A bit about myself,
I'm married with 2 grown children and living in a small village in Ireland. I am a Retired Postmistress, my hobbies are Travel and Computers and Photography. I have often been asked by people i chat to on the internet " whats Ireland like" well it's hard to explain in a few sentences , so I thought this would give them a better idea. I hope to show you a little tour of Ireland through some of my photographs and maybe some day you will see it in reality yourself.I will add more pictures as time goes on.
For those of you who haven't been to Ireland , take a trip with me around a few of my favorite places.
Our first stop is Cork Airport , 6 miles south of Cork City ,and 12 miles north of the beautiful town of Kinsale. A small airport with a big Heart.
Cork City is a small city, many of the buildings are very old and the narrow streets with colourful shops and restaurants give it's character , it also has a river flowing through it called the lee, hence comes the famous Cork song "My Own Lovely Lee" which at some part of the time you spend in Cork you are sure to hear .
Cork City at night
There are several historic sites to visit, one of these is the Old Cork Jail.
There you will see how life was in the 1900's, as the jail has been reconstructured with visual and hearing aids , you might even see the ghost of a small girl who was imprisoned there.
The Shandon Steeple is another landmark of Cork City that over looks the city, at certain times of the day you can hear the bells ringing from the steeple.
Blarney is a small village with a homely feeling to it, about 20 miles from Cork City
Blarney Castle and its grounds are in the center of the village and a must for everyone to see.
Blarney Castle is famous for its "Kissing the Blarney Stone" , they say if you kiss the stone , you will have the gift of the gab. You climb to the top of the castle , there you will find the famous stone embedded in the castle walls.
To kiss the stone you must lie flat on your back and reach across to the stone , there is a guide there to help and hold you .
Kinsale is 12 miles south of Cork Airport. It is a small fishing town known all over europe for its fine food and pubs.
It was an old english garrison town and it has been preserved with its narrow streets and roads, furnished with beautiful colourful window boxes and hanging baskets. It has 29 pubs so it's a paradise for those who love a pint.
There are lots of bed @ breakfast homes and a few hotels ,if you happen to be there on a sunday between noon and 3pm be sure to call to Acton's hotel. Every sunday there is a resident jazz band and the atmosphere is great , children are welcome.
Actons Resident Jazz Band
Charlesfort Nearby take a stoll around Charlesfort, a beautiful fort that is being preserved since the battle of Kinsale in 1601 , a must for those interested in historic buildings and there you will also find some of the most beautiful views of Kinsale and its bay.
Head around the coast and you will find Bantry, here you can visit Bantry house and its splendid gardens over looking a beautiful view of Bantry Bay.
Bantry is noted for its mussel fair in May. It's a weekend festival with street performers and free open air concert's of top performers like Mary Black , The Corr's and in the picture below Stockton's Wing and many others.
Stocktons Wing You can relax in one of Bantry's many pubs and enjoy a pint of the black stuff and eat as many mussels as you can as the mussels are complementry , and most important is to enjoy the craic.
Another view outside Bantry.
Travel out of Bantry for 8 miles and you come to Glengarriffe. Its a one street village with a beautiful mountain backdrop and picnic areas by the lakes , take a 10 min. boat ride over to Garnish Island and visit the Italian gardens.
It's a beautiful island full of exotic plants and flowers and breath taking views,well worth a visit .
Leaving glengarriffe take the mountain road to Killarney,some of the most breathtaking views are on this road, as you climb the mountain you will travel unspoiled narrow winding roads leading you too places like Molls Gap and Lady's View over looking Killarney. Breathtaking Mountain View
Muckross House and Gardens
Next stop is Muckross House and Gardens over looking the lakes of Killarney, here you can walk , cycle , or the fun way to get around is on the Jaunting Car (pony and trap).
There are many woodland walks around the lakes and where you will see wild deer roam, best time is early in the morning.
Boy and Young Deer
A nice place to visit is The meeting of the Water's, after the walk to the site you can relax with a cup of tea from the Tea House close by.
Meeting of the Waters
And after you have had a long day and just want to sit back and relax, no better place to be than MOLLY DARCY'S Bar and Restaurant,
MOLLY DARCY'S Bar and Restaurant,
it's roomy and friendly and great service , it's just a short distance walk or drive from Muckross House and Gardens .
Well I hope you enjoyed the trip.
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