Welcome to Ireland!
This is Ireland, with a "wee bit" of sun to brighten things up.
This old fishing boat was beached long ago in the colorful village of Cobh. Cobh is on an Island just east of Cork. Cobh is interesting
because it was the last port of call for the Titanic.
Another brief period of wonderful sunlight. This was taken in Northern Ireland just out side of
Ballycastle. It was a short walk through the field to the cliffs overlooking
the coast, but by the time I got there, the sun was gone and it was raining.
The Ulster American Folk Park, near Omagh, is well worth the price of admission. It celebrates the hardship of the
Irish and the migration to America. It surrounds the farm home of Thomas Mellon who later came
to the states where he rose to wealth and fame as a philanthropist.
These rowboats were tied along a creek near the Ross Castle at Killarney.
The Irish do pubs better than anyone. We found these Irish musicians in Dublin's famous
Oliver St. John Gogarty pub in the Temple Bar area. As these musicians attest, Guinness
is the brew of choice. You can sit in the small pub and sip your brew, then go upstairs to
the restaurant and enjoy great traditional Irish food like bacon (ham) and cabbage or Irish Stew.
The harbor of the colorful village of Kinvarra, across the bay from Galway, wasn't so colorful
when I captured this scene on an early rainy morning. Dunguaire Castle is in the background. This castle
has been restored and now features a traditional Irish evening of dinner, drink, music and dancing. We had
reservations there, but somehow they were "lost," much to our disappointment.
The brooding Ross Castle. It dominates the shore of Killarney's Lower Lake. Known as a tower house, it
dates to the 15th century. It has has a facinating history, and has been partially restored. Tours are
I've never been a Yeats fan, but a friend asked us to bring back a Souvenir of Yeats. It just so happened
that our route took us by Yeats' burial place near Sligo in Northern Ireland.