Kissing the Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle

Drove from Cork to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. Received certificate from “Sir Charles St. John Colthurst of Ardrum, Inniscarra, in the county of Cork”…that having kissed the Blarney Stone I am sent forth with “the Gift of Eloquence”. Walking up the tiny extremely narrow stone staircase with small slits in the stoneContinue reading “Kissing the Blarney Stone, Blarney Castle”

More Galway

Visited Kylemore Abbey, about 2 hours out of Galway, built in 1860’s after Mitchell Henry and his bride Margaret honeymooned in the area in the 1850’s. It boasts the largest Walled Victorian Garden in Ireland. It began as an uncompromising bog, but was transformed into a six acre growing space with 21 interlinked centrally-heated glasshouses.Continue reading “More Galway”

Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

Toured to Giant’s Causeway, World Heritage Site. Spectacular coastline. Rock shapes made by volcano. Family history connection to Giant’s Causway: (Mother’s side McCurdy) “Pethric McKurerdy lived on the “Isle of Bute” as the family had for several centuries before the religious persecution of the 1600’s. He and four brothers escaped in an open boat inContinue reading “Giant’s Causeway, Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland”