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
Wicklow Mountain - Kilkenny - Kells Priory - Rock of Cashel - Annes Grove Gardens - Wedding Diane + Andre - Beara Peninsula - Dingle Peninsula - Ferry Tarbert to Killimer - Cliffs of Moher - The Burren - Connemara - Loughcrew Cairns - Knowth - Newgrange - Dublin - U2
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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