Ireland trip report, things to do and see in Ireland

 

Ireland



Ireland is an island country that is supposedly full of leprechauns and hidden pots of gold on rainbows.

 

Cork

Cork, pronounced Cahhhhrkkhkhkh, is Ireland's 2nd largest city. It's very pretty and the city centre is actually built on an island which is in the middle of the river. There are many bridges in Cork because of this. For a quirky attraction, have a look at the Butter Museum.
What really makes Cork though are the people. Irish people are great, they love their "Irish coffee" ie Guinness , they will ensure you're having the craic. It's nothing to do with the white powder, it just means having a good time. The Irish accent is not too coarse and apparently all the swear words come from the English, because the Irish are too polite for that.


 

Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is part of a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland with spectacular beauty. It's also Ireland most famous coastal drive. The main roads are one lane wide with bog on either side and sheep or goats wandering across what is meant to be a national route. The main pitstops were:
Killarney : picturesque town.
Killorglin : Village famous for the Puck Fair festival, where they make a goat king for 3 days in August.
Dingle Bay : Wild atlantic hugging the celtic shores.
Cahersiveen : Birthplace of Daniel O'Connell, one of the greatest Irish heroes.
Waterville : Picturesque little village overlooking a bay, loved by Charlie Chaplin.
Killarney NP : National park with great views of lakes and valleys.
Torc waterfall : a sparkling 18m high waterfall with cascades through the woods.


 

Cobh

Cobh is a beautiful waterside town, with brightly coloured houses where its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the imposing St Coleman Cathedral. It's also a town riddled with sadness. It was the last port of call of the ill fated Titanic before setting sail for America. Also from Cobh, hundreds of thousands of mostly hungry and penniless Irish men and women left Ireland, especially in the Famine years of 1844-48. Many died on the journey in the terrible travelling conditions. The great famine happened when the potato crops failed at the time which was the main staple. The famine could have actually been prevented, but the then occupying British thought that giving food away to peasants would make them lazy and expecting handouts in the future, so they just let them starve to death.


 

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