The far south of Ireland
I headed south from the hostel, along the south-east coast line, and saw this fence banner above along the way on the highway, commemorating the struggles of the Irish people to gain self rule.
Below: Scenes from a tiny fishing village
Despite having been warned that camping parks in Ireland were very expensive (the figure of €26 per tent per night having been mentioned) I decided to camp in Wexford, and rolled into the municipal camping ground, right on the beachfront, with lovely green lawns. The manager was a biker, so I got a good deal, €10, including 2 shower tokens and wifi in my tent. <G> I thought this little camper below was sooooo cute!
Below: Almost dusk, looking out over the seawall, taken from the park fence. And lower, the town of Wexford across the bay from the park.
Below: Serenity on the bay.
Below: Delightful houses with thatched roofs, in Youghal (I think!) A very high proportion of houses in the town had a thatched roof .
Below: At the ferry loading ramp at East Passage, and on the ferry across the river.
Below: A beautiful secluded beach on the south coast road.
Below: An interesting historical marker.
Below: Glorious harbour views around Bantry, in the southwest.
Below: At Molly's tea house at the Druid's view, where I met Maura and David, travellers from Essex in their camper van so we had a good chat about travelling in general.
Below: I found this park along the way, but wasn't feeling up to the 2km walk, so gave it a miss.
Below: Entering Killarney town
Below: Beautiful scenery everywhere. Love it!!
Above: But I didn't see one!
Below: The memorial in Ballyseedy to the eight IRA men who were executed near here on the night of 6-7 March 1923, by Irish Free State government troops, during the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). It is an impressive bronze sculpture by Breton sculptor Yann-Renard Goulet.
Also commemorated by the monument are Denis Broderick, John "Jack" Galvin, Michael Ryle and Seamus Taylor who died in the same locality. Jack Galvin, an IRA prisoner, had been shot and dumped in Ballyseedy Wood during the previous year, on 30-Sep-1922. Seamus Taylor, an IRA prisoner at Killorglin Barracks, was taken to Ballyseedy woods by National Army troops and shot on 8-Mar-1923, the day following the Ballyseedy incident. [detail taken from http://www.blennerhassettfamilytree.com/Civil-War-Memorials-at-Ballyseedy.php ]
Below: There was a fairly famous racehorse [dappled deep grey, if I recall] running in Australia called Bunratty Castle, so when I saw the real Bunratty Castle, I had to stop and take some photos.
Below: There were lots of ruins like this all over the place.
And then I got to the Cliffs of Moher- beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! On a good, sunny day they would be absolutely stunning. The day I was there it started to rain as I was walking up to the viewpoint, so it was a bit misty and overcast, not the best for photos.
Below: O'Brien's Tower at the Cliffs
Above: Neat photo, huh? Shame it's a photo of a photo though, taken in the Visitors' Centre!
The car park here had a special area for bikes, and one could leave tankbags, helmets, jackets etc in the attendant's office while walking over to the cliffs. Here I met Mickey D., the bike riding parking attendant who strove to get these facilities for bikers. Thanks, Mickey, for an enjoyable chat.
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