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Trip Start May 31, 2010
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Trip End Nov 20, 2010


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Next to the Slieve Bloom

Flag of Ireland  , Leinster,
Monday, October 18, 2010

We left our London Hobbit Hole early Monday morning in the dark to make our way by train to the airport. It soon became apparent we weren't the only travelers that day with luggage going to Heathrow by train as it was incredibly crowded. We meet our good friends Paul & Fran at Heathrow airport ready for the next part of our adventure travelling around Ireland and Scotland.

Alas, disappointment again... we arrived in Ireland only to find the sun shining with mild weather after being told to expect nothing but rain. But as travelers do, we pushed past this pain and endured this near perfect weather for most of the first week. The only small exception to this was our visit to the west coast where you may tell by the photos that the weather had turned a little.

We arrived in Kinnitty for our first week in Ireland and were pleasantly surprised to find our new home was only meters from the local pub in a lovely country setting. Our new landlord James greeted us at the front door with the fire already ablaze in the sitting room. It turned out to be a great location to base our travels from, we went to the west coast to look at the Cliff of Moher, Tullamore to see how the Tullamore Dew whiskey is made, drove around the Shannon river, canals and lakes and saw endless castle and monastic ruins to name a few. It was a wonderful place to relax and renew our energy after months of hectic travel. Unfortunately we relaxed too much and by letting our guard down we were all struck with a dreaded bug leaving us all congested, coughing and basically feeling like crap, so a chemist run was required. Even in our diminished capacity we did manage to frequent a number of Irish establishments for refreshments.

We went to Kinnitty Castle where we celebrated Nell’s birthday down in the medieval dungeon followed by a pub crawl which was only one pub and fortunately that was next door to our home. Lucky we didn’t have too far to walk. We went trout fishing the next day and there where heaps of trout, but them Irish trout are smart, they know the difference between real food and imitation. After a few attempts at casting the fly both Nell and myself came to the conclusion that the hire equipment must not be as good as what everyone else was using as they seemed to be able to cast 3 times as far with greater accuracy.

BONUS BLOG SURPRISE - For those who have endured our European blog you will be happy to know that it is finally payday. All you need to do is comment on any photos from this blog and your name will be removed from the invitation list to slide night on our return. (PS - Family are excluded from this offer, you’re not getting out of it that easy)
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Greeny on

Sounds like you have had your share of dramas along the way but dramas aside it looks like an amazing trip.Hope you have recovered from your illness so you can enjoy that beautiful Irish weather (not what I thought Irish weather would be like). Brad I would be happy to come to your slide night so long as you supply the beer.

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andrew_tammy on

hi guys your blogs are hilarious - andy and i are enjoying them so keep up the good work - and keep drinking those ales to keep warm!! we miss you. love tam

Wilma and Mike on

Sure wish we could be there for "slide" night! It's been good reading...all the trials and tribulations of an amazing journey. So glad that we met you in Venice!

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