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the luck of the irish!

March 17, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

What a lucky day!  I have been bemoaning the fact that I lost all of the photos my daughter and I took on our trip to Ireland last summer.  We still had the pictures my son took, but he is not as trigger happy as I am.  I was searching through my dvds tonight, looking for a powerpoint I had created for my students about the history of Ireland.  I thought I had found it when I stuck a disk titled “Ireland – 1” in the computer slot.  Picture my surprise, and instant jubilation, when our photos of Ireland showed up!  I don’t remember putting the photos on disc, but obviously someone did (son?).  I am so grateful.

The three of us had a really good time on this adventure.  We had an apartment in Dublin for three days, and we just tromped around, doing all the usual tourist things.

Guinness brewery:

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Guinness in the pub:

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Gawking at beautiful things:

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Then we rented a car and hit the road.  We drove across the country to County Galway and a hotel we reserved for a week.

Everyone knows this famous sight:

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Kylemore Abbey – the Monastic home of the Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland.  There is a boarding school there now, but that is going to close over the next few years.  I am including a few pictures from the grounds, because usually one only gets that very famous glimpse.

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The gardens were gorgeous, as was the surrounding countryside.

We also took drives around and about the area:

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Near our hotel were the beautiful ruins of an old church and graveyard.  We walked there every evening and took photos, imagined the past, explored, and dreamed.

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May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Doug Leonard permalink
    March 17, 2009 6:50 pm

    All those gothic arches!

    They just seem to jump in front of my camera lense. Some of the photos were my daughter’s, so they must have jumped in front of her lense, too. I didn’t notice I had posted so many, however!

  2. March 17, 2009 9:01 pm

    Lucky indeed, for you and for us–thank you so much for sharing those photos. They make me want to hop a plane this minute (vicarious travel will have to suffice). Truly the faeries were looking out for you.

    Hi DS, I just got the email today – fare sale at Aer Lingus!! Check it out. There are faeries flitting around my yard, so it must have been their help 😉

  3. March 17, 2009 11:11 pm

    The luck of the Irish indeed!!! That is so great, I am so glad you found those. What a serendipitous moment! And these are lovely pictures. I so wish I could go visit Ireland, and really hope to do so one day. Ireland and England are places I would love to just wander around, getting lost in the beautiful landscapes and amazing architecture.

    Happy St. Patty’s Day to you, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts.

    Thanks, Carl. England and Ireland are my dream destinations, too. I love photographing tumbling down churches and castles and graveyards. It is so amazing to be driving along, and come upon a ruin that is 600 or more years old. We just have nothing to compare, being so young!
    These are precious photos, because my kids are in many of them too – I was really sad I lost that. And now found – hurrah!

  4. March 18, 2009 5:51 am

    Ah, such magical photographs. And how I enjoyed seeing a bit of Ireland this evening! A most Happy St. Patrick’s to you!

    Thank you, Pamela. It has been a magical day. I visited a number of schools today, and had such fun watching all the kids run around the playgrounds, all wearing green:)

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