Day 14: Macroom and Cashel

Opening note: Kudos to golfer Rory McIlroy on capturing the Irish Open last Sunday. He will donate his winnings in excess of $750,000 to children’s charities. Glendalough (pronounced “Glen duh lock” and meaning “Valley of the Two Lakes”) in County...

Day 10: Tales from Galway

If you look carefully, you’ll spy a skull and crossbones carved under the window in the photo below. This stone structure was built in the mid 19th century–although the window is said to have been part of Galway Mayor James Lynch’s home dating from...

Day 9: Clifden

It was time for a down day. My husband and I took off for nearby Clifden, in Connemara. On a sleepy Sunday afternoon, we managed to find marvelous carrot raisin cake and coffee before heading home along the famous Sky Road Loop. On the way we saw a sign for Clifden...

Day 8, Part 2: Bunratty Castle and Folk Museum

The present Bunratty Castle is the last of a series of castles that have existed on the same site. Built by the MacNamara family around 1425, about 75 years later it came into the hands of the O’Briens, the most powerful clan in Munster, and later Earls of...

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