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Our trip to Waterford, Killarney, Dublin
and the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
October 1-12, 2009

Museum, Inch Beach, An Droichead Beag


Page 1: Prep and Travel.
Page 2: Fri - Waterford Castle.
Page 3: Sat - Blarney Castle and Stone Cottage.
Page 4: Sun - Sheepherding, Food & Wine Fest, Unlading.
Page 5: Mon - Ponies and Blasket Ecotour,.
Page 6: Tue - Museum, Inch Beach and An Droichead Beag.
Page 7: Wed - Brandon Mountain and Laundry.
Page 8: Thu - Killarney, Lamb, and John Benny Moriarty’s.
Page 9: Fri - Dingle, Car, and Birthday.
Page 10: Sat thru Mon - Dublin and Return Home.
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Museum, Inch Beach, An Droichead Beag

Tuesday, October 6

The “view” from the cottage in the rain:




When we woke up, early today at 7:45, the skies were dark and it was raining heavily! We had been planning to visit Killarney today but, because of the weather, we decided to go to Inch Beach instead, with a stop on the way at the small Celtic and Prehistoric Museum we’d passed repeatedly on the Slea Head Route through Kilvicadownig, Ventry . After breakfast, I dressed for extreme cold, and we all piled in the car.

Graigue, Ventry, and Inch Beach:




Our expectations regarding the museum were not high so I was blown away when I entered the first room of the exhibit and came face to face with a HUGE woolly mammoth skull; complete, with its tusks intact! Mounted at eye level, it was beyond impressive! The second photo below give an idea of its size.

Woolly mammoth skull:




Woolly mammoth skull:




Woolly mammoth skull from the side:


The museum had a small store, with some unique and humorous items, where I bought a small dragon and some books. We didn’t linger, though, as KC was anxious to get to the beach. In the car once again, Herb suggested we drive around the other side of Dingle Harbor, so we turned down a ˝ lane road called Burnam. The houses in this area were gorgeous but I was too busy looking at them and didn’t get any pictures!. We drove to the stable at end of the road where two dogs greeted us with a chorus of loud barking. As soon as KC and Herb got out of the car, though, their bravery disappeared and they left us alone.

Dingle Harbor and location of Holden Leathergoods Factory:




On our way back to R559 we stopped at the Holden Leather Goods factory which we’d seen on the way in. We can now testify that they truly are handmade! Elke bought a gorgeous, huge, tote in rust colored leather embossed with a basketweave. It was the last one or I would have bought one, too.

The road we were on:




The cottage for sale next to the factory:




The beach next to the cottage:


From there we drove down to Inch Beach where we had a quick lunch in Sammy’s to fortify ourselves for our walk in this inclement weather. Herb and Elke decided to wait for us in Sammy’s. I bundled up (similar to my getup for the Ecotour) and met KC on the beach.

The walk out was deceivingly easy because the wind was at our backs, although I WAS fighting not to be blown into the sea. We didn’t make it all the way to the end of the beach, which kept getting farther away the closer we got to it, but we decided to turn back after an hour because KC was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to walk against the wind which would now be in our faces.

Barb, bundled and ready for our walk along the beach:




KC after chasing down his hat:




The walk back was much harder but it seemed to be shorter because we could see where we were headed. We used ‘landmarks’ along the way as goals and were dismayed when a large rock turned out to be a dead seal, it’s head stripped of flesh and a large chunk taken out of its body. Yuck!

When we got back to Sammy’s, Herb and Elke were patiently waiting for us, having visited the small bookstore (where Elke found a paperback version of the book she’d been enjoying in the cottage, Hungry for Home , about the Blasket islanders. We treated ourselves to dessert (black forest cake for KC, homemade apple tarte for Herb and Elke, and homemade cheesecake for me), while Herb regaled us with some very funny stories about how he got into, and through, law school, and then we returned to the cottage. There would be music at An Droichead Beag tonight and we needed to be there by 8pm to get a seat close to the musicians….

Rainy weather on the way home from Inch Beach:




One of the few times we spent relaxing in the cottage:


At 6:30 Elke mixed up the beef we’d bought for a meatloaf and put it in the freezer for later. I scrambled the eggs Phil had left for us (she had brought over 6 more that morning) and we had a quick dinner at 7pm. We were on the road at 7:42 and in the bar at exactly 8pm! We played cribbage until the music started, at around 9:30. Elke and KC’s luck had changed and the score was now HB=3 EK=2 with one skunk apiece.

Dinner is served, cold cuts and fresh free-range eggs:




Tonight there was John Brown on the guitar, of course, Michael on the accordion (?), a whistle player and a bodhran player. The music was phenomenal – they played so many lively catchy tunes and did both of my requests – Galway Girl and I’ll Tell Me Ma. I didn’t take any pictures because I have so many on my other blogs.

Herb’s surreal shot of the musicians:




Barb, in heaven:




When the music ended Herb gave John a small token of his appreciation, a gesture that I’m ashamed to admit we should have been doing all along and will certainly do from now on. Afterwards, we hung out with Michael, his terrific girlfriend, Olivia, Sean, Tony, and the bodhran player who happened to be from Chicago!

When we got home I tried to update my journal but I was too tired. We hit the hay at 1am.

Page 1: Prep and Travel.
Page 2: Fri - Waterford Castle.
Page 3: Sat - Blarney Castle and Stone Cottage.
Page 4: Sun - Sheepherding, Food & Wine Fest, Unlading.
Page 5: Mon - Ponies and Blasket Ecotour,.
Page 6: Tue - Museum, Inch Beach and An Droichead Beag.
Page 7: Wed - Brandon Mountain and Laundry.
Page 8: Thu - Killarney, Lamb, and John Benny Moriarty’s.
Page 9: Fri - Dingle, Car, and Birthday.
Page 10: Sat thru Mon - Dublin and Return Home.
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Note to self: bring the following next time: boat shoes, knife sharpener, speakers for MP3 player, adaptor plug.

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