A Travellerspoint blog

June 2007

Castles, Chickens, Schools, and Pig Stys

Bunratty Folk Park

rain
View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2007 The Sparkling Emerald Isle & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

June 2, 2007
The tour offered a 'full Irish breakfast" each morning. At Bunratty, this consisted of a base of scrambled eggs and what they called bacon, but we would call Canadian bacon or ham. I tried to stay away from the salty meats because of the swelling in my ankles, but I ate the eggs. To earn the title of a "full breakfast" a number of other ingredients are expected. In this case, we had

  • toast
  • sausages
  • grilled tomatoes
  • fried mushrooms
  • black pudding
  • baked beans
  • sautéd potatoes
  • condiments such as brown sauce

There was also cheese, cereal (hot and cold), apples and bananas, sweet rolls, bread rolls, butter and jam, juice and milk accompanied by tea or coffee
858084983535618-Covered_dish..s_Bunratty.jpgScrambled eggs and fried potatoes

Scrambled eggs and fried potatoes

Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Mushrooms and Tomatoes


My breakfast the first morning with black pudding

My breakfast the first morning with black pudding

The weather was drizzly rain. Got up and edited pictures and wrote email until about 10 and then decided it wasn't going to stop raining, so we walked to the little shopping area around the corner from the hotel,
3535601-Another_view_Bunratty.jpgThe pedestrian mall in the rain

The pedestrian mall in the rain


Postcard racks

Postcard racks


buying stamps

buying stamps


which includes the regular Irish post office in Bunratty where my grandson bought stamps for his postcards to send home to his family. In the Victorian age, the Post Office services ranged from mail to banking (Post Office Savings Bank 1861) and from telegraphs and telephones to the payment of old age pensions (1909). Following independence in 1922, the Department of Posts and Telegraphs gradually took on new agency work for the Departments of Social Welfare and Finance. Deliveries in rural areas were extended, motorized transport introduced and the telephone network expanded. The range of the Department's responsibilities led in the 1970's to plans for the break-up of the Department into two new State companies, one for telecommunications and the other for postal and agency services. In 1984, the Post Office was re-established as An Post.
Mailbox

Mailbox

Phone Outside in the rain

Phone Outside in the rain

Stone seat/memorial near PO

Stone seat/memorial near PO


In addition to the little post office where my grandson bought stamps for his postcards there was Blarney Woollen Mills. The website says that it... has everything you could wish for with names like Waterford Crystal, Belleek and Royal Tara as well as Jewellery, Linens, Irish Tweeds and Knitwear. We deliver to anywhere in the world But the things that we got were not the glossy souvenir type things or the crystal or knitwear. We got postcards, an aluminum bottle to replace the sports drink bottle that I left in the airport, Castles of Ireland Coasters US$ 11.41 gifts, and a Patrick Francis Classic Shamrock tie US$ 33.14. I also realized that I didn't have enough shirts or tops, so I bought myself a The Leprechauns Made Me Do it - Black T/Shirt $10.50
Coach park near the castle and hotel

Coach park near the castle and hotel


Originally (if our plane had not been delayed for 6 hours), I was going to go to Durty Nellie's to have an early pub meal. But by the time we actually got to Bunratty, I was too tired to go out, so we missed dining here. Durty Nelly's has three bars and two restaurants
27788033536220-Durty_Nellie..n_Bunratty.jpgDurty Nellie's back of my grandson

Durty Nellie's back of my grandson


We walked over to the Bunratty Folk Park. My feet were still too swollen to get lace up shoes on.
368428383536940-Looking_up_a..e_Bunratty.jpgBunratty Castle (grandson on right)

Bunratty Castle (grandson on right)


Sign on the castle wall

Sign on the castle wall

Back of the castle from outside

Back of the castle from outside


We got a wheelchair and did some of the village in the rain,
Grandson taking photos in the rain

Grandson taking photos in the rain


The park has both a vertical and a horizontal mill.
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Vertical mill


The Vertical Mill is a classic stone example of a rural undershot watermill.
Waterwheel

Waterwheel


3543192-Gears_Bunratty.jpgGears inside the mill

Gears inside the mill

3543193-Table_on_ground_floor_Bunratty.jpginside the vertical mill

inside the vertical mill

Steps to loft

Steps to loft


Grandson's photo of the mill

Grandson's photo of the mill


The Horizontal Mill is a working corn mill based on findings of an excavation in Mashangla Co. Cork. This type of mill is described in detail in Irish Law texts of a 1000 years ago. Such mills were still in use up to the middle of this century. We didn't go in that mill.
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Horizontal Mill


Millrace

Millrace


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Although it isn't very friendly for mobility impaired, due to having non-paved walking surfaces, the folk part is not only interesting for older folks, but also for teens and children. The children should particularly enjoy the animals
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barn

100_0294.jpgChicken

Chicken

haystack

haystack

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Sheep

goat

goat


There were a couple of places to eat inside the park. I saw two places on the way in to look at the buildings. One was the Country Kitchen, and the other was the Tea Room. I thought hot tea would be good on a damp day, so we went to the Tea Room and I got tea and scones, and my grandson got hot chocolate (€2.20) and a homemade apple tart (€ 4.00). Also available was soup, sandwiches (€3.40 to €3.85) and wraps (€4.50). In addition to tea and hot chocolate, they had available Coffee, Cappuccino, Milk, Still Water, and Mineral water to drink.

We sat at tables and benches, and the place was fairly crowded. I grabbed a seat where a man was sitting, and he said it was OK to sit there although his wife was coming along and they were with friends. I later found out that my grandson hates tea, and would rather have had a soft drink, and that he doesn't care much for scones. He did like the apple tart.

We did not stop at MacNamara's. My daughter cautioned me that Irish pubs weren't as child friendly as the ones in England, and it just didn't come into view at a time for eating. The website says MacNamara and Sons at the top of the village street is a fully licensed working pub in the style of an old fashioned hotel bar and provides modern catering facilities. The pub is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of the time and the fact that the publican not only sold drink in former times but also traded in groceries and hardware.
3536908-Bunratty_Folk_Park_Bunratty.jpgTea Room

Tea Room

Menu

Menu


606263423536265-Inside_the_B..k_Bunratty.jpgThe Creamery

The Creamery

Creamery in the background

Creamery in the background


The Folk Park has over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. We did not get to visit all of them. Walking into these small homes was very interesting but unfortunately without the brochure that we got (it is still packed), I don't know which one is which, but they had some common elements. All of them had some kind of fireplace,
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Fire


a bed or beds
small bed by the fire

small bed by the fire

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Bed and trunk


and hutch or a similar piece of furniture to hold crockery and other such items.
Washstand

Washstand

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top of a hutch

100_0296.jpgMy grandson's photo of me - wheelchair behind me

My grandson's photo of me - wheelchair behind me


Among the buildings are the Shannon Farmhouse which was the first farmhouse to be reconstructed on the site. It was was removed from where it originally stood on the site of a runway at Shannon Airport. Other farmouses include the Loop Head Farmhouse of small fisher –farming folk, the Cashen Fisherman’s House with a floor of rammed clay
Fisherman's cottage

Fisherman's cottage


the Mountain Farmhouse with a loft for extra sleeping space, Bothan Scóir, a one roomed dwelling of a poor landless labourer. and the Byre Dwelling from County Mayo with a pigsty nearby.
100_0305.jpgPig Stye

Pig Stye

Pigs

Pigs

Byre

Byre

window with smoke from a peat fire

window with smoke from a peat fire

The village street is a recreation of what would have been seen in 19th century Ireland - you can visit the School, Doctor’s house, Pawnbrokers, Pub, Drapery, Printworks, Grocery, Hardware shop, Pottery and a Post Office. Fairs and markets at the Village gave the farmers and the rural craftsmen an opportunity of selling their products for cash, while shops provided for the rural dwellers needs. In the early 18th century the country people provided for most of their own needs in food, clothing and supplies and bought only luxuries such as sugar, salt, tea ….The village houses and shops have been chosen from many different areas, to form a collection of typical of 19th century urban Irish buildings.
Bridies - Handicraft shop

Bridies - Handicraft shop

Street - O'Briens and J.J. Curry

Street - O'Briens and J.J. Curry

Shop doorway

Shop doorway

Tuck Shop

Tuck Shop

P. Cahill - drinks, ice cream, sweets

P. Cahill - drinks, ice cream, sweets


Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit anything except the school.
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Schoolhouse


This school was originally built at Belvoir in East Clare in the early 19th Century.
Schoolroom

Schoolroom


It is typical of the type of school that would have been in existence around the year 1900.
Schoolmistress

Schoolmistress


The schoolmistress role played and smacked her pointer down on the desk for emphasis. She also fed the fire in the fireplace with peat
Peat for the fire

Peat for the fire


There was something written on the blackboard about hedgerow schools and a model of a hedgerow school .
Model of a hedgerow school

Model of a hedgerow school


I couldn't read all of it because part of it was erased. Apparently education (whether this was in religion or in Gaelic or was any kind of education at all) was illegal for Irish Catholic. The Hedgerow schools were out in the fields in lean-tos under the Hedgerows where they could hide from the English.
The path to Hazelbrook House

The path to Hazelbrook House


Hazelbrook House was originally built in 1898 and was the home of the Hughes Brothers who produced HB ice cream - a household name in Ireland. They started a dairy industry in the 1800’s.We ran out of time and only got to see this from the outside, but I understand that:
3537403-Hazelbrook_House_Bunratty.jpgHazelbrook House

Hazelbrook House


Hazelbrook House offers the visitor the unique opportunity to learn about the evolution of Ice cream making from the domestic dairy to the modern day production plant. The House features the history of the industrious Hughes Brothers family.
Electrical warning sign next to path

Electrical warning sign next to path


3537391-Ardcroney_Church_Bunratty.jpgArdcroney Church

Ardcroney Church


This little church is an original Church of Ireland building, which was moved stone by stone from where it had been originally built in 1824 in Ardcroney, Co. Tipperary, and rebuilt in the Folk Park. It was opened to the public in 1998. I sent my grandson in to take photos
3537393-Ardcroney_Church_Bunratty.jpgInside the church

Inside the church

Baptismal font

Baptismal font


Then we went to tour the castle - we accidentally came in the exit.
Entrance to the castle

Entrance to the castle

Cannons along by the entrance

Cannons along by the entrance


Winding stairs

Winding stairs

Stairs

Stairs

Stained glass

Stained glass

Fireplace

Fireplace

carved table

carved table

barrel

barrel

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Carved bed

Slit window

Slit window

Armor

Armor

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On the wall of the great hall

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Great Hall

Roasting area in Great Hall

Roasting area in Great Hall


The Castle, last of a series on the same site, was built around 1425. During the 16th and 17th centuries it was an important stronghold of the O’Briens - Kings and later Earls of Thomond (North Munster). The Castle was restored in the early 1960's and is considered the best example of its type.
Table in Great Hall

Table in Great Hall


When we got to the Great Hall, my feet were so swollen that I couldn't climb the steps to go up into the towers, so i sent my grandson up to take photos for me. He was using an old Canon film camera with a 100x300 zoom lens. He took lots of photos from there.

We didn't see the dungeons. I thought we would see them when we came back for the banquet but we went to Knappogue instead. There were tapestries and artifacts from various eras in the castle's history (none or few are belonging to the castle).
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Cows in a field from the castle

In the Shadow of the Castle

In the Shadow of the Castle


3536223-Owenagarney_river_Bunratty.jpgOwenagarney river

Owenagarney river


467372793537371-Grandsons_ph..s_Bunratty.jpgAcross the river

Across the river


3535703-From_the_castle_towers_Bunratty.jpgView from the top of the Castle

View from the top of the Castle


3537367-Boat_in_the_river_Bunratty.jpgTelephoto shot of a boat in the river

Telephoto shot of a boat in the river

Telephoto shot of the Creamery Bar

Telephoto shot of the Creamery Bar


One of the men on the tour whose goal was to drink in as many bars as possible had a drink here. History according to the website: In 1823 Charles Bianconi opened a coach service linking Limerick, Ennis & Bunratty. Evidence indicates that the building was used as a scheduled stop for the Bianconi coaches with the ground floor being used for the stabling of the horses. In 1927 the building became the local creamery, it was used as a creamery until the early nineties, and in 1999 it was converted to an authentic Irish pub & restaurant.The Creamery Bar [has].. the original steam generator and pipes ... bar stools are original milk churns.
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Towers on the top

Irish Flag

Irish Flag

I went down the entrance stairs and walked across to the hotel while he was up taking photos
Across the parking lot

Across the parking lot

From the traffic circle

From the traffic circle


I had a cane with a seat, and I sat down to rest at the end of the driveway. The cane slipped out from under me and dumped me on the ground. I took a photo from where I was sitting on the sidewalk before I got up.
Hotel from down in the driveway

Hotel from down in the driveway

The toilet in our room stopped up the afternoon of the first day, and they moved us next door. They were whisking us out so quickly that they took my shoes which I had taken off, so I walked to the new room in my bare feet (which were still swollen which was why I didn't have socks on). I also left my nightgown on the back of the bathroom door, but they recovered it for me. The rest of the tour group got in this afternoon. We are meeting for dinner which was billed as a medieval banquet.

Because Bunratty was booked (or maybe it was too expensive), the banquet was at Knappogue castle in Quinn (they took us by bus).
Duck hotel from the bus in the rain

Duck hotel from the bus in the rain


sign on the way to the castle

sign on the way to the castle


3536489-Near_Quinn_Quin.jpgLooking up at the castle wall

Looking up at the castle wall


We were only at Knappogue for the banquet, so we didn't get a chance to go through the castle itself, but apparently it is open in the same way that Bunratty is. In addition to the banquets and touring the castle itself, it is also possible to rent an apartment in the castle.The website says:The original tower house of Knappogue Castle was built by Sean Mac-Con MacNamara in 1467. During the 1641 rebellion the castle was occupied by Cromwellian forces. In the 18th and 19th centuries further additions were made to the original structure. The castle was abandoned in the 1920's and was restored by the Hon. Mark Edwin Andrews and his wife Lavonne in 1966
3536469-Gate_Quin.jpgCourtyard

Courtyard


Doorway

Doorway


3536710-Banner_in_the_main_hall_Quin.jpgBanner in the banquet hall

Banner in the banquet hall


Tapestry in the castle

Tapestry in the castle

Candle sconce

Candle sconce


3536711-Fireplace_with_flash_Quin.jpgFireplace with flash and without flash

Fireplace with flash and without flash


The specifics, copied from their website are spot-on as to what the banquet is like. If it had not been included in the tour, I would have had several thoughts about whether it was worth it, but, as I said, it was a lot of fun.

  • On arrival guests are welcomed at the Castle door by the ladies and the butler of the castle and the Banquet begins with a goblet or two of Mead in the Dalcassian Hall.

Serving wench

Serving wench

  • The Earl’s Butler relates the history of the Castle explaining the ‘Rules of Chivalry’ practiced at the Castle and the dire consequences of breaching them!!!!!!!

Host and hostess giving presentation

Host and hostess giving presentation

  • Guests enter the Banquet Hall. The evening is presided over by 4 “Kings of Ireland” who are chosen from the audience – the Kings of Munster, Leinster, Ulster and Connaught.

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Crowned for the night

  • The 5 course meal is a pleasant balance of Irish Fish and Meat dishes as served during the period and is accompanied with music and song.
  • Then follows a 35 minute entertainment programme in music, song and dance that takes you on a magical musical journey from the medieval times through to the 20th century. The entertainment was Irish dancing and playing of the violin and harp

Music at Knappogue

Music at Knappogue


group at the table

group at the table


table setting

table setting


3536715-Leftover_photos_of_the_banquet_Quin.jpg bread from the dinner

bread from the dinner


It was very interesting although not authentic - as my grandson pointed out they had tomatoes which would they would not have eaten in those days
Mead service

Mead service

  • Aperitif – Mead

Grandson pretending to drink mead

Grandson pretending to drink mead


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  • Smoked Irish Salmon, dill salad and TOMATO, Fork supplied

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  • Tomato & Basil Soup (another tomato use)

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  • Supreme of Chicken in a Verinque Sauce served with Fresh Seasonal Vegetables & Baby Roast Potatoes

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  • Rastin (Lemon Cheesecake)
  • Tea / Coffee

Adult: €52.00

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Heading for the Cliffs and Jaunting to Muckross House

Bus, Ferry and Cart

sunny
View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2007 The Sparkling Emerald Isle & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

June 3
I had a 6 am wakeup call because we had to have our bags out by 6:50.
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Had a nice breakfast (scrambled eggs - although my grandson wants catsup and they give him something that is more like steak sauce although it is red),
My grandson at breakfast

My grandson at breakfast


and got loaded into the bus. He is sitting with a little boy named Ryan who is 9. His sister Victoria is 10. It is unfortunate that there are no teenagers on this tour-that was the biggest flaw in this trip. The next oldest people are a tattooed couple that my grandson characterized as 'scary'

I did not rent a car in Ireland (or England) because I did not trust myself to drive on the wrong side of the street in a strange place with only my grandson to read the map and direct me. I wanted to take photos, and I would have had to find a place to stop to do that. Normally when I am with my husband, he drives and I take pictures. Stopping to take pictures adds quite a bit to the time of the journey.

Instead, I took a tour. We were in a bus, which gave us a view over the hedgerows and cars. The problems for us were that the scenery was going by so fast that it was sometimes blurred, and we had to deal with the reflections in the windows. Most of the time I sat in the back seat so I could take photos out the back window of some of the roads and the vehicles on them.

Our guide gave us some cock and bull story about droit de seignor and a rude local name for this monument that he wouldn't repeat because of the children.
Cornelius O'Brien of Birchfield Monument with a rude nickname

Cornelius O'Brien of Birchfield Monument with a rude nickname


But I find on looking it up that the stories are not true, as so much that guides tell you is fact mixed with fiction. Cornelius O'Brien (1782–1857) was an Irish politician, Member of Parliament and landowner in County Clare.The O'Brien Monument, a Doric column topped by an urn, was built during his lifetime, paid for by compulsory subscriptions of his tenants

He built a tower, now referred to as O'Brien's Tower on the Cliffs of Moher in 1835 as an observation tower for the hundreds of tourists.. O'Brien also built St. Brigid's National School (1846) and a wall of Moher flagstones along the Cliffs. It is said in the locality that he "built everything around here except the Cliffs". He died in 1857
Photo of Cliffs of Moher Hotel from the bus

Photo of Cliffs of Moher Hotel from the bus


Anyway, we went first to see the Cliffs of Moher, which are among the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. The visitor's center had a projection on the floor of the entrance which looked like waves coming in to the shore. I tried to take a picture of it.
919883653540639-Surf_project..unty_Clare.jpgSurf projected on the walkway

Surf projected on the walkway


The new visitor's center (The Atlantic Edge Center) which cost €22 million to build is nestled into the hillside (mostly underground) and has a restaurant, exhibits in four areas OCEAN, ROCK, NATURE and MAN.
photo of a ring fort-MAN

photo of a ring fort-MAN


and a movie about the area.
Wide photo of the cliffs

Wide photo of the cliffs


It was officially opened in Feb 2007 by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. In 1993 Reddy O'Riordan Staehli Architects won an international architectural design competition to replace the existing visitor and interpretative centre at the Cliffs of Moher...
Part of the exhibits

Part of the exhibits


Looking up through the roof

Looking up through the roof


To minimise the visual impact.., the design strategy proposed an underground building on the site of the existing facility. .. the original, much smaller, centre .. was demolished..
Tide information

Tide information


579796053540664-Signboard_on..unty_Clare.jpgRestaurant Signboard outside visitor's center

Restaurant Signboard outside visitor's center


(I didn't get a chance to buy any snacks here because I was too busy taking pictures.),
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We were here on a nice clear day in early June and were able to observe both the cliffs, which are some 400-700 feet above the Atlantic, but also the Aran Islands and Galway Bay.
Aran Islands and Galway Bay

Aran Islands and Galway Bay


Lighthouses are one of my favorite things, and I was able to photograph one when I was at the Cliffs of Moher. I believe that this one was
Inisheer lighthouse

Inisheer lighthouse


which is actually one of the Aran Islands Lighthouses. The Aran Islands, located in the mouth of Galway Bay. This lighthouse was built originally in 1857 and is active. A red light is shown over rocks to the east. It consists of a 112 ft round white masonry tower with lantern and gallery, with a single broad horizontal black band. There are two keeper's houses enclosed by a stone wall. Inisheer is accessible by passenger ferry from Doolin, and the lighthouse is accessible by hiking trail. Located on the southeastern point of the island. We also saw some towers along the edges of the cliffs.
3540949-Cliffs_to_the_north_County_Clare.jpgSentinel Tower on a cliff

Sentinel Tower on a cliff

3540906-Cliff_Walking_Liscannor.jpgConstruction cones at the base of the tower

Construction cones at the base of the tower


After we visited Visitor's Center, my grandson went up towards O'Brien's Tower (which I don't think was open),
viewing area up at the tower

viewing area up at the tower

Tower on the top of one of the cliffs

Tower on the top of one of the cliffs

Coastline along the cliffs south to Hags Head

Coastline along the cliffs south to Hags Head


Picture from my side to the side my grandson went

Picture from my side to the side my grandson went


but I asked one of the rangers where I could best see the Atlantic Puffins and he indicated that I should walk the other direction so that was what I did.
3540876-more_Cliffs_of_Moher_Doolin.jpgCliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher


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Cliff Walking

Cliff Walking


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Surf at the foot of the cliffs

Surf at the foot of the cliffs


The puffins live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island. Also present are hawks, gulls, guillemots, shags, ravens and choughs. If you look at the cliffs and see white edges, that's probably the bird guano and if you use your binoculars there, you will see the birds nesting there.
Birds nesting

Birds nesting


Birds nesting on the cliffs

Birds nesting on the cliffs


There was a talking telescope where I was attempting to take photos of the puffins.
Talking telescope

Talking telescope


Some people came by and put money in (I didn't have any coins with me) and let me look through it at the puffins. I found that my photographs were about the same magnification as the telescope.
Puffins nesting

Puffins nesting

Puffins nesting on Goat Island

Puffins nesting on Goat Island


You would think that these nesting sites would be safe from anything except another bird, but apparently people climb down the cliffs to collect eggs as there are warning signs that prohibit that.
No egg collection sign

No egg collection sign


There is a sign in Gaelic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish which says:
"The Cliffs of Moher are a protected and fragile habitat and the cliff edges are constantly eroding.
For your own safety and for the sake of the environment DO NOT climb over the walls onto the cliff edge."

Warning sign in seven languages

Warning sign in seven languages

Slabs of stone with fossils used for walls

Slabs of stone with fossils used for walls

The week before the new visitor's center opened in February 2007 two deaths highlighted how dangerous the Cliffs of Moher are. Though the fatalities apparently were not due to an accident but are treated by Gardai as a murder-suicide.
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Photo of a nearby town


Birds flying over the ocean

Birds flying over the ocean

Boat below

Boat below


285789943540801-Private_Prop..unty_Clare.jpgPrivate Property along path up to cliff top

Private Property along path up to cliff top


I was worried about whether my grandson would get so caught up in photography that he would forget to get back to the bus,
407657473540800-Signs_saying..unty_Clare.jpgGrandson coming back down the path

Grandson coming back down the path


but he did come back in time. We got back on the bus
Our bus waiting for us

Our bus waiting for us


My grandson thinks the buses look like big caterpillars with the antenna on the front.
The bus antennas

The bus antennas


We drove from the Cliffs past some modern windmills
Windmills

Windmills


through the town of Kilrush,
Listed Heritage Town

Listed Heritage Town


which has a popular eighteen hole golf course, a marina with access to the Shannon Estuary and the Atlantic Ocean,
Boatyard

Boatyard


plus an impressive walled garden on the grounds of the old Vandeleur estate (landlords of Kilrush up to the end of the 19th century). Kilrush also hosts a traditional Irish music festival in August of each year - Eigse Mrs. Crotty festival, so named after a famed concertina player from the town.
Manchester Martyrs

Manchester Martyrs


There is also a statue in the center of the square to the 'Manchester Martyrs', also known as 'The Three Fenians', who were Irish nationalists who were executed for the murder of a policeman during a prison break. William O'Mara Allen, Michael Larkin, and William Goold (aka O'Brien) were hanged in Manchester, England on November 23, 1867. These men were caught and convicted for their rescue of Colonel Thomas J. Kelly and Captain Timothy Deasy. The rescue took place on the borders of West Gorton and Ardwick, to the immediate south east of Manchester City Centre. (Apparently these guys who attacked a van that was transporting some Irish nationalists from one prison to another had to bad luck to kill a policeman when they fired at the lock on the van at the exact moment that the policeman was looking out the keyhole to see what was going on).
Manchester Martyrs

Manchester Martyrs


At Killimer, we took the ferry across the Shannon River.
3542414-Shannon_River_Ferry_Town_Killimer.jpgThe Shannon River near Killimer

The Shannon River near Killimer

Ferry approaching

Ferry approaching


We were able to get out of the bus on the ferry. I think the lighthouse in the picture that we could see looking up the river may be Scattery Island Light which was built in 1872.
Looking up the river

Looking up the river


It is a 41 ft round stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. There is a 1-story keeper's house nearby appears abandoned. The Fresnel lens, removed when the lighthouse was converted to solar power in 2002, is on display at the Scattery Island Centre in Kilrush. Scattery Island, site of a sixth century monastery, is now a nature reserve; tours of the island are available from Kilrush. The lighthouse is located on the south side of the island in the Shannon estuary about 5 miles southwest of Kilrush. We were able to get out of the bus on the ferry and I got some good lighthouse pictures.
My grandson on the other side of the ferry

My grandson on the other side of the ferry


First view from the other shore

First view from the other shore

Ferry approaches Tarbert

Ferry approaches Tarbert


We saw Tarbert lighthouse from many angles when we took the ferry across the Shannon Estuary. It is on the south (County Kerry) side of the estuary just north of Tarbert. This is the Tarbert Light (built in 1834) which is a harbour light to guide vessels passing up or down the Shannon estuary, it helps to clear the Bowline Rock and also guides vessels into the Tarbert Roads anchorage.We saw this lighthouse from many angles when we took the ferry across the Shannon Estuary. It is on the south (County Kerry) side of the estuary just north of Tarbert. Built in 1834, the Tarbert Light is an active lighthouse.
The Light at the Ferry

The Light at the Ferry


There is a cast iron bridge, built about 1840, connects the tower to shore, which we saw when we passed it. The lighthouse is a round limestone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white, with a white light. A red light shows to the west over Bowline Rock. The keepers house has apparently been demolished. It was formally transferred to the Limerick Harbour Commissioners in 1981, but CIL has a buoy depot nearby so it is convenient for the same attendant to manage both facilities The lighthouse is built on a tidal rock off the north side of Tarbert Island.
3543928-Approaching_Tarbert.jpgApproaching Tarbert Light

Approaching Tarbert Light


It is a 74 ft round limestone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white. A spidery cast iron bridge, built about 1840, connects the tower to shore. Keeper's house has apparently been demolished. The lighthouse is now dwarfed by the huge smokestacks of an electric power generating plant built immediately behind it. There are good views from the ferry.
Lighthouse

Lighthouse

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Ferry control room

Lighthouse close-up from the ferry

Lighthouse close-up from the ferry

Streets in town

Streets in town

Grandson taking a photo of the town square

Grandson taking a photo of the town square

3545276-across_the_street_Tarbert.jpgOur bus out front of the hotel

Our bus out front of the hotel


The bus drove off the ferry dock which was around back of the Tarbert Power Station. We went to the Kirby's Lanterns Hotel for lunch.

Of significant interest to naval people is the story of this area: (from the website of the hotel)
Lobby

Lobby


John Paul Jones was an American naval hero who preyed on British shipping during the Revolutionary War, he had a reputation as a resourceful and successful raider. So notorious did he become that he was known to the British as "The Yankee Pirate". In 1776, after sinking a ship in Carlingford Lough he was pursued by two British gun boats. Weather conditions were very bad and he was forced to take shelter in the Shannon Estuary - in Tarbert Bay. The gunboats anchored outside the bay and kept watch through the night. They intended to capture John Paul Jones at dawn. The ever resourceful John Paul Jones sent his men ashore with instructions to hang the ships lanterns high in nearby woods. The marines assumed that the lighted lanterns were those of the anchored "Providence".

The daring colourful hero, John Paul Jones sailed out of Tarbert Bay under cover of darkness past the waiting gunboats. It was not until dawn that the marines realised that once again they had been out-maneuvered by John Paul Jones. Kirby's Lanterns Hotel overlooks the very bay that Jones escaped from.
3545275-Named_for_JP_Jones_Lantern_Tarbert.jpgNamed for JP Jones' Lantern

Named for JP Jones' Lantern


We ate in the John Paul Jones bar which had seating in excess of one hundred people. Which was good because I think there were two coach-loads there. Like many of the lunch stops, it was set up like a cafeteria,
Menu

Menu


but in this case, you ordered and paid and then went and sat down, and they brought you your food. The servers were a bit cranky with the children and my grandson, even though he was perfectly polite to them.
Counter

Counter


Children's chicken nuggets and "chips" £4.50

Children's chicken nuggets and "chips" £4.50


Seafood chowder (or cream soup of the day)

Seafood chowder (or cream soup of the day)


Dessert selection from £3.95

Dessert selection from £3.95


Afterwards we went out to the bus to continue our journey.
Across from the restaurant in Tarbert

Across from the restaurant in Tarbert

Statue in the garden across from the hotel

Statue in the garden across from the hotel


I took some pictures while I waited.
Crossing a river

Crossing a river


We passed churches and graveyards,
Graveyard with Celtic crosses

Graveyard with Celtic crosses


which had a large number of Celtic crosses in them. I guess I should not have been surprised by that.
Police Station

Police Station


We passed the police station, which was painted blue, and we went through several little towns. And
Roundabout

Roundabout


around the roundabouts on our way to our hotel in Killarney where we had a ride in a jaunting car to Muckross House.
Horse and cart waiting in the shade

Horse and cart waiting in the shade

Cart in Killarney waiting for a customer

Cart in Killarney waiting for a customer


Everyone calls them jaunting carTs, but apparently the traditional name is CAR without the T and the original cars only had two wheels. The ones we went on were four wheeled, which I suspect is so that they can take more than two passengers. We had 8 people in ours.
Assigning people to carts

Assigning people to carts


And also it is much less 'tilty' So maybe these vehicles are carts and not cars.

They took pictures of us first, and I took a photo of the photographer at the same time.
Photographer

Photographer


So our picture shows me taking a picture of the guy taking the picture.
Photo of the photo the photographer took

Photo of the photo the photographer took

The drivers are known as Jarveys. First we went through town on the regular streets,
3549852-Horse_and_Cart_following_us_Killarney.jpgHorse and Cart following us on the street

Horse and Cart following us on the street

3550298-Building_from_jaunting_cart_Killarney.jpgKillarney from a Horse Drawn Cart

Killarney from a Horse Drawn Cart

Methodist church

Methodist church

Kids in the front of the cart

Kids in the front of the cart

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and then we were on a narrow road (paved)
Jaunting cart that was behind us

Jaunting cart that was behind us


which went through an area of Killarney National Park
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including by some
Lakes

Lakes


to Muckross House.
Muckross house from the back of a jaunting cart

Muckross house from the back of a jaunting cart


Horse

Horse

Muckross house Cart Depot

Muckross house Cart Depot


My grandson had me take a picture of him with Muckross House apparently on the palm of his hand.
My grandson 'holding' Muckross House

My grandson 'holding' Muckross House


He was impressed with it, and I think he expected Buckingham Palace to be similar.
Back of the house

Back of the house

Rock Garden

Rock Garden

Plants growing on a wall at Muckross House

Plants growing on a wall at Muckross House

Side view

Side view


I decided not to go because they don't allow photos to be taken inside and while the house is furnished "in period style" that usually means that the furnishings are not original to the house. Also I do not do well where I have to stand and listen to a guide talk. They assured us that there would be places to sit, but others who took the tour (which would take about 45 minutes) said that the only place to sit was right at the beginning. My grandson said that they talked about when the Queen (Victoria I think) came to stay here for a couple of days.We didn't pay for our admission - Matt our guide got the tickets for us. We probably got a group rate.

I decided to walk around to the gift shop
3568324-Muckross_House_Killarney.jpgLooking down into the shop

Looking down into the shop


which also included the Garden Restaurant.
The Conservatory Area

The Conservatory Area

The Garden restaurant

The Garden restaurant


Adjoining the main shop were Craft Workshops, where customers can see Mucros Pottery, Mucros Weaving and Mucros Bookbindery products being made. My grandson was tempted by some of the woven materials, but they are - of course - somewhat expensive for a young teen. As well as these products, the shop stocks an extensive collection of outdoor clothing and accessories. Contemporary and traditional knitwear by Carrig Donn, Clare Kennedy and Fisherman out of Ireland is also available, as is a selection of children's clothing. I bought some post cards (For instance, I bought a post card of a puffin, which we saw nesting at the Cliffs of Moher.), and then went back to the bus and sat on my cane to wait.

Front of the hotel

Front of the hotel


We stayed at the Great Southern Hotel which has changed its name to the Marlton Hotel. We stayed here for two nights. This is a very large hotel. They had an extensive business/convention center area.

There was good and bad.
The good - they had a nice pool (although they made people wear bathing caps, and there were unpublished restricted hours for children). It was the only hotel that we stayed in on the tour with a pool. My grandson used the pool.
Grandson in the pool

Grandson in the pool


The bad - Their internet service is crap. It is only in the lobby, and you have to pay for it. Not only do you have to pay for it, but you pay for each time regardless of whether you use your minutes up. Also it is extremely slow. It was the worst internet of anyplace that we stayed
Lobby floor

Lobby floor


Hotel chandelier

Hotel chandelier


Back at the hotel - my feet have gotten so that I can use shoes.
View from the window

View from the window


Bathroom

Bathroom


My grandson says he is eating healthier than he ever has before.

I took 272 photos today and my grandson took 90 with his digital camera.

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