Friday, April 29, 2016

Picture review of Kilkenny and Killarney

Old farm house where we stayed. 
Kell Priory-extensive ruins of church, outer buydings and wall,  builtt parts date from 1183!

The Liffey in Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle
Flowering Quince
Light House On the Ring of Kerry
Tide pool-look a lot like the ones back home!
Torc Water Fall
Mockross lake
Mockross Hall
This part of Ireland is so beautiful and there is something interesting to see around every turn in the road!
Next up the Cliffs of Moher!
Cheers, Claire W.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dublin day 2

Well we had a nice walk over to the Gaol only to find out it was booked for the day*&^*%^&!! So we went to the museum of History and Decorative Arts instead.  It's located in the former Military barracks. A beautiful group of old stone buildings.
We hit the History section first and viewed an exhibit of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Irish rebellion. An attempt by the Irish to separate from the British government.  A precursor to many events that ultimately brought independence. 
Then I insisted we go to the textile exhibits, and they did not disappoint!

The signage says this is a wood block but it sure looked like a copper plate to me which would make more sense?! 
  I think this last set is particularly interesting,  Take away the vail and the woman could past for someone from the '60's!
Went on a Pub crawl with my kids last night did not goto sleep 'til 
3:00AM  I can't remember the last time I stayed up that late!!!
It was fun,  everybody sings here!
We are on to Kilkenny today!
Cheers, Claire W.

Friday, April 22, 2016

In Dublin!

We walked all around central Dublin and along the river yesterday but I took very few pix (probably jet lag).  But I dii get this shot of the walled garden at Dublin Castle.  It's a very cool space!  It's kind of  circle in a square.
  And the Spring flowers are still happening here as opposed to home where we said good by to the tulips weeks ago!  A pleasant surprise!
We are going to tour the old kilmain gaol.  The tour is highly recommended.  We shall see...
cheers, Claire W.