We landed in Dublin from a ferry we caught at Hollyhead, Wales. After spending the night in Dublin, we drove to the western part of the country and then south, making a circle that ended in Dublin again. We stayed the night at Galway (2 nights), Limerick, Killarney, Cork, and Killkenny.

Here are a few of our pictures (in no particular order). Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the picture.

 

There are fewer thatched roofs in Ireland than there once was, mainly because fire insurance is much higher. The wall around Trim Castle. This wall was used in the filming of the movie Braveheart. Church ruins, cemetery, and tower. Notice the high door to the tower. Monks climbed a ladder to reach the door, then pulled it up when Viking invaders attacked them.
Another view of the cemetery and tower.
Trim Castle
Grave marker outside The Rock of Cashel.
Cathederal in Dublin
Door at The Rock of Cashel
Not sure. I believe it is a horse hitching ring.
Cliffs of Moher
Barrel
Blarney Castle Tower
Another view of Blarney Tower. This is from the top of the Castle.
Blarney Castle. Yes, we kissed the stone.
Poulnabrone Dolmen. This is an ancient burial site - about 5,000 years old. It is about 1,000 years older than Stonehenge.
Kylemore Abbey. Built in the 1860's, it is now a girls' boarding school and is run by the Irish Benedictine Nuns
Lismore, County Waterford. Notice Pam patiently waiting at a door on the right.
King John's Castle in Limerick. Picture taken from a pub across the River Shannon.
Muckross House, Killarney
View from Muckross House
On the Ring of Kerry
Ross Tower, Killarney
Ross Tower, Killarney
Typical sign post
Tower at Rock of Cashel
Blarney Castle
Another thatched roof

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