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22.2.16

Back to Ireland

Jim and I returned last night from a week in Ireland.  We stayed in B&Bs  this trip as we did so many years ago on our first trip.  This time we spent most of our time in and around Galway and then in Dublin.
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.


1 comment:

Kathy said...

What a lovely trip! And your pictures are beautiful. Glad that you were able to return to a country you love so much.