Tag Archives: Galway

Ireland 2019: Our Galway Girl

Our oldest granddaughter Sophie decided to make a video of herself dancing all over Galway as a souvenir from our week-long visit to Galway last Summer. I was able to capture a few of her dance steps here and there.

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Ireland 2019: Connemara, Part Four — Ross Errily Friary

There are more than 100 medieval monastic sites lying in ruins all over Ireland. Followers of St Patrick began building them in the 6th century. Viking raiders began destroying them in the 9th century. Norman conquerors began building more in … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Connemara, Part Three — Cong

In the summer of 1951 legendary Hollywood film director John Ford descended on the tiny village of Cong in western Ireland and commenced filming what would the following year result in his receiving his fourth Academy Award for Best Director. … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Connemara, Part Two — Killary Harbour and Lough Nafooey

Connemara Man: Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only fjord. Wicklow Woman: Not True. There are many fjords in eastern Ireland. Wicklow has two, in fact. Connemara Man: They are fjards, not fjords. Wicklow Woman: Fjords, fjards. Who cares?* (see note at … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Connemara, Part One — Kylemore Abbey

Connemara is the name of the area of County Galway that is bounded by Killary Fjord on the north, Galway Bay on the south and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. There have been many arguments as to what constitutes … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Knock Shrine

Portugal has its Fatima and France has its Lourdes. Ireland has its national Marian Shrine, too, and it is located in a tiny village called Knock in County Mayo about 70 kilometers north of the city of Galway. On Saturday … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: My Biggest Surprise

We have experienced a lot of surprises on our annual overseas jaunts these last few decades. Here’s the story of our biggest surprise in last year’s visit to Ireland: It was a Friday and our fifth day in Galway and … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Aran Islands, Part One

The Day after our trip to the Cliffs of Moher (see here) we visited the island of Inishmore, the largest of the three Aran Islands in the Atlantic Ocean just off Galway Bay. The Aran Islands are recognized as the … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Galway’s Magdalen Laundry

We ventured back and forth between Galway’s New Coach Station and our Eyre Square Townhouse hotel several times during our one-week stay in Galway. On one day we exited the bus station after our trip to the Cliffs of Moher … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Siege of Dunguaire Castle

Ireland is a besieged nation. Its castles and walled cities have been besieged for centuries. The Norman conquest of Ireland began with the Siege of Wexford in 1169. The Cromwellian conquest was completed with the Siege of Galway in 1652. … Continue reading

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