Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ireland, Day 3: The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, and Dunguaire Castle

Today was an excellent day for touring: The weather was beautifully sunny with not a drop of rain. We drove west from Limerick through County Clare, stopping first at the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs stand 702 feet at their highest point and stretches for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast.

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After stopping for what turned out to be a fantastic lunch, we headed east to the Burren.

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The Burren measures more than 95 square miles, and has more than 90 megalithic tombs in the area, portal dolmens, a Celtic high cross in the village of Kilfenora, and a number of ring forts - among them the triple ring fort Cahercommaun on the edge of an inland cliff, and the apparently well-preserved Caherconnell Stone Fort. We didn't see any of this, of course, because we didn't actually hike through any of it. We did drive through some very scenic roads around various part of it, though, and it still managed to be pretty impressive.

This evening we attended the Dunguaire Castle Banquet. Dunguaire Castle itself is a tower house on the southeastern shore, and had been built in 1520 by the O’Hynes clan (my mother's forebears).
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My parents had attended the banquet in the past, but Ed expressed interest in going, so we attended this evening. It turned out to be a good evening: the food was apparently improved from the last time my parents had attended, and the entertainment was good as well - poetry and music.

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