Ireland

    I joined up with my parents for Ireland. We flew into Belfast and spent a day there. My parents headed off on a tour of the artworks. The local taxi drivers offer a tour through the areas of the "troubles" as they call them. In retrospect, I should have gone, but I was feeling bushed at that stage adn was looking forward to just turning off for a bit.

    The following day we headed for the reunion at Rathmullan. This of course meant a long, round-about trip along the coast. I enjoyed it a lot, it was very scenic. Very green and lush, but with nice contrasts of cliffs and rocks with ruins and abandoned buildings scattered about.

    Carrickfergus had a nice castle right on the coast, although I'd personally classify it more along the lights of a fort than a castle. Rather amazingly my Dad remembered the address of my Uncle's place in Cushendall, so we stopped in for a cup of tea and a quick trip out to the countryside.

    Next stop was the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge up on the north coast. I was amazed at how clear the water looked. I suspect it was freezing, but it still looked great, surprisingly sheltered too around there as well. We then scooted along to the Giant's causeway, which is interesting, but also slightly disappointing. I would have liked a little longer to do some exploring, but by that stage we were under the pump to get through to Rathmullan.

    I've got the reunion covered in the next set of photos, so I won't mention it here, but after the reunion I got a lift down to Dublin with Pascal and Rossa who were incrediably gracious to let me crash in the spare room. I was in Dublin for about sixteen hours and saw their house, the house my father use to live in and the airport. I really need to go back


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Bed and Breakfast in Belfast
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Carrickfergus Castle
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Sea wall at Carrickfergus
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Carrickfergus Castle
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Carrickfergus harbour
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Driving up the Coast Road
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Outcrop. Everything is so green in Ireland
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Headland north of Cushendall
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Coast near Ballintoy
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Cleft in coast near Ballintoy
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Coast near Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge
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Mum and Dad walking down towards the bridge
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The coast on the other side
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Carrick-a-rede bridge
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The old fishing camp on hte island at Carrick-a-rede
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The water is a spectacular colour
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Mum and Dad on the island
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Another shot of the bridge
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And walking back across the bridge
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Looking from the mainland down towards the island
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Mum and Dad at the Giant's causeway
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The Irish countryside
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And Irish cows
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My Uncle and myself in Ramelton
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Looking down the river at Ramelton towards Lough Swilly
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Ramelton at low tide
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Sorry, in Letterkenny, you can't go up
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A pretty flower
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A bumble bee
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This was the hotel for the reunion
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Walking from the hotel to Rathmullan
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Lough Swilly from Rathmullan House
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Celtic Cross at Rathmullan's old Priory
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The Old Priory in Rathmullan
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Garden at Rathmullan House
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The White Shore
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Countryside up near the White Shore
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One of the farm sheds, but it has a chimney, so it may have been more significant once
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Me, taking even more photos
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Shannagh Lough
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Road outside the Ancestoral home in Ballincrick
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Looking towards Ballincrick
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One of the old farm sheds
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This was where my Dad grew up in Dublin
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And the same house during the day
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