Ireland - south
Trip Start Feb 18, 2004
80Trip End Dec 05, 2005
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The first day was a drive from Dublin to Galway stopping at Clonmacnoise - an old church and graveyard. We went out in Galway to a couple pubs and heard some live music. At the first pub we were at, there was a big Irish guy near me that decided I was his new best friend. He was a bit drunk and kept talking to me about whatever (including telling a scene from "Smokey and the Bandit"). His girlfriend and her friends were a bit embarrassed by him and moved tables while he wasn't looking.
Group at pub in Galway
Day 2 we drove south and saw the Cliffs of Moher and stayed in Killarney. It was so windy up at the Cliffs that you could lean at about a 45 degree angle and stay up.
Tom at Cliffs of Moher
We went out for dinner and a couple different pubs trying to find someplace alright. We ended up at a bar with both dancing and live music.
group at one of the bars we stopped at in Killarney
The next day we lost our Swedes and drove out along the Dingle peninsula and saw lots of pretty scenery and stayed in Dingle. By then my cold was draining me, so I wasn't feeling good enough for doing much in the evening.
group on beach
On the fourth day we went around the Ring of Kerry and stayed in Killarney again. I thought the scenery along the Dingle Peninsula was better than the Ring of Kerry. We were supposed to do some karaoke that evening, but the bar that had it had a live band on first that didn't start 'til almost 11pm and karaoke wasn't going to be on 'til 1am! (isn't that crazy!?!) Day 5 we started heading east stopping at Blarney Castle (yes, I kissed the stone) and stayed in Kinsale.
Tom at Blarney Castle
The last day all we did was see the Rock of Cashel and stop in Kilkenny for lunch. The rest of the group continued on to Dublin, but I chose to stay here in Kilkenny for a few days to try and get over my cold. Though there's really only one place a person wants to be when they're sick. . .home.
Spanky at Kilkenny Castle
I'll return to Dublin on Sunday and start my tour of the north on Monday. One of the other tour guides we met in Killarney was a freak so I have to hope I don't get him.