Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Oh what scenery!

We set out early travelling through Macroom where I saw these Celtic crosses and of course had to stop and take a photo. Today we have travelled the first of two beautiful peninsulas here in Ireland. We started out around the famous Ring of Kerry, going through Kenmare where we had a look around for lace. The history of Lace making in Kenmare goes back to the Great Famine of the 1840s. The Clare nuns led by Sr Mary Frances Cusack organised Lace making workshops to help the Kenmare people resulting in being a life tradition to the present day.We found a shop with the most beautiful lace but managed to resist buying!

We went on through Castlecove, a small resort with fine sandy beaches. The coast has created natural rock pools and there are exquisite sandy coves dotted underneath the cliffs. We drove on to Derrynane Bay, home to the late Daniel O Connell "The Liberator", passing through marvellous, wild countryside with houses scattered here and there and the most magnificent stone fences. On to Ballinskelligs Bay which is a Gaeltacht (where Irish is spoken).We stayed at Murphy's Farm at Boolteens, chosen because of Jill Murphy! Very good choice! Marie and I went to the local for a meal and met up with Martin (pronounced Maaaaretin) Driver and his old grandad eating boiled cabbage or something.

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