Thursday, 24 July 2014

Valentia, Geokaun and Portmagee


Valentia, Knightstown and Geokaun




This is the Valentia lifeboat. It is anchored in Knights Town, one of the prettiest villages I have ever visited.


This is Hotel Valentia overlooking the harbour.





Everywhere there were boats and signs of a maritime lifestyle, all beautifully painted and pristine.


The local Tidy Town's committee have done a great job of painting, restoring and preserving. This is an old weigh bridge, all painted up and looking beautiful.


This is the wall that greets you as you come off the ferry.



 What a beautiful way to decorate a boring old fence! In the international language of flags, this display spells Knights' Town.




The old Church of Ireland church is surrounded by a sensory garden.


This looks like an old baptismal font put to a new use.


This is one of the many wooden items in the innovative and different playground.



Below is a shop which has been in the news recently. It is Walsh's and has reopened after 21 years.





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Geokaun


No visitor should leave Valentia without visiting Geokaun. On a clear day you can see for miles and miles some of the most breathtaking views. The drive up the mountain is a bit scary but worthwhile.













This is Portmagee, a lovely little tourist town as you come off the island.




Ballybunion


Another lovely photo from Mike Enright

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A hare photographed by Timothy John MacSweeney.

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Pictures from last Sunday's Glin Swim


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It's a boy




Photographs of Dublin Zoo's new baby elephant are by Patrick Bolger.

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Will you look who's wearing a loom band bracelet now?


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Good luck tonight to the Irish Ladies U 19 football team. A win tonight will see them into the semi finals of the European Championship.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Derrynane, loom band bracelets, Rory McIlroy and a mural in Athea

Tarbert goes west


When I arrived for my break in The Derrynane Hotel I was surprised to see so many Tarbert people in the hotel lobby. It transpired that Joan Murphy was with a Tarbert group on a historical tour of the peninsula when they called in to meet their old friends, David and Mary O'Connor in the Derrynane Hotel before going home.




The hotel is a lovely family run, family friendly retreat in an absolutely beautiful corner of this lovely county.




The view from my hotel room window. The seagull came every morning.



Food miles are kept to a minimum here. This is the hotel's herb garden. 
The O'Connors believe in supporting local producers and everywhere you looked in the hotel, there were local crafts on display and in use.

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Derrynane Fairy Trail

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of the fairy folk and this summer, in the company of my lovely grandchildren, I have enjoyed many fairy related experiences. 

Derrynane is the best.


The woods are dense and the path surrounded by lush greenery. A great habitat for fairies.


The little fairy houses are beautifully constructed and often concealed in the trees. Looking for them was part of the fun.



This is the fairy restroom, a kind of public toilet for fairies who might find themselves short taken while out and about in the woods.


There is a ruined tower in the wood. Nearby a fairy architect has designed a replica for his fairy client.


















I have given you just a taste of this magical place. The Fairy trail is in the woods beside Derrynane House. When you are finished visiting the fairies, you can have tea in the tearooms and visit Daniel O'Connell's chariot. Derrynane beach is also within walking distance so this is an ideal place for a day out with small ones. 

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Loom Banding; Summer 2014's craze


Three year old Cora gets to grips with her loom.

 So many bands, so little time!



You can also make loom bracelets on your fingers.

Voilá

Garvey's Super Valu are having a loom banding day on July 25th next with demonstrations and competitions galore.

By the way I could swear that I noticed that Rory McIlroy wore a band bracelet throughout the Open and his mother was wearing one on Sunday. Rory's Sunday one matched that fashion mistake of  a grey and pink get up that Nike kitted him out in.


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Savannah McCarthy


(Photo from Listowel Celtic's  page)

Savannah and the Ladies U19 Football team will play their semi final in the European Championship on Thursday July 24 2014.

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Homeward Bound


Photo: Athea Tidy Towns

Lovely study of  man and  horse. I love the way the absolute trust between man and beast is conveyed…reins loose and hand in pocket, both in working mode yet totally relaxed…perfect harmony  and understanding.