Dundrum: My Last Three Days in Ireland

On Sunday morning I woke at my AirBnB accommodation in Dundrum, a suburban area seven kilometers outside of Dublin city. I was relieved when the hot water system worked, and revelled in the cleansing sensation. I didn't have much planned for my three-day stay in Dundrum but to relax prior to the journey home, but... Continue Reading →

Inisheer to Dublin: The Journey Home Begins

Wheeling my large yellow suitcase along the rough tarmac road alongside the water's edge, the bad feeling began to fester when there was no-one else waiting at the pier. Once I stopped and took out my ticket, my stomach sank when I read '8.00', not '8.30', on my return ticket. Everything had been going well... Continue Reading →

Three Days on Inisheer

Day One It was an early start on Wednesday morning to catch the bus back into the Galway. Once in Galway, I caught a coach out to Rossaveal, in the Connemara area of County Galway, and then a ferry across to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands. I arrived at around 11.30am and began... Continue Reading →

Day Three in Kinvara: Dunguaire Castle

My third day in Kinvara I actually followed the right road out of town. On the way I stopped by the local Garda station, on a quiet street alongside the Merriman Hotel. Continuing on my way, I turned down a narrow laneway beside St Joseph's National School, which led me on a lovely little wander... Continue Reading →

Day One In Kinvara: St. Patrick’s Day!

My first day in Kinvara was St Patrick’s Day, and this small village’s celebrations suited my tastes just nicely. The national holiday fell on a Friday, and there was to be a parade held in the main street at 1pm. It couldn’t have been a more Irish day; gale-force winds and cold misty rain, the... Continue Reading →

Day Seven in Galway: Letterfrack

It was definitely meant to happen this morning.  I was at the coach station at 8.45am, lunch in bag, ready for the bus to Letterfrack at 9am. Passing through the outer suburb of Moycullen, before I knew it civilisation was falling away. The land had gone from lush green pastures to rolling, sprawling grown grasslands,... Continue Reading →

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