Category Archives: Ireland

roadtrip summary

When I set out from Dublin, I didn’t have a detailed plan regarding where I would go.  I only knew there was an arts festival in Kilkenny that I wanted to check out, and that I wanted to see Galway.  … Continue reading

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achill island

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ancient sites

This is probably the most beautiful view I experienced in Ireland.  Located at the northern shore of County Mayo, Ceide Fields is an archeological site where a civilization once thrived thousands of years ago.  Evidence of dwellings and stone walls … Continue reading

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my very own

Yes, there is an ice cream named after me.  And  yes, it was delicious.  I got the triple chocolate.  Twice.  That’s right.

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fracking

I took a detour along a scenic route between the Mullet peninsula and Ballycastle in County Mayo.  There was quite a bit of rain, and suddenly I came upon what I thought were road workers.  A truck was backing into … Continue reading

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rural Mayo

This is peat.  Essentially it is plant matter than has been compressed and preserved in a bog over thousands of years.  It doesn’t rot because of the high water content of the soil. Farmers cut the peat from a bog … Continue reading

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in the news

I’ve been listening to the radio a lot while driving, and watching the news on occasion in the evenings.  It is clear that the Irish economy is in big trouble.  A man I met in a pub told me that … Continue reading

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scenery

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bed & breakfast brown bread (love that alliteration)

Only one factor determines if a bed and breakfast is exceptional: the quality of its brown bread. One should not be able to lift a slice of brown bread in its entirety; it should crumble.  One should have to break … Continue reading

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through the looking glass

Driving on the wrong side of the road while sitting on the wrong side of the car has been an adventure. Apparently automatic transmissions are rare in Europe.  Budget did not have one available in the category that I chose, … Continue reading

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