Friday, 1 July 2011

Amazing competition to help us road trip around Ireland!!

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Ford, the official car supplier to the IRFU are providing a family ticket for the upcoming rugby match between Ireland and England to be played in Dublin's Aviva Stadium on August 27th this year.

Budget Car Rental Ireland have organised accommodation for Friday 26th August and Saturday 27th August in the nearby Herbert Park Hotel. They are putting up a great family package that includes two interconnecting rooms, pizza and in-room movie for the 2 children as well as breakfast for four in the Pavilion Restaurant. Parking and Herbert Trail are included in the package.

Also included is a Dublin City Sightseeing Tour in an open top bus which is a great way to see Dublin's top visitor attractions.

Finally, to get you there in style and comfort they are including free car hire picking up from any of there Irish locations. 

Monday, 27 June 2011

The Ultimate Road Trip of County Clare

The ultimate Road Trip of County Clare... June Bank Holiday weekend we set off on the trip to Clare after a night out in Paddy Rohans Bar in Nenagh Co. Tipperary. We took the back roads to see a bit more than the moterway! first stop for photos was the cross of Spancil Hill.. which is in essence just a cross roads not much to be seen unless your a Christy Moore fan that is! :) and if you are have a listen to this! 

From Spancil Hill we continued straight through Ennis to The Cliffs of Moher.. I must say the 6euro each entry fee to the car park did not impress me but to be fair the cliffs are a must see.. but even more so when you keep walking up to the left hand side away from the tower climb over the wall and sit by the Atlantic coast    .

Living on your western shore,
Saw summer sun sets, I asked for more,
I stood by your Atlantic Sea,
And i sang a song for Ireland
One of the main aims of our road trip was to find Father Ted's House - Craggy Island Parochial House, from the TV series father ted. Well this was not a disapointment, located on a back road from Boston to Killnaboy. In the middle of the Burren, we almost missed out on seeing the beautiful Burren with both of us on look out for the house!! We were using GPS Co-ordinates from another website that left us about 15 minutes shy so here are the correct ones: Latitude and Longitude 53.009924,-9.029911

All Photos are by the lovely  the lovely AceMcCloudX

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

WB Yeats Grave Drumcliffe, County Sligo.

Driving from Sligo to Bundoran you wont help but notice a huge swarm of coaches of American tourists, but it is worth, walking straight past them and past the coffee shop that is almost in the graveyard and into the left you will find the resting place of WB Yeats. 

Yeats died at the Hôtel Idéal Séjour, France, on 28 January 1939. It was his wish to have a quick funeral so he was buried there and moved to Sligo a year later his wife said these were his words "His actual words were 'If I die bury me up there [at Roquebrune] and then in a year's time when the newspapers have forgotten me, dig me up and plant me in Sligo'."

Shur Yeats said it all himself in one of his final poems

Under bare Ben Bulben's head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid. An ancestor was rector there Long years ago, a church stands near, By the road an ancient cross. No marble, no conventional phrase; On limestone quarried near the spot By his command these words are cut:  Cast a cold eye On life, on death. Horseman, pass by!

IRA Monument in Roscommon

After moving to Roscommon from Tipperary, I decided to start this blog to document all the crazy stuff and places I would find Up West!! On my first road trip I was not disappointed! I was heading from Roscommon to Sligo

First Stop was an IRA Monument between Roscommon Town and Boyle, to the right hand side of this garden behind gates that have the word Saoirse embedded in them stands a monument to Padraig Pearce

Your eyes could almost skip past Padraig and the tri colour flying beside him as the main focus of this garden is a colossal monument composed of 3 men towering over the surrounding flat land. For any one interested in history I would highly recommend a visit! 

For anyone who has any interest in Irish History I would highly recommend a link to my good friend The Galtee Mountain Boys website:

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