An Irish - South African Wedding

In 2009 we were invited to an Irish/South African wedding of our friends Diane and Andre. While they actually live in Switzerland these days they got married in Blackwater Castle next to Cork in Ireland. After a great wedding followed by an impressive party we used the opportunity to tour a bit through the country. Finishing this wonderful vacation with quite a unique concert of U2 in their home ground at the Croke Park Stadium in Dublin.

Places We Visited

Our Stories

Our next stop is in Kilkenny and the close by ruins of Kells Priory. For those who like beer, you certainly know Kilkenny as it is one of the more famous beers that you can get in the Irish Pubs across Europe.


07 July 2009

We have about a week before we have to be at the weeding taking place close to Cork. The Wicklow Mountains are our first target on the way there.

Wicklow Mountain

05 July 2009

Shortly before we arrive in Castletownroche where the wedding takes place we stop by Annes Gove Garden. Behind pretty old stone walls we find a paradise.

Annes Grove Gardens

10 July 2009

More rain, cycling and the second biggest natural harbor of Ireland. This is how to summarize our experience on the Beara Peninsula.

Beara Peninsula

13 July 2009

The main reason why we came to Ireland is the invitation to the Irish/South African wedding of our friends Diane and Andre. Diane being Irish and Andre from South Africa.

Wedding Diane + Andre

11 July 2009

The second peninsula we visit is Dingle. It is the northernmost of the peninsulas. We find quite a nice little camp site called Dingle Camping & Caravan Site.

Dingle Peninsula

15 July 2009

The Burren is dominated by the rocks as the name indicates already. It comes from the Irish "boiremann" and means "great rock".

The Burren

17 July 2009

Moving further north we take the ferry from Tarbert to Killimer. From there we drive up north and our next stop is at the Cliffs of Moher.

Cliffs of Moher

16 July 2009

Passing through Galway we reach  the most northern part of our journey. Driving up the N59 north from Galway, then turning left onto the tiny little R341 we end up in Roundstone.


18 July 2009

On our way to Dublin we also stop by Knowth and it’s around eighteen smaller or satellite mounds as well as Newgrange. They are all over 5000 years old.

Knowth + Newgrange

22 July 2009

Possibly the oldest cemetery in world, but not so easy to find it. Once we found it we are really glad that we got here. It feels like a very spiritual place even today.

Loughcrew Cairns

21 July 2009

We are now coming back to Dublin for our last weekend of this trip. Lot's of things to see around here including the legendary Temple Bar.


22 July 2009

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