Erin Go Bragh!

Bunratty Castle

I have been in Ireland and Belgium for most of this month, hence the lack of blogging.

We didn’t have internet access for almost all of our stay in Ireland. This sort of freaked me out for a couple of days, then it was kind of nice!

I guess that’s what a vacation is all about; forgetting about “the usual” for a while.

Ireland is a gorgeous, wild, nature-filled, friendly country. We had a fabulous time driving on the wrong side of the road, dodging sheep along bendy paths.

Ireland is chock full of the things I love: rocks, natural wonders, castles, family crests, medieval stained glass, ruins, graveyards, and stone-age forts. I really felt like there was something to appreciate visually around every corner- so now I have 1500 pictures to go through. In the meantime, I pulled “a few” of them out to post here- just some aesthetically pleasing stuff for all of you art lovers and makers…

Cool swirly stone-age art at the Brú na Bóinne complex at Newgrange.

Trim Castle, where they filmed Mel Gibson’s Braveheart!

Enchanted tree at Tullynally Gardens…in fact, every tree I saw in Ireland was enchanted.

Tullynally Gardens

Awesome family crest at Tullynally Castle (to which the gardens belong).

Crumlin Park House, outside of Tuam, Co. Galway. We stayed here for a week- loved it, highly recommended!

The seriously rocky moonscape of The Burren, on the West coast.

I was very fascinated by all the tenacious plants growing between the rocks of the Burren.

More of ’em.

Typical dry-stacked walls that you find everywhere in Ireland. I am still not sure how these vertically-stacked rocks stay standing, but they do.

Me as seen thru the Poulnabrone dolmen. Gosh, I love dolmens. Did I mention that?

Burren birds at a nature center near Aillwee Cave.

A random roadside castle. I love the fact that there are random roadside castles all over Ireland.

Street puppets in Galway.

Barfronts in Galway.

Purty boats in Galway.

Kylemore Abbey

As seen in the Kylemore Abbey gardens.


Enchanted woods near Kylemore Abbey. Really, they are enchanted.

The Magnificent Cliffs of Moher…a breathtaking sight.

The Heather on the Hill.
Gosh, I love heather. Did I mention that?

Traditional thatched house on Inishmore, the biggest of the Aran Isles.

Island kids playing for the tourists!

The view from the Black Fort on Inishmore.

The mysterious Dun Aengus stone-age fort- to reach it you have to walk about an hour straight up a rocky hill.

Cow enclosure on the island.

Sunset over Inishmore, as seen from the mainland.

The monasterial majesty of Clonmacnoise.

Me and a high cross- or a reasonable facsimile of it. The real one is indoors at a museum on the site.

Graveyard at Clonmacnoise. I love old graveyards- have I mentioned that?

Fleurs in the town of Cong.

Trad buildings near Bunratty Castle in the Folk Park.

Neato stained glass in Bunratty Castle.

An ol’ fashined scene at the Bunratty Folk Park.

The famous Rock of Cashel, from afar.

Stonework in the Rock of Cashel complex, from a-close.

More beautiful carved insignia. Sigh.

The monastic site of Glendalough. They sure knew how to pick a location back then!



Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains.
I was pretty shocked how wild the country is so close to Dublin.

Hooray- PEAT! I was bent on getting a picture of newly cut peat blocks, which they still harvest in this traditional way in some places.


Yes, that’s right…step right up! Get your tarts here!

We walked right into the scene of a film being shot in Dublin.

Dublin “Castle” where all the politics take place.
And also eerie, giant sand sculptures, at least when we were there.

Awesome flooring choice in St. Patrick’s Cathedral!

Yet more awesome flooring choices…Temple Bar, Dublin.

Tower house in Swords, very close to the Dublin airport, on our last day in Ireland.

We leave Ireland now with this cool crest from Swords Castle. Awwww.

All in all, a lovely place- I highly recommend going if you like this kind of thing!
Coming soon- scenes from Belgium!

17 comments on “Erin Go Bragh!

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 10:36 am, June said:

    Thanks for the lovely tour. I really want to go and experience it all myself now… and I haven’t as far to go as you!

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 10:48 am, Liz said:

    It would be easy for you, June- definitely think about doing the trip! I am jealous of your proximity!

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 11:00 am, Barbara said:

    Liz, these pictures are wonderful. It made me feel like I was there! I would love to go to Ireland. I love other people’s travel photos. LOVE LOVE LOVE them! Did I mention that?

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 11:37 am, sharon holm said:

    thanks so much for sharing your vacation photos with us! Mine usually consist of realitives. My husband had a biz trip there years ago, and still talks about its beauty.
    I liked the pig! Did I mention I like pigs??

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 11:38 am, John Nez said:

    Those are great pix! I’m green with jealousy… as green as one of those green irish valleys with a castle in it.

    So I take it you didn’t get any pictures of Leprechauns? Probably needed more pitchers aforehand to get a good Leprechaun picture.


  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 12:18 pm, Liz said:

    Barb- thanks! I also love other people’s travel photos!

    Sharon- a huge proportion of our photos have us and/or relatives- those we keep off the net! I can’t belive we didn’t get any pictures of SHEEP, considering there are approximatley a billion of them out there!

    John- No leprechauns, and believe me, we looked. The kids were flabbergasted that they didn’t even have Lucky Charms at the grocery store!

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 1:02 pm, Paula said:

    Wow! wowwowwowwowwowwow. Did I say that already?
    I’m Irish, and I’ve never been. Its calling…
    Thanks for posting these!

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 1:21 pm, Max Haynes said:

    That was a nice little vacation from the day’s effort, kinda rocky there!
    Thanks Liz, I’m glad you had a good time.

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 2:37 pm, Shennen said:

    Oh Liz, this is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Loved the celtic designs, just like on the costumes when my girls Step Danced.

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 8:06 pm, Barbara said:

    Those cliffs and castles, pubs and cozy cottages. That beautiful place you stayed in. Liz, I’m so happy you stepped inside those haunting landscapes and captured them to hold dear and share with us. Great vacations are wonderful investments in ourselves.
    You have truly enriched your life.

  • on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 8:11 pm, diane greenseid said:

    Wow, beautiful, Liz! Makes me want to go. One day…

  • on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 9:14 am, janeeeeee said:

    Wow! Great photos, Liz! Thanks for sharing them!

  • on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 1:45 pm, Janet Skiles said:

    Your photos are fantastic! I want to go now. Thanks for letting us see them. I love looking at travel photos and can’t wait to see the rest.

  • on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 5:41 pm, Becky said:

    Cool, cool pictures, Liz. It makes me want to go. It looks like it wasn’t hot either. Did it rain alot and was there any flooding, like in England? Welcome home. We missed you.

  • on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at 8:17 am, monicalee said:

    wow! you could have a 2nd career as a photographer! What a terrific summer you are having!!

  • on Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 5:30 pm, roz said:

    Welcome back! What great photos. I would love to visit Ireland. BEAUTIFUL!
    If I’d known, I would have had you order a half shandy at the local pub.

  • on Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 11:11 am, kelmurphy said:

    Ugh! I am so jealous Liz! These pics are making me so “home” sick. I see they still haven’t finished construction on the Eyre Square. Thanks so much for sharing these. You were right around where the relatives live (Craughwell and Gort).

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