Ireland 2019

Blarney Castle

We made Blarney Castle our final destination of the trip because it is only about 30 minutes from our hotel at the airport.  We got an early start because the rental car was due back that afternoon. I was extra… Read More ›


After we left the Rock of Cashel, we had about an hour yet until we reached Kilkenny.   One of the reasons we chose Kilkenny was to see the castle there and I was pleased to find a hotel across the… Read More ›

Rock of Cashel

We got up before Yvonne left for work to say “Thank you!” and “Goodbye.”  She probably wouldn’t want me to go on and on about it, but we very much appreciated her hospitality, her generosity, her chauffeuring skills, her cooking… Read More ›

Mizen Head

Yvonne is an avid walker and is really tuned in to weather in her area.  On good days, you can get a glimpse of the bay off in the distance from her dining room window.  On bad days, you don’t… Read More ›

Dunbeacon Stone Circle

We arrived at Yvonne’s from Galway in the early afternoon.  It was a nice, sunny day and she’d been enjoying sitting outside while waiting for us.  We decided she had a good idea and sat outside for a while too…. Read More ›

Bunratty Castle

It was time to say goodbye to Galway.  Our plan was to spend the next several days back at Yvonne’s, which meant another long drive.  I promised Mike that I’d make sure the GPS routing was keeping us on the… Read More ›


  Having been to Dublin before, my memory of the experience was that you could get a good glimpse of Dublin in one day –so for this trip, I decided we could take the train there and back from Galway… Read More ›