Friday, 26 June 2015

A holiday impression of Ireland

My posts are always about my quilting exploits, but this photo-heavy post has nothing to do with making quilts, or any kind of needle and thread work on my part. You have been warned! On the other hand Ireland is a beautiful country.

I spent two weeks in May and June visiting the West of Ireland.We stayed two or three nights in B&B's  in the following places: Killarney, Dingle, Kilrush, Oughterard, and in Tullamore and one night in Dublin on the return journey. I unsuccessfully tried to include a map here, sorry.

From Killarney we toured the ring of Kerry

Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens: a hidden garden at the top of the rock garden.
Torc Waterfall. Aren't there always dare devils who clamber over rocks in a stream?
At the western end of the Kelly Peninsula the cliffs are high with wonderful views, I've been told. Unfortunately we only had about 50 metres visibility, so couldn't even see the sea! Alas, no photos!

From Dingle: The Dingle Peninsula

From Kilrush: Co. Clare

One day beautiful sunshine

Loop Head, at the mouth of the Shannon

and the next some drizzle,

The beach at Lahinch

followed by rain,
In the village of  Quilty, no less!
and the rain became a storm!

The Cliffs of Moher in a storm with driving horizontal rain!

After the cliffs there was just one thing for it ...!

The beach at Lahinch on the return journey. (with raindrops on the lens!)

From Ouchterard to Connemara National Park

where we found a good example of Irish humour.
official looking signpost

to the giant: late twentieth century antiquity!?

Conn son of the sea
built in 1994
… Mr. Joyce’s craft shop
for no apparent reason
Kylemore Abbey

The Church in the grounds of Kylemore Abbey


 On the way from Galway to Dublin we stayed in Tullamore and explored

Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey visitors' centre.

a peat bog: laid out as a tourist attraction with a long boardwalk and information boards along the route.

 and Athlone
Athlone from the Castle, looking across the Shannon

The River Shannon and the present day crossing; a river crossing which features large in Ireland's history.


One bicycle chained to the fence in the quadrangle at Trinity College.
We only spent half a day in Dublin and spent that time visiting Trinity College where we saw The Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels from around the year 800. The tiny paintings are beautifully and intricately done in many colours and with gold leaf. Needless to say, there's no photography allowed there. We intend returning to Dublin sometime soon, for a so-called "City Trip" of three or four days.

That concludes my tour of the West of Ireland. We have good memories of friendly and helpful people and interesting conversations in the B&B's and pubs along the way.

The following day we took the ferry to the UK and spent the next week touring in Wales (the land of my fathers!)  and around Bristol.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour, and maybe will make the trip yourself someday.

In the meantime, it's back to the sewing machine and the 1/4 " seams!

Happy sewing



barbara woods said...

thank you

Christine Barnsley said...

What fabulous photographs Marly! I really enjoyed looking at them. I have never visited Ireland and I would really like to go! Your photography is really good.... so much better than my holiday photographs would have been! Enjoy your weekend! :) x

Quiltdivajulie said...

Oh my goodness - I am SO glad I spent some time enjoying your photos! The town of QUILTY -- how fun that would have been to find!

Thank you for sharing these - they are WONDERFUL!!

Dasha said...

Stunning photography Marly, and beautiful things to photograph too. The storm at the cliffs looks awesome - wild and woolly for sure.

Magpie Sue said...

Do those waterfalls really exist? They look too beautiful to be real! Thanks for the photo tour. :- ) Looking forward to seeing Wales through your eyes!

Vireya said...

Lovely! I always enjoy seeing other people's holiday photos. Thanks for showing them!

Ruth said...

Glad you had a lovely trip despite the weather. When you next come back to Dublin check out the national archaelogical museum. They have a mummified body preserved by the bogs you were walking on!

MartiDIY said...

Everything looks so beautiful in Ireland. Thank you for the tour. That is someplace I've always wanted to go, and every picture I see of it makes me want to see it even more. I love the photo of the village. Was Quilty full of quilts? lol

Sarah said...

Looks like you had a great holiday in Ireland, somewhere I have never been. Your photos made it look really inviting. We got caught in that storm in our campervan on the north coast of Cornwall!

Katy Cameron said...

Ah, you went to some of my favourite places, although sorry it rained so much at the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin! Although the rain may have helped you find the location of some of my photo examples from previous lessons :oD