Our trip to Ireland


Well we finally made it! (Picture link)


Things we noticed, Ireland is:




Colored houses

Colored doors


Beer kegs

Food (not too great except for the breakfasts!)

Garda, not many (that’s police)

Wrong side of the road

Round abouts everywhere, few traffic lights



Narrow roads



Beautiful beaches


No ice

Never heard of iced coffee

No street signs

Mountainous sometimes

No trees

No wood houses


Our trip

5-5 leave Boston 6:30 pm flight

5-6 arrive Dublin 5:30 am

wander town, take short nap at 3 pm

5-7 Dublin, visit Guinness, take bus tour, get pickpocketed

5-8 Dublin, cancel credit cards, check with Garda

5-9 Joellyn drives (Tom can’t, no license) to Castlecomer and on to Kilkenny

5-10 On to Kinsale via Youghal and Cobh

5-11 To Kilarney along the coast, through Skibbereen and Bantry

5-12 Dingle Peninsula, Connor’s Pass and Pat the Baker Road(Joellyn will tell you about it!)

5-13 Up along coast through Tralee, Kerry Head, Ballybunnion and along the Shannon through Tarbert and Askeaton.  Stop in Adare and on to Limerick

5-14 Castleconnell and Mountshannon and then to St. John’s castle in limerick

5-15 Fly out


Interesting story

We arrived in Castleconnell without a clue as to where we were going.  We had the name of Joe Carroll from Mark and Cathy.  So we started at the post office and they told us where he lived so we followed their directions and for lack a real direction decided to try a house with at least the right colored car in front of it.  Knocked on the door and told the gentleman that opened it that we were looking for Joe Carroll.  He said “well you found him”.  So Joe had us in and told us a lot of what he knew.  He and another person had written a book on the history of Castleconnell back in 1991 which included info on Mountshannon.  He gave us a photocopy of the pages from the book and told us they were in the process of updating it.  He told us how to find Mountshannon.  We followed his directions and found the gate to the property owners home but could not find any other access.  Mountshannon is a protected historical property but there is no access and it is on private property.  So I rang the bell at the gate and when it was answered I told them who I was and why we were there.  They said come on in. And the gate opened and we went in.  We met Maria Tobin who with her husband had purchased it about 2 years ago.  They had wanted to build in the area but as they were not both native to Castleconnell they could not build.  We wandered through the fields and thru the ruins including the old cold storage chamber out back..  It asked about the strange looking tree and were told it was a monkeytail tree.  It was very interesting.  Maria told us there was a local pub (Herbert’s ) that also had a photo.  Once we were driving again we came across Michael Herbert’s pub and, as I could use a beer by this time, we stopped.  Some folks were outside and we asked if they were open.  No, they were doing renovations but had some suggestions as to other places we could stop.  I told them we were looking to see the picture and they said come right in. It was a cute pub to which they were trying to add some more cooking/restaurant facilities.  The pictures were in the main bar room, and Blaithiw said she thought she had some other photos and went looking for them  She did find a copy of the book “In Ruins- The once Great Houses of Ireland” which had Mountshannon on it’s cover and also an article inside.  She said “here’ it is my gift to you”!!!  So we really made a lot of progress for a day when we really had no idea where we were heading!!


Pictures: Took about 1500 but you only get to see a few……….