Sunday, August 07, 2016

Join the Rising

The Sinn Féin shop in Dublin is one of many places in Ireland celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Uprising, and eventual independence from Great Britain in 1922. You can get your 100th Anniversary T Shirt, or 101 Songs of Irish Rebellion - the 5CD Set, or 100th Anniversary mug.

The 1916 Proclamation is also on sale, and is to be seen in many shops around Ireland.The one above is not for sale, being one of the few originals that survive. It is on display not far from the Book of Kells in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Gleninchaquin Park

A small hilly road, with sheep eating the grass in the middle, in places, took us to Inchaquin Park. The waterfall could be seen along the way.
Our walk started at the foot of the waterfall, and followed a rocky trail to an upland lake that feeds the waterfall, then back down through more sheep, and beside a shady woodland river.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Bere Island Ferry

We visited Castletownbere, a 19th Century port built for the Allihais copper mines across the peninsular. There were large fishing boats on the wharf being prepared for their next voyage, and a ferry to Bere Island. We caught the ferry at 1:30. A dozen or so people touring on bikes, and pedestrians, got on first. Many of the pedestrians had loads of shopping from the nearby Supervalu supermarket. Their cars were waiting on the other side. Next a man drove up with a fork lift to unload a large empty rectangular cage. He then maneuvered a cherry picker off the ferry. That gave enough room for 4 cars to reverse onto the ferry. It was a tight squeeze with passengers directing the cars.