May 10

Yesterday, I said I’d post twice, but all the driving I’ve done (over 1300 km) finally caught up to me. I spent a leisurely day hiking Diamond Peak(445 km) in Connemara National Park, County Galway. The park covers 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heather, grasslands, and woodlands. Some of the park’s mountains, Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack-to name a few-are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.

Then I took the harrowing journey up Sky Road-starts at the town of Clifden and travels up and around to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This drive is mostly on a gravel road that is no wider than one car with a long dropoff on one side and vegetation and rock on the other. One place to park, take photos, and settle your nerves.

I arranged lodging at Dan O’Hara’s Farmhouse and was treated to their Heritage & History Center in which I saw Dan O’Hara’s pre-potato famine homestead (two room cottage-considered posh & roomy in the 1840’s) and a terf cutting demonstration.

Thatched-roof cottage- part of Dan O’Hara’s Farmhouse.

Tomorrow, I’ll view Ballynahinch Lake where the 3rd murder in “The Keepers of Eire’ takes place. I’ll also stay the night at Ballynahinch Castle.


Filed under Ireland 2011

5 responses to “May 10

  1. Nothing like hands on research! I have had the pleasure of visiting Ireland several times and worked a lot of the scenery into my own novels. Best of luck with your writing, Jordan!

    • Pat, so sorry that I didn’t respond to your post. I thought I had May 14 when next I had internet access, but my response never got posted. While printing out excerpts from the trip to read at an open mic event, I realized my error.
      I had a wonderful time in Ireland. I was able to see quite a bit of what I needed to for the manuscript. Several times the setting needed to be altered in my story to match the actual landscape. I even changed one location completely. The country and people were welcoming and I will definitely be returning, perhaps for the launch of The Keepers of Éire (fingers crossed). I hope the photos brought rememberances of your own travels.
      Sláinte, Jordan

  2. Aunt Bobbie

    What a trip Debbie! Hiking .. now we’re talking. Any bears? … lol
    (private joke)

  3. Kathy Urban

    I’m glad you’re having so much fun. I love all the pictures.

  4. John mcmichael

    Like the photo of diamond hill in the national park.

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