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POST 13:  Over the years of visiting Ireland I’ve heard of Turk Head, but I don’t believe I’ve been there. In my search to find Whitehall Castle, I saw signs pointing to Turk Head. With my newfound determination to push my well-made plans to the side, I decided to follow the signs and see where I ended up.  To continue reading, please click on the link below.  http://www.ireland-travels.com/all-the-roads-led-here-nine-days-post-13/  PHOTO: Turk Head, Roaringwater Bay, West Cork, Ireland…

POST 13: Over the years of visiting Ireland I’ve heard of Turk Head, but I don’t believe I’ve been there. In my search to find Whitehall Castle, I saw signs pointing to Turk Head. With my newfound determination to push my well-made plans to the side, I decided to follow the signs and see where I ended up. To continue reading, please click on the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/all-the-roads-led-here-nine-days-post-13/ PHOTO: Turk Head, Roaringwater Bay, West Cork, Ireland…

Three Castle Head, Dunlough Castle, West Cork, Ireland - A quick video tour of Three Castle Head and Dunlough Pier in West Cork, Ireland. Three Castle Head is home to Dinlough Castle which was built in 1208 by the O'Mahoney Clan. http://www.ireland-travels.com http://www.facebook.com/IrelandTravels http://www.youtube.com/user/TravelToIreland

Three Castle Head, Dunlough Castle, West Cork, Ireland - A quick video tour of Three Castle Head and Dunlough Pier in West Cork, Ireland. Three Castle Head is home to Dinlough Castle which was built in 1208 by the O'Mahoney Clan. http://www.ireland-travels.com http://www.facebook.com/IrelandTravels http://www.youtube.com/user/TravelToIreland

POST 2:    The flight from Chicago to Dublin was no bother. With the help of a strong tailwind, we landed in Dublin nearly one-hour ahead of our scheduled time. Score one for the little guy. Passport control? Easy. Baggage claim? The suitcase was right there. Line at the car hire desk? None.  To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/are-you-kidding-me-nine-days-post-2/    PHOTO: Toormore, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 2: The flight from Chicago to Dublin was no bother. With the help of a strong tailwind, we landed in Dublin nearly one-hour ahead of our scheduled time. Score one for the little guy. Passport control? Easy. Baggage claim? The suitcase was right there. Line at the car hire desk? None. To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/are-you-kidding-me-nine-days-post-2/ PHOTO: Toormore, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 3:  Just outside of Drimoleague, West Cork is a magnificent place named Castledonovan. When I looked through my books before the trip, this became a “must see.” Because of its location, it was a perfect stop on my way from Dublin to Goleen. Adding to the excitement of visiting the site was the possible...   To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/later-that-day-nine-days-post-3/    PHOTO: Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 3: Just outside of Drimoleague, West Cork is a magnificent place named Castledonovan. When I looked through my books before the trip, this became a “must see.” Because of its location, it was a perfect stop on my way from Dublin to Goleen. Adding to the excitement of visiting the site was the possible... To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/later-that-day-nine-days-post-3/ PHOTO: Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 15: If you’ve been reading from the beginning of the series, I’d like to thank you. You also know that my attempts to enter an ancient castle on this trip have been thwarted by scaffolding, an English actor and some people with a picnic table. I’m feeling like I need to go to Disney World to finally get near a castle.    To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/e800000-short-nine-days-post-15/  PHOTO: Rossbrin Cove, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 15: If you’ve been reading from the beginning of the series, I’d like to thank you. You also know that my attempts to enter an ancient castle on this trip have been thwarted by scaffolding, an English actor and some people with a picnic table. I’m feeling like I need to go to Disney World to finally get near a castle. To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/e800000-short-nine-days-post-15/ PHOTO: Rossbrin Cove, West Cork, Ireland Travel

Ardnakinna Lighthouse, Bere Island, Castletownbere, West Cork, Ireland    The light at the west end of Bere Island was originally put into service in 1850 but was closed thirteen years later.    It wasn't until November 23, 1965 that was light was reestablished in the form it is in today. Over that hundred year period, many attempts were made to restore the light.    http://www.youtube.com/user/TravelToIreland    http://www.ireland-travels.com/

Ardnakinna Lighthouse, Bere Island, Castletownbere, West Cork, Ireland The light at the west end of Bere Island was originally put into service in 1850 but was closed thirteen years later. It wasn't until November 23, 1965 that was light was reestablished in the form it is in today. Over that hundred year period, many attempts were made to restore the light. http://www.youtube.com/user/TravelToIreland http://www.ireland-travels.com/

POST 26: If you’ve been reading the posts, you know my morning trip to Dingle has involved three different stops for coffee. It’s now nearing 11a, and I’ve eaten nothing to tempter the fury of the caffeine. I stopped in a local shop in Dingle and grabbed a banana, a fruit-filled pastry and some water. I only needed a place... To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/breakfast-nine-days-post-26/ PHOTO: Ventry Harbour and Beach, County Kerry, Ireland…

POST 26: If you’ve been reading the posts, you know my morning trip to Dingle has involved three different stops for coffee. It’s now nearing 11a, and I’ve eaten nothing to tempter the fury of the caffeine. I stopped in a local shop in Dingle and grabbed a banana, a fruit-filled pastry and some water. I only needed a place... To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/breakfast-nine-days-post-26/ PHOTO: Ventry Harbour and Beach, County Kerry, Ireland…

POST 32: By this time I’ve rounded the Dingle Peninsula and am headed inland. I’ve stopped at a few places to take pictures of the sea and the Blaskets. Time of day is now starting to work against me. It’s after three in the afternoon, and I only have a couple of hours of daylight left. It also dawns on me that I haven’t eaten...  To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/i-learn-latin-nine-days-post-32/ PHOTO: Reask Monastic Site, Dingle, County Kerry

POST 32: By this time I’ve rounded the Dingle Peninsula and am headed inland. I’ve stopped at a few places to take pictures of the sea and the Blaskets. Time of day is now starting to work against me. It’s after three in the afternoon, and I only have a couple of hours of daylight left. It also dawns on me that I haven’t eaten... To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/i-learn-latin-nine-days-post-32/ PHOTO: Reask Monastic Site, Dingle, County Kerry

POST 5:  After leaving Castledonovan, the clouds moved to the east and the sun brought the countryside alive. The beautiful scenery almost made the drive worth it. However, it’s been nearly eighteen hours since I walked out of my house in Indiana. This traveling thing is starting to get old, and...   To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/one-more-stop-nine-days-post-5/    PHOTO: Altar Wedge Stone, Toormore, Goleen, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 5: After leaving Castledonovan, the clouds moved to the east and the sun brought the countryside alive. The beautiful scenery almost made the drive worth it. However, it’s been nearly eighteen hours since I walked out of my house in Indiana. This traveling thing is starting to get old, and... To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/one-more-stop-nine-days-post-5/ PHOTO: Altar Wedge Stone, Toormore, Goleen, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 4:  Since I have never spent a day of a my life as a historian, I’m making an executive decision. For the “integrity” of this series (I think I lost that with “my nappy needs attention” comment a few days ago), I‘m going to use the “official” story for some of my historical posts.    To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/an-now-for-some-mostly-useful-information-nine-days-post-4/    PHOTO: Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork, Ireland…

POST 4: Since I have never spent a day of a my life as a historian, I’m making an executive decision. For the “integrity” of this series (I think I lost that with “my nappy needs attention” comment a few days ago), I‘m going to use the “official” story for some of my historical posts. To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/an-now-for-some-mostly-useful-information-nine-days-post-4/ PHOTO: Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork, Ireland…

Photographic highlights from "NIne Days in the Mud." All of the stories and photography can be seen at this link: http://www.ireland-travels.com/nine-days-in-the-mud/

Photographic highlights from "NIne Days in the Mud." All of the stories and photography can be seen at this link: http://www.ireland-travels.com/nine-days-in-the-mud/

POST 67: I began the “Nine Days in the Mud” series with a quote from Robert Frost. I end with a quote from Porky Pig. “Tha, tha, tha, that’s all folks!” I’m trying to figure out if it is a true metaphor for my current state of mind. When I decided to move forward with this, I spent a day or two creating an outline, which was finished before Christmas. To continue reading, please click this link. http://www.ireland-travels.com/?p=1146 PHOTO: What We Hope to do a Lot of – Toormore, West Cork

POST 67: I began the “Nine Days in the Mud” series with a quote from Robert Frost. I end with a quote from Porky Pig. “Tha, tha, tha, that’s all folks!” I’m trying to figure out if it is a true metaphor for my current state of mind. When I decided to move forward with this, I spent a day or two creating an outline, which was finished before Christmas. To continue reading, please click this link. http://www.ireland-travels.com/?p=1146 PHOTO: What We Hope to do a Lot of – Toormore, West Cork

POST 15: If you’ve been reading from the beginning of the series, I’d like to thank you. You also know that my attempts to enter an ancient castle on this trip have been thwarted by scaffolding, an English actor and some people with a picnic table. I’m feeling like I need to go to Disney World to finally get near a castle.    To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/e800000-short-nine-days-post-15/  PHOTO: Rossbrin Cove, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 15: If you’ve been reading from the beginning of the series, I’d like to thank you. You also know that my attempts to enter an ancient castle on this trip have been thwarted by scaffolding, an English actor and some people with a picnic table. I’m feeling like I need to go to Disney World to finally get near a castle. To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/e800000-short-nine-days-post-15/ PHOTO: Rossbrin Cove, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 3:  Just outside of Drimoleague, West Cork is a magnificent place named Castledonovan. When I looked through my books before the trip, this became a “must see.” Because of its location, it was a perfect stop on my way from Dublin to Goleen. Adding to the excitement of visiting the site was the possible...   To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/later-that-day-nine-days-post-3/    PHOTO: Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 3: Just outside of Drimoleague, West Cork is a magnificent place named Castledonovan. When I looked through my books before the trip, this became a “must see.” Because of its location, it was a perfect stop on my way from Dublin to Goleen. Adding to the excitement of visiting the site was the possible... To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/later-that-day-nine-days-post-3/ PHOTO: Castledonovan, Drimoleague, West Cork, Ireland Travel

POST 9: My real destination for the day was not the church at Kilcoe. Up the lane and down another is the large castle you see in the distance in the photograph above. It is called Kilcoe Castle and was built in the middle of the 15th century. I’ll share some history of the place in my next post.   To continue reading, please click the link below.    http://www.ireland-travels.com/hangin-with-jeremy-nine-days-post-9/  PHOTO: Kilcoe Church, Overlooking Roaringwater Bay, West Cork, Ireland…

POST 9: My real destination for the day was not the church at Kilcoe. Up the lane and down another is the large castle you see in the distance in the photograph above. It is called Kilcoe Castle and was built in the middle of the 15th century. I’ll share some history of the place in my next post. To continue reading, please click the link below. http://www.ireland-travels.com/hangin-with-jeremy-nine-days-post-9/ PHOTO: Kilcoe Church, Overlooking Roaringwater Bay, West Cork, Ireland…

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