Category: Ireland
Rennaderry Road
| January 26, 2012 | 4:47 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

On my last day in Ireland, I was sad to be leaving my Grandpa’s house, which I really love…

A view of some of my grandpa’s farm.

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Belfast and the Northern Coast
| January 25, 2012 | 2:20 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

I spent my last two days in Ireland checking out Belfast and the Northern Coast (where one of my Aunts lives) with my dad. Enjoy the pics!

A scenic stop, with Dunluce Castle in the background.

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Lough Neagh and more
| January 24, 2012 | 4:45 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

After going out with my Dad and Uncles to the local pub last night, we again had a quiet day. We visited my grandmother’s grave, and then drove around the area with my Grandpa, taking in some of the sights…

The Ardboe High Cross is over 1000 years old, and still largely intact. 

We happened upon this rainbow while driving through the area where my dad lived before the family moved to my Grandpa’s current house.

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Peatlands Park
| January 23, 2012 | 4:29 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

After getting to my Grandfather’s house pretty late last night, we had a quiet day. We went to Mass, visited with some of my family, and then checked out Peatlands Park: Read more »

| January 22, 2012 | 4:18 PM | Ireland | Comments closed


We met these two cuties at one of our first “Kodak” stops.

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Dungarvon, Limerick, Galway
| January 21, 2012 | 4:06 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

This morning was a visit to my Dad’s Aunt (my Great Aunt!) and her husband, who live in Dungarvon. They were also very hospitable, and fed us lunch. Like my Dad’s friend Liam, they were sad we weren’t staying longer and encouraged us to come back in summer when the weather is nicer (and the tickets and hotels are more expensive! Hence our January visit). Read more »

Waterford, Fethard
| January 20, 2012 | 3:11 AM | Ireland | Comments closed

Yesterday was mostly filled by a visit to my Dad’s friend Liam (and some more driving!) though we did get to go to Waterford crystal in the morning. They have a small factory inside the city and though it was clearly built for tourist visits, it’s really nice.

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Dublin to Dunmore East
| January 19, 2012 | 3:00 AM | Ireland | Comments closed

Tuesday morning was Dublin Day 2, and it started relatively late, with breakfast at around 845. My dad and I then set off for a walk across Dublin to the Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin’s jail from the turn of the 19th century until 1926, and the site where the leaders of the 1916 Rebellion were executed.

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Dublin Day 1
| January 16, 2012 | 7:24 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

My dad and I landed in Dublin this morning bright (well, the sun was just starting to rise, so not quite) and early at a little after 8AM. After getting very little sleep on our 5.5 hour flight from Philly to Dublin (we had to connect after a flight from NYC to Philly) we were both pretty tired, but since we couldn’t check in to our hotel until 2PM, we decided to hit the ground running. After driving around the city for awhile, we decided to go to the Guinness Storehouse

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Reaching for Roots
| January 14, 2012 | 4:01 PM | Ireland | Comments closed

The last time I visited Ireland it was the summer after 7th grade, and I was only 12 years old. Almost 8 years later, and I’m finally heading back! My Dad and I leave for Ireland tomorrow. We will be visiting family for sure, as we always do, but I’m especially looking forward to actually seeing some of the country – we land in Dublin, where we’ll spend a day and a half, and then were heading to Waterford, and then up to Galway for a couple of days. Then, next weekend, it’s up north (County Tyrone) to stay with my Grandpa and visit the nearby family (uncles, aunts, cousins galore), with a day trip to Belfast thrown in before we leave next Thursday.

I’ve decided to chronicle my little adventure here every though it’s not a study abroad, because I love being able to look back at my posts from Germany and Australia.

Slán go fóill