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Dromoland and the Cliffs of Moher

The next morning after a hearty Irish breakfast (I had the fish of the day!) since the weather was lovely we thought we’d go north to the Aran Islands. When we passed the Cliffs of Moher on our way to Doolin, we impulsively decided to stop since the last time we were there we didn’t get to see much since it was raining cats and dogs (and I don’t mean kittens and puppies but really fat, aggressive cats and dogs). We also wanted to see the new visitors center which replaced a nondescript concrete building in the parking lot. The new visitors center is an earth covered building with a tea shop, exhibit and shop. We took a walk on the newly refurbished walkways and then decided to make our way to Doolin to catch the ferry. Unfortunately, we weren’t there in the high season so the ferry didn’t run as often. We had missed the boat! Fortunately there was another boat that sailed to the Cliffs of Moher and we were in time to catch it. It was worth every Euro. We took lots of photos from the boat and when we disembarked one of the crew asked us if we had seen many “bards,” which I was then able to translate to birds, as there is a rookery island near the cliffs.

After driving around the Burren we headed back to Dromoland and treated ourselves to dinner in the main castle restaurant. After dinner we visited the bar, adorned with Staffordshire dogs on shelves on the wall.

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The new visitors center

The new visitors center

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April 10, 2009 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

Thinking back and Dromoland

It’s been almost a year since Robert and I got back from our last trip to Ireland in April. This time we stayed 2 nights in Co. Clare at Dromoland Castle, 3 nights in Cork, and 4 nights in Dublin. We usually go to Ireland in the fall, but since we took this trip after I graduated from library school we went in the spring. Spring was beautiful this year in Ireland and we were delighted with the sunny weather. Robert even got a bit of a sunburn. We tried the new direct flight on Aer Lingus from Dulles to Dublin and then took a short flight to Shannon.

I made the mistake of getting a map from Shannon to Dromoland on Google Maps, which indicated Dromoland in a place it could not be. But, we asked at the car rental office and they steered us to the right place, which is about a half an hour from Shannon near scenic Newmarket-on-Fergus. The public rooms seem to go on and on forever, but you are rewarded with pleasant dining rooms and a clubby bar. Robert played an excellent game of golf in the challenging course. If you stay there make sure you avoid running over the ducks in the driveway.

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April 10, 2009 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment


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