Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ireland Part 5 2005

I've been doing some memory lane posts of trips before digital and before blogging.
I first traveled to England with my Mom in 1960
My parents took us back as a family in 1970.
John and I first went together in 1986 to London.
Continuing 1986 with Oxford and Stratford.
Ireland 1991 Part 1 Dublin
Ireland 1991 Part 2 Around Ireland 
Ireland 1991 Part 3 Around Ireland
London 2005 with family
Ireland Part 1 2005 Ballyvaughan Aran Islands
Ireland Part 2 2005 Ballyvaughan Dunguaire Castle, Galway
Ireland Part 3 2005 Burren Bunratty Castle Aillwee Caves Lahinch
Ireland Part 4 2005 Dingle Kinsale Inch
Ireland Part 5 2005 Killarney Limerick Ashford
Ireland Part 6 2005 Dublin
Ireland 2001 - Ballybunion scheduled
London 1987 - scheduled
Scotland 2001 - scheduled

July 2005 - Ireland

I can't believe we are on part 5!!

We're in Killarney.
Click here for our 2015 visit to Killarney.

The Lakes of Killarney and Muckross House.

South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy's Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rise to a height of over 1000 metres. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, lies the 10,236 hectare (26,000 acres), Killarney National Park . The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.

This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.

In 1970 my sister and I went to Ireland with my parents and had this photo taken.

Here's my sister and I in 2005 taking this photo with my niece and nephew.

Limerick Castle - the boys went to the castle and we went shopping.

King John’s Castle, on ‘King’s Island’ in the heart of medieval Limerick City.

King John was the brother of Richard the Lionheart, associated with legends such as Robin Hood and the Knights’ of the Round Table. John, Lord of Ireland, though not as popular as his brother, was a formidable force in battle and when he set about claiming territory in Ireland, he certainly made his mark in Limerick.

Remember it is July! A trip to the beach at Milltown Malbay.

It doesn't look very warm.

Obviously my sister doesn't think so.

Seasoned Irish tourists.


Taking the plunge. My niece had brought three bikinis with her thinking the water would be warm! Nope.

A little cold!

We stayed a night in Ashford, where my parents had lived when they first got married.

On the road again! Next stop Dublin.

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  1. The castle in particular is imposing!

    Beautiful landscape shots.

  2. I absolutely love the one where we see the passage of time from the trip you girls took with your parents in 1970, and then the grown up version! That's got to come with a boatload of memories! Speaking of 'boats' your new canoe pic on your header is fantastic!
    O Canada!
    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.

    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!

    Did I hear something about a possible lyric change, btw??

    1. Thanks Sim! Yes, there is a private bill before Parliament to change the line "all thy sons' command" to more gender neutral to "in all of us command". Silly, really.

  3. I tried to leave a comment already but it looks like it didn't take so excuse me if this all feels very familiar. My main point was that I love the two pictures of you and your sister on the little pony cart from 1970 with your parents and then the more recent shot with the kids. They've got to have lots of wonderful memories attached. I also adore your new canoe header, gorgeous. You make me want to sing O Canada!

    O Canada!
    Our home and native land!
    True patriot love in all thy sons command.
    With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
    The True North strong and free!
    From far and wide,
    O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

    Did I hear something about a change of lyric in the works!?

  4. We went to Muckross House -- since it was a garden tour, we spent all our time in the grounds, which were beautiful.

  5. Gorgeous National Park photos and castles, but I especially enjoy the family trip to Ireland in 1970. Thanks for sharing, and here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

  6. I love reenacting old family photos - that was a lovely touch.
    The Irish seaside is certainly very different to the Australian version :-)

  7. WHat a wonderful trip! I've always wanted to go to Ireland, but it just hasn't happened it. Sigh....

  8. Ireland is so beautiful, these photos form such lovely memories. It's all so green and lush. I've only visited Dublin, we went to the beach one day (it was June) it looked exactly like your photos- Australians were not tempted to go near the water!

  9. Photos are great even before digital!! It's good to have your photos online, if for only a reminder of great times. I put all mine online--just in case :)

    1. I'm known as a double and triple backer upper of digital. Yes, I've scanned all our pre-digital photos.


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