Some drives around Ireland, 1994 to 1997

Routes round Ireland
In May 1994 we got the ferry from Hollyhead to Dun Laoghaire near Dublin and drove to the south-west, via Rathdrum County Wicklow, Waterford, Cashel Co Tipperary, Cork, Blarney Castle, Kinsale, the Ring of Kerry, Castle Cove, Kenmare, Killarney, Slea Head on the Dingle peninsula, Tralee, Limerick, Kilkenny and Kells Co Kilkenny.

In May 1996 we drove to Dublin and Bray then round the 'midlands', to Trim Co Meath, Battstown Co Westmeath, Cartroncard and Tully Co Longford, Westport and Lough Doo Co Mayo, Clonbar, Kylemore Abbey, Ballynahinch Castle, Galway, Aughnanure Castle, Athenry, Gort and Kinvara Co Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Lehinch, Kilfenora, Ennis, Quin and Bunratty Co Clare, Limerick, Friarstown Co Limerick, Modreeny, Ballynavin and Springfield Co Tipperary, Roscrea, Knockarly, Ballybritt and Summerhill Co Offaly, Birr, Roscrea again, Borris in Ossory and Ballybrophy Co Laois and Celbridge Co Kildare.

In June 1997 via Dublin we drove north to Kilbride Co Longford, Iniskillen Co Fermanagh, Letterkenny Co Donegal, the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Co Antrim, Springhill Co Derry, Moy Co Tyrone, the Argory and Portadown Co Armagh, Loughbrickland and Strangford Co Down, Glendalough Co Wicklow and back to Dublin.

Also, back in July 1969 (the 'orange' route on the map) we went by ferry from Stranraer to Larne and drove to Donegal, Sligo, Tobercurry County Sligo, Boyle County Roscommon and back through the Moutains of Morne.

Perhaps most amazingly, we had perfect weather every time.

Dublin Pillar box
A former English pillarbox painted green, on the corner of Palace Street and Dame Street, Dublin.
Whytes Academy Grafton Street
Bewley's coffee shop, Grafton Street, the site of Samuel Whyte's Academy.
Rock of Cashel
In the ruined cathedral on the Rock of Cashel County Tipperary.
Cork second hand shop
A second-hand shop in Cork.
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle. The Blarney Stone is up in one of those overhangs.
Kinsale Main Street
Bustling Main Street in Kinsale County Cork.
Kenmare shop
The shop that could not be ignored, Kenmare County Kerry.
Ring of Kerry
The Skelligs from Valentia Island at the far end of the Ring of Kerry.
King John's castle Limerick
King John's castle at Limerick.
Kells medieval city County Kilkenny
Ruins of the medieval city of Kells County Kilkenny.
Westport County Mayo
In Westport County Mayo.
Bundorragh River County Mayo
The Bundorragh river below Lough Doo, County Mayo.
Thoor Ballylee County Galway
Thoor Ballylee, a 14th century fortified Norman tower, summer home of WB Yeats, near Gort County Galway.
Kinvarra County Galway
Kinvarra County Galway.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher County Clare.
Kilfenora cathedral
In the 12th century cathedral at Kilfenora County Clare.
Leamaneh Castle County Clare
Leamaneh castle near Kilfenora. The left-hand house was built about 1640 onto the right-hand 15th century O'Brien fortified tower house.
Village Street Bunratty Folk Park
The village street at Bunratty Folk Park, in the grounds of Bunratty Castle County Clare.
Donkey powered roller at Bunratty Folk Park
A donkey-powered roller at Bunratty Folk Park.
Gypsy caravans at Bunratty Folk Park
Gypsy caravans at Bunratty Folk Park.
Gypsy caravan garage
A home for those gypsy caravans! Between Laragh and Rathdrum County Wicklow.
Giants Causeway
The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim.
Giants Causeway
The Giant's Causeway.
Strangford County Down
Strangford, County Down.
Glendalough church
The church at St Kevin's 7th century monastery at Glendalough County Wicklow.
Ships in the clouds Dublin
Ships in the clouds. Hanover Quay, Dublin.

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