the youngest of twelve children and said that only eight were there at any one time. I cannot imagine that because it was very tiny and still was beautiful at over 200 years old.