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Majestic Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland.

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We’ve enjoyed our visit to Dublin.  Quite a contrast to the rest of our trip to Ireland. It’s urban of course, also very vibrant, lively, modern and young. Let me start by sharing the weekend we were in town featured the convergence of the two biggest sporting events in Ireland, a semi-final for Irish Football on Saturday and a Hurling (sorta like a rugby, lacrosse mash-up) match on Sunday.  Both games in… Read More

Sadly, this was our last day to explore Irish country roads. We headed west from Cong to the coastal town of Clifden, tucked in between the Twelve Bens mountain range and the bay.  Before we enjoyed a late lunch in quaint Clifden, we stopped by the Connemara National Park to learn a bit more about bogs and did a drive-by of stately Kylemore Abbey, a Gothic Revival estate built in 1826. The… Read More

We had an amazing experience today.  We worked with a Harris Hawk named Aztec (with our instructor Alec) and spent an hour walking in the woods of the Ashford Castle estate. It was actually like a page right out of a Robin Hood story, deep in Sherwood Forest. We got to see Aztec take off to hunt his own prey at one point. What a feeling to look eye-to-eye with a raptor… Read More

The Cliffs of Moher were impressive, but I’d have to go with The Burren as the most fascinating place we visited today. Cromwell’s surveyors described The Burren as “yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him in, nor soil enough to bury.” It truly is an odd, unique landscape, and does seem to hold some sort of mystical power locked within. Flat, smooth limestone rocks are pitted… Read More

We set off this morning on some more Irish country back roads, heading to Ballybunion to play golf on a traditional links course; in this case, the Old Course, dating from 1893. It was a great experience and lots of fun to walk the 18 holes with a caddy. Let me tell you with some of the positions my balls landed, it was a pretty rugged walk. It was a bit chilly,… Read More

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