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Old 08-14-06, 02:24 PM   #1
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Photos from Ireland

It's come up in a bunch of threads today, so I thought I'd post some photos in a new thread. These are from my last trip to Ireland, mostly from the west coast.

1) A random field on Dingle penninsula:

I'd hate to bike in Ireland, the roads are about 1.5 cars wide, and usually had stone walls about 2 inches off to the side. No room for error! The road in this picture is one of the "main" roads on the penninsula. If you notice the darker color in the fields up higher on the hill, they haven't been farmed since the famine. There are abondoned fields like that all over the island.

2) A beehive hut:

These are early dwellings made from dry stone (i.e. no mortar, just stacked up) that dot certain parts of the countryside. They're estimated at about 4,000 years old. Like most of the other ruins in the country, they're not "protected" or hyped up - they're usually just in the middle of some farmer's field. This is kinda nice, since only the most popular sites end up as tourist traps, less spectatular sites seemed to be totally empty most of the time.

3) The Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen:

Another neolithic stone structure, this time a grave site. Located in the middle of the burren (a 25 square-mile of nearly vegetation-free rock on the west coast).

4) The Gallarus Oratory:

Dry stone, 7th century monastic structure built with dry stone and corbel vaulting. Located on Dingle Penninsula. This was a really neat structure because of how "perfect" it looked in comparison to others from the same time period. The stones were placed pretty skillfully to shed rainwater, despite the lack of mortar, so it's in pretty good shape.

5) A Funny Sign:

Spotted on Inch Beach (the longest beach in Europe!) on the Dingle Penninsula. It fascinated me that the beach was basically the parking lot. I guess I'm used to extremely well protected coastlines.

6) The cliffs of Moher looking down:

People have probably seen the scenic, postcardlike shots of the cliffs before, so I didn't bother with one of those. Here's what it looks like when you creep up to the edge, lay down on your belly, and stick your camera over the cliff. There aren't any fences or protection, besides a stone berm a few dozen yards from the cliffs, but everyone ignores it and climbs over anyways. Getting this close to the edge is garunteed to make even the stoutest person get wobbly-kneed. There's something about a 700 foot drop that really does funny things to your gut.

To be continued, due to the limited number of images in a given post. . . . .
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Part Two:

7) The Castle on Cashel Rock:

A really neat structure that had been rebuilt, expanded, wrecked, and otherwise abused for hundreds of years, yet still retained plenty of charm.

8) The Burren:

As described above. Mile after mile of desolate limestone. And a super-rare occurance: a photo of myself on the internet! gasp! This is probably pretty close to what the moon is like. This was the Burren Beach, where it runs into the ocean - the photo was taken after a mile or two walking from the nearest sign of civilization - and, no suprise, there were sheep wandering aorund out here. I swear, the entire island is covered with sheep.

9) The Blasket Islands:

Now abandoned, but home to a few dozen families until the 50's or so. A really crazy place, practically 3rd world. Yet it managed to produce several of Ireland's most notable poets and authors. (Check out Maurice O'Sullivan's Twenty Years A-Growing.)

10) A Starfish:

Found in a bay outside Dingle town. I'm a sucker for poking around in tidepools.

11) White Flowers:

Nothing special, just an interesting photo of some flowers I saw in one of the ruins.

12) Slea Head:

The westernmost point in Europe! This is probably my favorite photo of the whole bunch. I used to have a bigger version as my desktop, but this little version was all I could find right now.

Hope people enjoyed this!
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Its the first time I have seen a dozen pictures of Ireland without seeing someone sipping a guinness... shame on you.
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Old 08-14-06, 02:33 PM   #4
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So amazing! I would love to visit Ireland and see those for myself! I love the starfish one too! I discovered tide pools on our trip this past week! I could spend all day just playing around there. Too cool, thanks for sharing!
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Ok, how about a poster for it?



I guess I'm not really in to photographing beer, I'd rather be drinking it. At which point I don't bother picking up the camera.
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Hey! My last name is Dingle!!! Cool
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When I went to Ireland, it was when that big hoof and mouth disease scare was going on, so nearly everything was closed. Just as my friend and I were listening on the radio to how Aer Lingus was on strike, and we were wondering how we are going to get home, somebody rear ended us in the rental car. Then Guinness went on strike, to top it off. I got to see and use a lot of disenfectant mats, and not so many castles, but still that was probebly the funnest trip ive ever taken. I just love Ireland, feels just like home. I definatly have to go back. Did get to go to that Rock of Cashel place at least.

Kinda funny, everyone was so freaked out about people walking in sheep doo-doo, and spreading hoof and mouth disease around, so they closed most everything, but since nearly everything was closed, we had to spend a lot of time looking at sheep. Got a whole album of sheep photos, stepped in sheep doo-doo a couple times. If places were open, we wouldnt of been walking through sheep doo-doo, all over the country.
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*gasp* and goosebumps! Those are Sooooo beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing
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Beautiful! Thanks.
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me taking a "nap" at St. James Gate (Guinness Factory), Dublin.

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And these are pretty much the only non-alcohol related picture ive ever taken in Ireland, but they look quite good IMO.



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Old 08-14-06, 08:19 PM   #12
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Wow.....abso-freakin-lutely GORGEOUS!!!

Any sexy librarian types want to go over there with me?
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Did you get to travel across the border at all, into say the north Coast? Damn fine for cyclists and bikers.
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