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Ireland South and West Roscommon  Ireland

Ireland South and West

This is my third trip to Ireland. This time I wanted to see the south and rustic and rugged west coasts of Ireland.

First off, the roads are primitive. There are a few superhighways in Ireland, but for the most part, there are two and even one lane roads with speed limits of 80 to 100 km/h, which is just too darn fast for me.

From Dublin, we zipped south through Kilkenny and had lunch at a pub and watched the big Killkenny vs. Cork Irish hurling match.

Then on to spend a few nights in the lovely southern coastal town of Kinsale, just south of Cork.

Kinsale is a great coastal town. Before the discovery of the Americas, it was considered the end of the world.

Just northwest of Cork is the town of Blarney. Every American knows this is where the Blarney Castle is and of course, the Blarney Stone.

From Kinsale, our base camp moved to the west of Ireland, a town called Kenmare. Kenmare is right between the Ring of Beara to the south and the Ring of Kerry to the north.

From Kenmare, we went to the Cliffs of Moher, then off for a night to the tiny west coast town of Doolin, famous for attracting Irish musicians.

From Doolin, our little car took aim from wet to east of Ireland for the town of Navan and nearby Trim, famous for the Trim Castle (where Braveheart was made) and the Hill of Tara.