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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

St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Please check out the video of my poem and photographs entitled: Coming Home: To The Place Where I Belong

Slainte

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Filed under Ireland 2011, Scotland 2011, Writing

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.

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