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Ireland by Loretto on 1 November 2009 3:04pm
I'd love to see Michael visit Ireland. From the Giant's Causeway to the Skellig Michael, this small island has beautiful scenery and a rich history. I went to Belfast for one day this summer and my husband and I vowed to return in two years for a longer stay. Bring your wife Michael, make it a travel documentary and a family vacation! Bring an umbrella!
Re: Ireland by Amaia on 1 November 2009 9:59pm
Ireland is indeed a country that wins your heart... So many things to see... and so many pubs to go! ;)
The Giants Causeway is indeed fantastic...
I recommand the Aran Islands, west of Galway, they're just fabulous. :D
Re: Ireland by Loretto on 11 November 2009 10:31pm
I am from Galway. This past summer we, my husband and I, took our 10 year old son to Kinsale, the Wicklow Mountains, Kilmainham Jail, Trinity College, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Galway, Newgrange (we're attending the winter solstice sunrise this year also) and we saw the burren, poulnabrone, Birr Castle, a Workhouse, and finished at Dromoland Castle! Not a bad way to end a great trip. We're off to Jamaica and Turks and Caicos next!!
Re: Ireland by bIG bLOGGER on 12 November 2009 2:00pm
The British public-school-educated actor JEREMY IRONS,who married Irish actress SINEAD CUSACK,has renovated 15th century Kilcoe Castle,near Ballydehob,in West Cork. He lives there,as well.

In England they say: "an Englishman's home is his castle". In the case of Jeremy Irons,you could say: "an Englishman's Irish castle is his home."

Q: Have you ever visited County Cork,Loretto?
Re: Ireland by peripatetically on 12 November 2009 2:14pm
Sorry, Big, they say the same thing here. It's not an English saying exclusively. : )
Re: Ireland by johnnythemonkey on 12 November 2009 2:42pm
Loretto, I visited Kilmainham Jail in 2006 and it was the highlight of my visit to Dublin. It was a very moving experience. In the museum, to read the letters of those awaiting execution was pitiful. Heroes they were.
Re: Ireland by Amaia on 12 November 2009 2:51pm
Ah, I visited the jail as well, Johnny, it was very interesting indeed. And so very instructive as well!
Re: Ireland by johnnythemonkey on 12 November 2009 3:08pm
I was going to post some of my own photographs but instead I think the Wiki link is quite good. Please click on the pics to enlarge them. Particularly the plaque of the names of the leaders of the 1916 uprising.
Also a link to James Connoly, who was stretchered to the jail by the British before being tied to a chair and shot.


Re: Ireland by Loretto on 13 November 2009 2:36pm
I have been to Cork Big Blogger! We happened upon a tour/discussion/presentation of the Shooting at Beal na Blath, where Michael Collins was asassinated. They still don't know if it was an anti-treatty member or one of his own men. I cried during the presentation because it made you realise how awful civil war really is, or any war for that matter. They were two older gentlemen, fantastic Cork accents and they were so non-biased, not for one side or the other, but admirers of Michael Collins.I would like to travel west of Cork next time and visit some of the Islands off the coast, especially to Michil Skellig, where the stone huts and monastery is.
Re: Ireland by johnnythemonkey on 13 November 2009 3:02pm
The account that I've been told is that his assassin was an Anti-Treaty Ira man named Denis ( Sonny ) O'Neil.
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