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The Burren and Connemara -End of Week 1

Today I backtracked just a bit and dropped off a copy of The Keepers of Eire to Lehinch’s sister shop in Ennis. Then I headed to The Burren, and Poulnabrone, where the second dragon and rider murder takes place.

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Here is more unique limestone formations found in The Burren (guess who wanted to tag along?)

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I met Thomas, who crafts unique Ogham script jewelry and other pieces. He is an artist in many forms including poetry. We exchanged a necklace that says Jordan in the ancient glyph for my book.

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Next up, one of my favorite places-Ballynahinch Castle. But first, I needed to stop into O’Dalaigh Jewellers in Clifden to see Jonathan (he’s in the novel). The shop was quite busy, but I managed to purchase a couple things and chat with him. Forgot to get a photo though, perhaps tomorrow.
Here is the view from my room at Ballynahinch Castle-I have a river-level terrace.

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Dinner in the bar was fabulous with a ribeye cooked to perfection, and for dessert-three samples of crime brûlée and a wee dram of oh-so-smooth Connemara whiskey. More from the lovely grounds here tomorrow. (The site of the third murder). The sun has set about an hour ago (9:30).

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July 16, 2014 · 2:10 pm

May 11

First off- Happy Birthday to my Dad, Lee Martin, even though he passed away in October 1991. I was to find out recently that my dad also wrote. Sorry to say, his writing may have been lost after his death. I know he would be proud of me and I miss him terribly.

On to more of my journey. Today for breakfast I tried white pudding & black pudding-a very popular dish (mostly in UK, but some here), that is really a sausage (think Jimmy Dean, but fattier). The black pudding, or blood pudding, is similar to white pudding except it has pig’s or lamb’s blood mixed in to give it a dark color. I didn’t bring my camera down to breakfast or I’d show you a picture. Anyway, not my favorite-I think one would need to acquire a taste for it.

I found dragons (or at least one white dragon) in the town of Clifden.

I stayed in County Galway, Connemara area because I am staying at Ballynahinch Castle tonight.

The castle grounds holds the Ballynahinch River and Ballynahinch Lake. The lake is where the third murder happens in ‘The Keepers of Eire’. Dylan and his dragon, Tierney, are murdered while Tierney is enjoying a bit of fishing. There is a lovely walk along the river that branches out to a trail around the lake. Yet, I needed to pick the spot with easy car access for my killer to load Dylan’s body after he kills him (all murder victims are taken to Newgrange at Bru na Boyne-to facilitate the passing of souls).

This spot pictured here, while not as picturesque as others, does have easy vehicle access.

Here is a picture of the river from just below my room.

Ballynahinch River from below room 9

A more picturesque view of the lake:

Tomorrow, I off to County Sligo to Carrowmore Cemetary- a bronze age cemetary where the fourth victim in the book, Mary, dies. Stay tuned for this and Newgrange.

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May 9

Could not connect yesterday, so I’ll comment twice. On May 9th I visited the second murder site, Poulnabrone Dolmen in The Burren. This dolmen is about 5 feet tall and the opening faces east.

This dolmen is well known and sits among the limestone landscape. In ‘The Keepers of Eire’ Shannon and her dragon Tara are murdered here.

I tried to lodge in Galway City, but had no luck and headeed to Clifden (about 1 1/2 hours northwest) instead. Stayed at a lovely place: Ben Breen House B & B just on the outskirts of Clifden and went to Cleggan (a tiny fishing village 7km away) for dinner. I had a open faced crab meat sandwich and a Guinness. Talked with several blokes from England here on holiday to fish. We joked about how one of the guys went flying across the cabin during a particularily nasty swell (one bloke even had a short video on his mobile phone-all you could see was the guy’s red jacket fly from one side of the cabin to the other).

Yes, I finally stopped on the road to photograph sheep.

Stopping on the roads is extremely dangerous. First, the roads are very narrow, some can barely contain one car at a time widthwise. Second, the speed at which drivers traverse these roads- 80-100km/hr. Many times when two cars pass, these are only inches separating the mirrors. Thus the reason for extra car insurance.

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