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Added by irishblue on 10 May 2015 03:59
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Colourful Ireland in photos

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What Grandeur in the middle of the forlorn landscape that is Connemara! This is Kylemore Abbey and was recently in the news with University of Notre Dame to Create Centre of Educational Excellence at Kylemore Abbey in Ireland,
Its not often the sea is calm enough to get this picture. The water is the mouth of the River Corrib, which runs through Galway. When the English first invaded Ireland, they didn't cross the Corrib because that was the land of the "Ferocious O'Flahertys"
The boat seen here is a very rare sight. It is a Galway Hooker! This was traditionally a vessel used in trade along the west coast of Ireland.
The Corrib River at high water. There is a bridge to the left and there is barely any headroom over the water. To the right is the Salmon Weir, where during the season fishermen are often in the water in waders rod fishing in search of the wary salmon. On the bridge people stop to watch the salmon make their way up the river to their spawning grounds. The other side of the river is the eel fishery where hundreds of eels can be seen caught in nets awaiting harvest.
Quay St, Galway. The photo is taken from the Spanish Arch end, looking towards High St. and Shop St. which are all pedestrianised. A Mecca for tourists it is often referred to as Galway's Latin Quarter.
There are two famous pubs on this end of the street.
The canopies on the right are in front of the Quays. Further up across the street is Tigh Neachtain's. Both of these pubs are well worth a visit, even if only to sample their excellent Guinness.
On the left at the front of the picture is McDonaghs, a must for fish lovers!
Quay St. from the other side with Tigh Neachtain on the right.
Kiran's Lane just off Quay St. Galway
Christmas tradition for some hardy souls.
O it may be some day I'll go back to Ireland
If it's only at the closing of my day,
For to see again the moon rise over Claddagh
And to watch the sun go down on Galway Bay.
Another view of Galway Bay
Colours delightful in Dublin City. The Liffey River and the Ha'penny Bridge a pedestrian bridge was built in 1816.
The Holyhead ferry in Dublin port
Cliffs of Moher, probably the most visited site in Ireland. As you stand on the precipice the next land to be seen would be the shores on the USA
O'Brien's Tower, at the Cliffs of Moher, built 1835
Taken a long time ago with a Nokia phone, so forgive the quality. Loughrea Lake on a calm day
Taken a long time ago with a Nokia phone, so forgive the quality. The Grey building on the left was originally a workhouse, built to provide shelter to the starving peasants during the Great Famine (An Gorta Mór), now community hospital and old folks home.
Most workhouses were massively overcrowded, often with 5 or 6 to a bed, with thousands destitute on the roadside. Sometimes, some of those still alive (barely) would be sharing a bed with the dead often for weeks at a time. Dead bodies were not awarded any respect, and were shifted by wheelbarrow, often to be dumped in mass graves to the rear of the property. Funding of these institutions was sparse since it came from landlords and they generally wanted the population of the Catholic peasantry to drop. In fact that was government policy. What better way to achieve this than to withhold any food and money.
During this time, Ireland was exporting food, and theft of a turnip resulted in hanging or "transportation" to the "Penal Colonies" (Australia).
Taken a long time ago with a Nokia phone, so forgive the quality

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Posted: 2 years ago at May 12 9:59
Beautiful
Posted: 2 years ago at May 20 15:36
Ah, Kylemore abbey :) I had been thinking of doing an Irish list/gallery, but maybe I'll just do Connemara, where we stayed on one lovely holiday, or wider Galway/Mayo area too. We also stayed in Kerry on another holiday and visited the Cliffs of Moher.
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Beautiful list!
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