Thursday, March 17, 2011

St Patrick's Day 2011: remembering Ireland

In the middle of 2008, we took the trip of our lifetimes (so far) and went to the UK, Paris; and Singapore on the way home.

After ten days in England, driving the most magnificent car I had driven to that point (a hire/drive Audi A4 turbo diesel), we flew from Teeside to Shannon, in the Republic of Ireland (Eire).

We spent the next five days driving around Ireland (in a diesel Mondeo this time, also nice). It was hard not to feel like we were in Tassie at times; there were many similarities in the surroundings.

Ireland is renowned for its rainy-ness; everywhere we went, when in conversation about our Irish leg, people would invariably say things like: "ohhh, I bet the weather wasn't that good." etc.
And it wasn't, for at least a couple of the days when we had left Dublin's fair city and were out in the country, touring the legendary beauty of those fair hills and vales.
It rained a lot on one or two of those days. It was quite fine and mild on others. Very Tasmanian, in fact.

Notwithstanding the precipitation, I managed to capture some of that beauty and, on St Patrick's Day this year, am posting a few shots bringing back some lovely memories of a wonderful countryside.

Dublin: Georgian terrace doors

Dublin: River Liffey and Ha'penny Bridge

Dublin: Molly Malone "Singin' cockles and mussels - alive, alive-oh!"

Dublin: Georgian terraces

Wrought-iron gates, rain clearing: County Enniss

Black-faced sheep everywhere: roadside, Kerry mountains

Seaside cottage: Ring of Kerry

Coastline: Ring of Kerry

Reflections in a tarn: Ring of Kerry

The view from the steps of Muckross House, Killarney National Park

Muckross House, Killarney National Park

Mossy oak tree, Killarney

Maze Gardens at Muckross House

Stone bridge over a fine fly-fishing river, County Clare (couldn't help but see the bridge at Richmond or Ross, Tasmania...)

Loch Leane - Ring of Kerry

Cows grazing by the side of the road in the Kerry mountains

The awesome natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher

Castle ruins by the cliffs' edge at Moher

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