SOUTH WEST IRELAND - 2007
If there was an area of the British Isles that I would be happy to move to it would be the West of Eire. I have been visiting the southern part of the west coast for about 30 years. There have been massive changes to the housing and so there should be. Modern properties are to be seen everywhere when before it was bothies, no bathrooms, outside loo's etc. he place has changed but the people are as friendly as ever.
We sailed from Holyhead to Dublin on the Ulysses ferry, the largest of the Irish ferries.
We stayed two nights just outside Dublin so that we could
spend a day in the city which we reached by train.
HOL - 2007
In the shopping centre was a huge clock and rocking horse.
Brilliant colours at the flower market displays. A street actor fascinates two young admirers and there was a beautiful globe artwork outside one of the buildings.
Leaving the east side we travelled across country and down to Killarney and our campsite on the northern side. From here we were handy for the Dingle peninsular, Killarney itself and the Ring of Kerry. On their day, all beautiful spectacular scenic places. Unfortunately our day planned for the Ring of Kerry was drizzly and overcast. First though we went to the south side of Dingle Bay. Stuart and Joan had rented a cottage there on a previous trip and we went for a look as they had been delighted with it. The Bay and beach was lovely and the view to The Dingle peninsular equally so. The 'girls' had to test the water for paddling.
Our next trip out was to Dingle and along the way we spotted some Little Egret's roosting a field back from the road. We hadn't had any reports of these birds in Ireland but we saw a good number all round the West corner.
My pictures are in www.peterbagnall-wildlife images.co.uk
Some Dingle buildings and shops.
Dingle Harbour. A fishing community harbour now with a marina.
Plaque in memory of Charles J Haughey.
In memory of an old friend.
Dingle Coastline, my type of scenery.
These are the beehive houses that families lived in. The diameter is about 10 feet.
This cafe is a converted barn with a STONE roof. I have never seen or heard of one before.
Other pictures from Dingle and and Inch strand where it joins the mainland.
Learning to surfboard, Rider and dog and small fields.
Dingle peninsular from Inch strand.
Killarney next and some pictures of buildings etc.
Views inside. While we were there we noticed the sun was shining through a high window and directly lighting up a cross. The effect was over in a couple of minutes so we were lucky to be there at the right time.
acroos from the park where this fairground was in full swing was a Friary.
Lakes of Killarney and poor weather for a change.
Our own Leprechaun waiting to cross and a tree fighting to survive and a ruined castle.
Another trip was to Valencia Island where the first Atlantic telegraphic cable came ashore.
The details are on the photograph.
The Skellig islands from Valencia island and a coastline view.
Looking back to the mainland.
Leaving the campsite we moved down to the south coast west of Kinsale to a campsite near Ballyspittal.
From there we made trips to Cork and various parts of the coast such as Ross Carberry and Baltimore Harbour mainly used by pleasure craft.
Causeway down to the harbour jetty. Views across the harbour to Warren strand Friends and I spent many days in the past fishing for Bass from Ross Carberry harbour and the strand. Digging for Lugworms and Sandeels in the sands and stream side. Of course there were no sea defence rock croys in those days. They tend to spoil the beach but maybe they are necessary if the tides are rising as predicted.
Views from the harbour wall looking seawards.
Galley Head lighthouse, on a headland east of Ross Carberry.
We drove to various places in the area and I took a few pictures but they were mainly wildlife. They are on another website. See link above.
Estuary near Skibbereen. Village across the estuary. Kinsale boats.
Surf at Ballinspittle. Ruined Priory. Old Head of Kinsale.
A gift from the Irish President.
Steve (crusher) Casey.
A former World champion wrestler.
It all ends sometime and we had to leave for home at the end of a super holiday.