Monthly Archives: October 2015

Not Much Doing in Doolin

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We’ve had a nice few days chilling out in Doolin, time to check out all of the pubs. It’s a lively place, lots of tourists, particularly American and German. The pubs don’t have to try too hard, too much easy, captive trade. The bar man is kept busy, slightly understaffed in all cases, and the food nothing special but you… Read more »

The Bridge of Ross, Kilkee and Doolin

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Blink and you could of missed it, but as we departed from loop head, there was a sign to The Bridge of Ross. So we headed that way. On arrival at the carpark, and looking knot the small bay, you’d would have been excused for thinking ‘what bridge’? It was only the fact the sun was shining and we fancies… Read more »

Banratty, Ennis and Loop Head

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A rather typical Sunday it has to be said. A bit of a lie in was needed, and a gentle start to the day. We stopped on a campsite in Banratty, which had a castle and a recreation of a 19th century Irish village. This weekend they also had a Bluegrass music festival, but we couldn’t summon the energy on… Read more »

Limerick

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Into the city of Limerick today for a change of scene, a bit of a mooch, see a few sites, that sort of thing. It being a compact kind of place, Ann had directed us to the Crescent Shopping Centre on the south-west of the city, and only about a mile and half to walk in. Or of course there’s… Read more »

Kilmalloc

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We’ve come away from the coast to the town of Kilmalloc to meet up with Ann, an ex-colleague from back when Mel and I first met. Ann has lived in Ireland for the last 9 years and helps care for her mother. And whilst Josie is wheelchair bound now, she’s still got quite the spirit and glint in the eye,… Read more »

Askeaton, The Hell-Fire Club and Late Night Shenanigans

Continuing along the southern bank of the Shannon River we paused for a while, first at Foynes, then Askeaton. The former is the site of the flying boat museum. We stopped for coffee but didn’t view the exhibition. I managed to get some work done whilst I recharged the laptop, and Mel had a wander around the town. Apparently this… Read more »

Ballybunnion

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What a beautiful morning! Lovely blue skies and whispy clouds, what better time for a stroll on the beach. The beach is split at high tide by the old castle promontory into the Men’s Beach and the Ladies Beach. Although they are both very similar so I don’t think it was about one upmanship. Apparently it was because once upon… Read more »

Fenit, Banna Strand, Kerry Head and The Mouth of the Shannon

A little late getting going the morning, despite the bright sunshine. Trying to take advantage of the free wifi on the campsite. It was gone 11am before we were on the road Following the coast around the edge of Tralee Bay, we stopped at Fenit with a busy little harbour. There were a dozen or so small day fishers out… Read more »

Tralee

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Well, very little to report today. Rain this morning meant we were happy to be consigned to barracks and get on with some work. It brightened up in the afternoon, so we set off for the retail park for a bit of retail therapy. All we managed was a coffee and a new external hard drive, as mine is starting… Read more »