Posted by: mdmusingsie | August 9, 2012

Turasóir arís, cuid a trí

One of my very favorite places in Ireland was our next excursion – the Wicklow Mountains.   The photos below do not do it justice.  This is the first time I’ve also had the luxury of time to take a walk through Glendalough Park to both the lower and upper lakes. Peace and quiet in the amazing forest and tranquility that water seems to emanate, abound in the area.

The monastery ruins are always worth a visit which includes a round tower and St. Kevin’s church or “kitchen” which has an amazing stone roof.

Our Paddywagon tour stopped next at the impressive Brownshill Dolmen in County Cavan, a rival to the popular Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren in County Clare.

Last stop was in Kilkenny where we had time to explore either the castle or other sites in town.  I had visited the castle last year but my visiting friend had never been, so we did the castle tour.  It’s an impressive structure of a slightly more modern nature (1800’s, although the west tower dates to the 13th century).  Photos aren’t allowed inside, so you’ll just have to check it out yourself.

On the bus back to Dublin we listened to the gold medal Olympic boxing match involving Katie Taylor (Irish athlete for the non-Irish readers).  I suspect a very high percentage of the Irish population was listening or watching this momentous event.  Congratulations to Katie for achieving a victory and Ireland’s only gold medal in this Olympics.

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