Saturday, May 31, 2014

Daniel O'Connell

O'Connell is known in Ireland as "The Liberator" or "The Great Emancipator" for his success in achieving Catholic Emancipation.  I'm afraid I don't remember all our guide told us about O'Connell.  He is an important statesman in Catholic Ireland.

Celtic crosses in Ireland

A few of the many crosses in Ireland. Some were taken from the bus, so there's a blare on them.

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burin region in County Clare, Ireland. They rise 390 ft above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 702 feet.  The tower is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs built in 1835 by Sir Cornelius O'Brien. From the cliffs and from atop the tower, you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the Maumturks and Twelve Pins mountain ranges to the north in County Galway, and Loop Head to the south. Wikipedia.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A visit Waterford Crystal

I'm not a crystal kind of person, but a visit to Waterford was breathtaking.  Of course I gad to take a photo of the crystal football.

More Ireland photos

Dunluce Castle is not far from the Giant's Causeway.  You can see gorse in the one photo.  
The castle was built on a high cliff, most likely for defense purposes. I cannot remember the significance of the landmass in the other photo. I'm sure it must have been important, or I wouldn't have taken it!  LOL.  you see lots of cemeteries and churches together in Ireland.

Thatched roofs and Guinness are two important attractions in Ireland.  I must admit, I experienced a few Guinesses.i will post more on Guinness later. 

More Belfast

Titanic museum.  The building is supposed to depict the hulls of four ships. A large oil rig being repaired. Two very large cranes.  Replica of one of the lifeboats on the Titanic and artistic display of some of the chains on the ship. The Titanic was built in Belfast.

Friday, May 23, 2014

More Ireland photos

Lunch in Belfast.  I had the ham and cabbage. This was the first of several ham and cabbages.  I found I really liked it.  Each plate I had was a little different.  The commonality was the ham and potatoes.  My sister had a sandwich.  I think it was a club.  We drove past the beautiful Queen's Universty.  I liked the sculpture that was on the campus.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Exchange from Julianne and a couple of Ireland photos

I received this beauty while on my trip to Ireland. It is from Julianne as part of our private Spring exchange.  It is a Prairie Schooler design.  She and her daughter Julie worked together to get it finished.  I love chicks and roosters as subjects, so she did great as usual.  Thanks, J., I really love it.  
Here' two of my favorite sights from my trip to Ireland.
This is a weed, more or less.  It's called gorse or scotch broom.  The roadsides and fields are covered in it. The farmers even use it as fences for their fields.  It is everywhere.  
This photo doesn't do the colors justice, they are really much more vivid.  It is a field of canola.  The bright yellow against the bright green fields is just magnificent.  I tried many times to get a photo of the canola.  This is the only one that is half way good. 
It has taken me over a week to recoup from the trip.  I had major jet lag on top of a sore throat and hacking cough.  I'd go again though!  LOL.  Enjoy your Thursday!

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