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December 2017, Wild West of Ireland ©
R. Craig Collins, 2017/8
Maps of where we went, and where we have been on previous trips
To the travel blog, and of course the pictures,
DL 44 9:20
Ripley Court Hotel, Dublin
King John's Castle
Limerick City Museum
Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable
Ripley Court Hotel
Bus, Dart, LUAS Leap pass for visitors
Google Destinations, some of the things we may do in Sligo
Railway Schedule to Sligo
Google Destinations, some of the things we may do in Galway
Railway Schedule to Galway
Google Destinations, some of the things we may do in Limerick
Railway Schedule to Limerick
Google Destinations, some of the things we may do in Waterford
Railway Schedule to Waterford
The Trip (Scroll down for A LOT OF DETAILS on places visited, and of course, the pictures)
Friday, Sligo: Cab Tour of the countryside
Saturday, Galway: Latin Quarter, the Hall of the Red Earl, Spanish Arch Watchtower and City Museums
Sunday, Limerick: King John's Castle, Hunt Museum, Limerick City Museum
Monday, Waterford: Clock Tower, Reginald's Tower, Medieval Museum, Bishop's Palace, Waterford Crystal, Blackfriars Abby, Beach Tower
Fixed sausage biscuits for breakfast
10:00am Austin FastPark & Relax Parking,
tipped Driver $1.00
TSA PreCheck through security, and found our gate. I squatted to open my bag and heard my pants split.
Grabbed some Breakfast tacos from Maudie's for lunch, $5.95
Planes started backing up, so a quick gate change, and we were the first to great Chloe.
1:25pm -6:00pm DL 1907
Sat next to a mother and little baby boy who we tried to amuse, and who amused us.
3:48 hr Layover JFK; we arrived at T4 Gate 20, and found out we were leaving from the same gate.
While waiting to board, we laughed to ourselves at an American with red shaved hair giving trip advise to other travelers.
9:48pm-9:20am Thursday DL 44
10:30 Passport control, and bathroom break.
Then we walked to the 747 bus stop, and stood in the cold until a scheduled bus actually arrived.
10:45 747 Bus to Connolly Station using 24 hr Bus, Dart, LUAS Leap pass for visitors that we purchased before we got to Ireland.
11:15 Walk down the street from Connolly Station to check into Ripley Court Hotel
Emergency run back to the Airport using the 747 to retrieve my iPad left on plane; Alma retrieved it for us, then back to the hotel.
1:00pm Check into hotel, room 306.
Unpacked, then walked to Connolly Station to Check on Trekker card;
Price €110 each. Sold only at Irish train station ticket offices
Grabbed some Fish & Chips at Star Pizza, conveniently located between the hotel and Connolly, €12,00
No real view from our room, but we loved the view in the hallway as we headed to the lift.
4:00 walked Talbot street, went into Dunnes and got a new pair of black pants, €11,00!
Walked around Talbot street a bit more
The Millennium Spire, Talbot/Earl/Henry at O'Connell
Stopped at Dealz on the way back to the hotel and grabbed some cookies, €1,50.
We watched the ITV version of the "Chase," but instead of the Beast, it was the Governess; then a crazy dating show called "Take me Out."
7:45 Board Train
The town of Sligo, in the north of Ireland, straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay.
Rosses Point (views and beaches)→
11:05 Sligo Tours
Modified Yeats-Benbulben taxi tour with Gerard, €100. Great guide, stopped when ever we wanted.
Lissadell House, where Yeats stayed. The house was the childhood home of Irish revolutionary, Constance Gore-Booth, her sister the poet and suffragist,
Benbulbin in the distance
https://youtu.be/HnietGZHiOs Video from around Sligo: Rosses Point
Drumcliffe ( site of St. Columba’s Church, the final resting place of W B Yeats, the Cross of Columcille, the and Round Tower)
Picked up brochures, and bought a booklet on Yeats epitaph €0,50
I saw a lane down to the Drumcliff River, and sheep.
Classiebawn Castle, near Mullaghmore; the holiday home of the late Lord Mountbatten
https://youtu.be/OgBCWNc3tsk Video from around Sligo: Between Rosses Point , Streedagh Point, and Mullaghmore
https://youtu.be/vSnsWpswaz0 Video from around Sligo: Between Rosses Point , Streedagh Point, and Mullaghmore
https://youtu.be/W5oNYgpgNP4 Video from around Sligo: Between Rosses Point , Streedagh Point, and Mullaghmore
https://youtu.be/BKT6wNetXNQ Video from around Sligo: Between Rosses Point , Streedagh Point, and Mullaghmore
Back to Mullaghmore, Classiebawn Castle, the holiday home of the late Lord Mountbatten
https://youtu.be/12KrxUOusfk Video from around Sligo: Mullaghmore, Classiebawn Castle, the holiday home of the late Lord Mountbatten
To Horseshoe Canyon, between Benwisken and Tievebaun, with Benbulbin behind
Near Gleniff Barytes mill site
https://youtu.be/Ote1ceDzvqg Video from around Sligo: Waterfall near Gleniff Barytes mill site in the Horseshoe Canyon, Yeats Country, County Sligo
3:00 Gerard dropped us across from Sligo Catholic Cathedral
St. John's Cathedral, Church of Ireland
Walking around Sligo
Garavogue River walk, Sligo
Yeats Society House, Sligo
https://youtu.be/oTKTZqBfgxs Video from around Sligo: Store Window in Sligo
We stopped at a Tesco and got Stax crisps and some chocolate dots for €2,00, and marveled at the packaged Peat bundles for sale.
5:30 back to MacDiarmada Station
Not too much was open in the area, so we had pizza at Star Pizza, €6,00.
8:45-9:00 The plan: Connolly to Heuston on LUAS, using the Leap cards, then on to Galway... continuing to use the 4 day trekker cards.
Actually, we got to Connolly and saw that most Red Lines did not depart from this Spur station, so we walked 3inutes down to Busárus.
Area of the Busárus LUAS stop
Hall of the Red Earl http://www.galwaycivictrust.ie/index.php/projects/27-hall-of-the-red-earl Free, Saturday 10-13
Latin Quarter http://thelatinquarter.ie/ and http://thisisgalway.ie/the-latin-quarter/
1:00 Just around the corner from the hall of the Red Earl was Quay street, just south of Middle street;
The Fisheries Watchtower Museum http://www.galwaycivictrust.ie/index.php/projects/33-fishery-watchtower-museum Saturday 11-15
We then walked back toward Quay street...
Today The Spanish Arch is home to the Galway City Museum.
Galway City Museum http://www.galwaycitymuseum.ie/ Free, Saturday: 10-17
After visiting the museum, we wandered up to the Christmas Market Eyre Square, boasting over 50 stalls. 10am - 10pm
Eyre Square Free, and open 24 hours. Eyre Square, featuring grassy areas, trees, sculptures & a playground is also known as John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
There is also Eyre Square Center, that includes part of the old City Walls within.
Back out to Eyre Square and the Christmas Market, including a helter-skelter.
We wandered back and forth, going up and down St. Augustine street,
4:00 Back near the Red Earl's court, we had a carrot cake and hot drinks at the Lane Cafe. €9,30
We then headed back toward Eyre Square, and bought some cards, ~€1,00
4:45-5:00 Galway Ceannt Station, snacked on crackers we brought from the US. (We got tired of those crackers and cookies...)
5:20 Galway Ceannt to Dublin Heuston Intercity train,
17:20-19:54 No Changes
8:00 -8:15 LUAS to Connolly
Near the hotel, we tried a Supermac, €10,20.
9:30-9:45 Connolly to Heuston on LUAS
Train delayed, we got off as we were worried about making our connection and though we should wait for the next train.
Some Irish cats
Approaching King John's Castle
King John's Castle https://www.shannonheritage.com/KingJohnsCastle/ October- December: 9.30am - 5.00pm €10.50 Online
The River Shannon, by King John's Castle
First we visited the exhibits in the new building, then dropped down to the casements to see original walls
Then, out into the courtyard.
Excavation of the Great Hall
We then walked to the Mint, the tower beyond the chapel in upper left hand side of the excavation (see arrow above) for a great view back at the dig, and the Shannon
On to the main battlements, over the Gatehouse, to the 13th Century Armoury
Looking back past the Chapel, the Great Hall dig site... toward the Mason's tower, and the Shannon
View from the top of the Armoury tower
Back to the yard, and into the Visitor's center
The rain started, just as we got in the visitor center
A model of the castle and area in better years
The current area
Lunch! The kind lady on staff was delighted at our compliments, and told us she made it all with her own two hands,
Shopping break, €21,60
https://youtu.be/LTWpF5iO6Qo Video from King John's Castle
Then we headed to the Hunt Museum, but stopping for pictures along the way... first looking North toward the Bishop's Palace,
the Bishop's Palace,
and Michael Hogan, the Bard of Thomond
On the south side of the Castle was the Windows Alms house
We walked to the River to get on last exterior shot of the castle
We like that they were trying to salvage old buildings, at least what they could.
Next to St. Mary's was the Exchange Wall
Just before the Potato Market, there was a community garden
The Potato Market
3:00, walk to Hunt Museum
Hunt Museum http://www.huntmuseum.com/ Sunday 2pm - 5pm EVERY Sunday FREE!
As antique dealers and advisors to collectors, John and Gertrude Hunt built a thriving business and also began to acquire
No pictures allowed inside the Museum. One odd item, to maximize space, they have a lot of items in drawers... like a Picasso.
4:45 walk to Limerick Colbert Station; some parts were nicely lit. We had hoped to stop at the Milk Market, but the fair closed at 4:00.
5:15, arrive at the station, and saw a train to Dublin was about to leave, so we scrapped our 18:20-20:31 (No changes) plan,
8:45-9:00 LUAS to Abbye stop, and we grabbed chocolate buttons at SuperValu, €4,40
9:30-9:45 Connolly to Heuston on LUAS
Train Stop in Kildare. The Wifi was not great, so I fired up the Skyroam hot spot, and we checked in for our flight back.
Stop in Kilkenny, with Kilkenny Castle on the hill
We passed so many old ruins, but also beautiful green countryside... and this is December.
The train station was just over the County Line between Kilkenny and Waterford, with some rocky hills behind.
We then crossed the River Suir to Waterford, and began walking toward the Clock Tower.
Plunkett to Clock Tower (11 minute walk)
We then walked down Merchant's Quay toward Reginald's Tower, passing some interesting sculpture in the Roundabouts.
We bought some cards €1,00
Reginald's Tower part of the Waterford Museum of Treasures http://www.waterfordtreasures.com/ €5.00/each Daily - 9.30 - 17.30
Reginald's Tower was built by the Anglo-Normans upon the site of a Viking fort. The original tower may date to 1003 A.D. In 1185 Prince John of England landed in Waterford and organized the rebuilding of the city's defenses. The present tower may have been constructed between 1253 and 1280.
The tower is 54 feet high; its horizontal cross section is circular. It is 42½ feet in diameter and is surmounted by a conical roof. A spiral staircase ascends within the thick walls - these are 10 feet wide at the base, tapering down to 7 feet at the top.
The tower currently houses the Waterford Viking Museum.
Our luck, free admission to the Tower, due to WinterVal festivities.
Pretty obvious why they call this the Viking Triangle.
It's not a trip to Europe unless we climb impossibly narrow and steep stairs in a tower...
Tower Cutaway model
Now on to the other museums of the "Waterford Treasures"
Medieval Museum part of the Waterford Museum of Treasures http://www.waterfordtreasures.com/
Entry is through part of an old tower, in the gift shop
The Medieval Museum includes two medieval chambers, the 13th century Choristers’ Hall...
...and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault.
It also contains the only surviving piece of clothing worn by Henry VIII, a cap of maintenance awarded to the Mayor of Waterford,
We then walked around the corner to the Bishop's Palace, but wisely started in the cafe.
Sambos, chips, and salad, €23,00
Bishop's Palace part of the Waterford Museum of Treasures http://www.waterfordtreasures.com/
The Bishop's Palace Museum is a 250-year-old Georgian structure and contains artifacts dating from 17th century Waterford to the present day.
The oldest surviving piece of Waterford Crystal, a Penrose decanter which dates back to 1789
The top floor of the building is dedicated to stories specific to Waterford's history, such as Ballybricken’s pig markets, Waterford’s Home Rule story, the Waterford during the First World War, the War of Independence in Waterford, childhood and household living in Waterford.
House of Waterford Crystal https://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com/ €12.15/each Mon - Fri: 9.30am to 3.15pm
Christ Church Cathedral, and some of the Winterval Christmas fair stall, and the Viking Statues
Greyfriars/French Church http://waterfordvikingtriangle.com/attractions/churches/greyfriars/
Blackfriars Abbey Ruins https://www.waterfordcivictrust.ie/blackfriars
Winterval Christmas Market, in City Square
We bough some gifts, € 10,00
We grabbed more cards, €4,00.
We stopped at O'Brien's for Christmas Pudding (LOTS of raisins) and hot drinks, and grabbed some toasties for the train. €7,00/10,50.
Time to head back to the train station
https://youtu.be/RyJn7fy4I78 Video of Waterford at night
6:00 to Waterford (Plunkett)
Train Waterford (Plunkett) to Dublin Heuston train 18:25-20:38
8:45-9:00 LUAS to Connolly
9:00 Grabbed some donuts at SuperValu for €2,50 for breakfast, and packed.
7:40 Cab to the Airport was a bit late, €35,00
A fitting last picture of this trip
Then it was American Security, but we used our Global Entry to get through fairly quickly, then waited to board
1:55pm arrived JFK
Took the Jitney to Terminal 2 for our long layover.
4:25 Hour Layover JFK
Had some chai and latte from World Bean, $9.80
Later, we split a Monte Cristo at Croque Madam, then grabbed some M&Ms. $16/8.03
6:20-10:00 DL 2037
Grabbed the shuttle to the parking lot, $2.00 tip, and $73.50 for Parking
11:02, arrived home
Near Connolly Station