Fenechs et al in Ireland: our last Kerry Day

28 04 2011

Friday arrived, and with it our last full day in Kerry. We decided to make our way to the Dingle peninsula, where we made our first stop at Dingle, where we walked around the town, visited some shops and went to the farmers’ market. What was really surprising at this farmers’ market is that no one gives anything to taste, which is completely opposite to what we say in Howth, where everyone was offering samples. There was even one (rude in my opinion) lady who as we passed by kept putting some of the food in her mouth and going MMMMMMM MMMMM. We did not buy anything (we had had a huge breakfast as usual and it being Good Friday we were not going to eat sweets were we?). However I always enjoy going to such markets, and it is a pity there is not one close to DCU (or at least one that I know of). There were also lots of brightly painted and nicely decorated houses/shops in Dingle, which I really enjoyed 🙂

A Cool House in Dingle

A Cool House in Dingle

However we could not stay in Dingle all day long, so off we went to do the Dingle peninsula. I think the Dingle peninsula, though beautiful in its own right, is not as impressive as the ring of Kerry. However it might have to do with the weather being a bit less bright than the previous day, and us having seen enough of the Kerry countryside, and the lots and lots of sheep (we saw lots of lambs which were quite cute, but there is an extent to the OOHHHH factor I guess).

Hills of Sheep

Hills of Sheep

We also made it to the Blasket Museum. It is quite an interesting museum, especially hearing about all the culture that came out of these small Islands and all that is now missed due to them having to evacuate the islands. I would be devastated if I ever have to evacuate my Island of Malta…but I understand what a harsh life they led.

At this point we made it back to Dingle, where we attended the Good Friday service at the Dingle church. The service was long (too long and dragging) for my liking…and for all of us in the group. But it served a purpose in one aspect for me. After the service we had dinner in Dingle and made our way to the B&B where we settled down for our last night there.

The next morning, we woke up to another gut busting breakfast and made our way to Galway, catching the ferry at Tarbert Island, where we said goodbye to the Kerry experience.

On the ferry: Leaving dock

On the ferry: Leaving dock

Once again: thank you Michael for the photos 🙂

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Fenechs et al in Ireland: Kerry Days contd

28 04 2011

On our second day in Kerry, we again started our day with a delicious breakfast. Then we made our way to the car as today was the ring of Kerry day. I had often heard about how beautiful this place is, but in all honesty had expected it to be all made up hype. But it was a really enjoyable day. The fact that we had great weather certainly helped. But look at these photos (taken by Michael 🙂 ), and see for yourself. My suggestion to others taking on the Ring of Kerry: go to Valentia Island, go a bit away form the main roads, and you will be rewarded. Our 30min detour turned into at least 1.5hours and it was really great fun:

First up was the Kerry Bog Village Museum, where we got to see the Irish Wolfhound, and enormous specimen of a dog. We also got to see the way that people lived in bygone eras. The museum is not much, but quite interesting nonetheless, especially if you read the information available, as you may be able to understand how these people lived. After that we did not visit any other museum, but just enjoyed the views:

The Vast and Expansive Ferry Terminal for Valentia:

Valentia Island Terminal

Valentia Island Terminal

Views from Valentia Island:

The whole family on Valentia

The whole family on Valentia

Apparently there is a Top Toilet Award…we must say that this toilet is truly deserving. Whilst there Michele noticed that the hand dryer was not working. A lady who was there cleaning said that it was working that morning and that it could not be and that she needs to call somoene to fix it ASAP. Whilst having some snacks outside, i.e. within 10mins, someone in an Electricity Department van came and fixed it. We are truly impressed.

Top Toilet

Top Toilet

On the beach, where we paddled in the Atlantic for the first time (OK wet our feet), I had a surprise message (thanks to Bee 🙂 ) and we saw what we concluded to be (lots of) fish eggs, but we are not so sure are we:

Sand art especially for me

Sand art especially for me

Fish Eggs?

Fish Eggs?

At one of the last towns we had some dinner (lunch was sandwiches and fruit) and then made our way to the B&B where we just freshened up and made our way to church for the Maundy Thursday service at Milltown. After church it was straight to bed. A successful day 🙂





Fenechs et al in Ireland: Kerry Days

27 04 2011

On our first full day in Kerry, we decided to go for a hike/walk, since we had spent most of the previous day sitting (in planes, the car etc). Anyways, after the humungous breakfast prepared by Gret and Podge we definitely needed to walk, so we made our way to Killarney National Park, and took off on a hike around Muckross Lake. The views we saw were spectacular, and though we walked quite a bit the stunning views made it worth while.

Group Photo on the Bridge

Group Photo on the Bridge

On the Old Weir Bridge

At the Old Weir Bridge

At the Old Weir Bridge

The stunning Torc Waterfall (some of us wanted to go up Torc Mountain but sadly (boohooboohoo) the path was closed…oh the disappointment)

Bro, Sis and soon to be Sis at Torc Waterfall

Bro, Sis and soon to be Sis at Torc Waterfall

Another stunning bridge and view

Another stunning view

Another stunning view

We then made our way to the car, had a late lunch at Killarney and made our way to the B&B where we had a short rest, then went to Killorglin. After walking around the area for a bit, we went back to the B&B, where we planned the next days, saw a movie and then went off to bed.

Again, I thank Michael for taking these beautiful photos.





Fenechs et al in Ireland: Arrival in Dublin and on to Kerry

27 04 2011

After the 4 days with Bee and Mum in Dublin, my sister Ann, her boyfriend Michael, my brother Stephen and his fiancee Michele came to Ireland. First up were Ann and Michael, who came to Uni where I showed them around the lab and we had some lunch before going to my apartment to pick up all our luggages to make our way to the airport where we met Stephen and Michele on arrival, and went to the car hire desk to get our car. Things went smoothly and off we went to our first B&B: Kilburn House.

Kilburn House

Kilburn House

As you can see, Kilburn House is situated in an area of greenery. However it is not too far away from the nearby village Milltown (2mins by car maximum). They have a couple of cows and two really cute and playful dogs, Brandy and Bailey. Brandy (the smaller dog) is a bundle of energy who gets really jealous of any attention given to Bailey. Bailey is the most good humored dog ever, cos I would never put up with Brandy constantly jumping on me 🙂

The Cows

The Cows

Brandy and Bailey

Brandy and Bailey

We settled in to our rooms, and off we went for some dinner at a nearby pub: Larkins.

Dinner at Larkins

Dinner at Larkins

We chatted a lot, made the waiter (James) blush a couple of times and had a good time. But by now we were tired, so off home we went to make plans for the next day and sleep.

PS: I would like to emphasize that these photos have not been taken by myself, but by my sisters bf Michael, who is much more capable than me 🙂