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    #16
    Well Eileen, You must be blessed!. THere has been nothing but damp, drizzly weather since you left and last weekend was freezing! I had invited another Mum from Dublin with a boy with SCI up to Donegal over halloween holidays. THey arrived tUesday and left today and didn't get a chance to see/do anything. I had big plans for trips to adventure parks, horseriding and sight seeing but the mountains were covered in cloud-the lakes grey and no horse would even leave a cosy stable in such weather! So the children passed the time in the pool and hanging out- boys against girls, Noirin has a brother and Sean a sister and the one-up-man-ship between our two wheelchair users was great craic! and of course the mutual counselling session between Mums went on till 3 this morning over a baileys coffee, wine and a cosy fire so not all bad!
    I love the area you were staying-worked as a waitress in Lisdoonvarna in summer during college-fond memories. Glada you enjoyed yourself and thankyou for doing your bit for Irish Tourism ! Take care, Sonia.

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      #17
      You are so lucky to be able to travel to Ireland. I have been giving serious thought to moving to a remote corner of Ireland for the summer sometime. I can still walk a bit, so it would not have to be all that accessible. It is just a dream though.
      Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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        #18
        I'm so glad you had a good time, Eileen! I've been hoping all went well as far as accessibility goes. I'd love to see some photos if you have the time to post them!

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          #19
          Thank you all for the welcome home messages! I did luck out with the weather, which would have been considered exceptional for almost anywhere, but for Ireland that much sunshine in a row is a bit of a miracle. For those of you wanting to go to Ireland I can't express how much I hope that you can. I should be getting my pictures back in a couple of days and will post a few here for all to see just how magnificent it is.
          Betheny, this time I spent three days in County Clare, specifically in Lahinch, one of my favorite places on earth, and then moved on to the house I had rented on the Renvyle Pennisula in Co. Galway. Out of family loyalty I always spend some time in Co. Clare, as my family hails from Ennistymon, which is right near the famous Cliffs of Moher (800 ft high!) and also practically on top of an area known as The Burren. For those of you who have never heard of The Burren it is a magical place filled with limestone karst, more variety of wildflowers than anywhere in Europe, and lakes that appear after a heavy rainstorm, and then the next day disappear as the water drains through the relatively porous limestone. When I was there this time it was Labor Day in Ireland, and much like three day weekends everywhere people were bustling about and enjoying the weather and scenery. I saw an entire rope climbing group giving a go at one of the sheer rocky cliffs in The Burren, and while not particularly high it is amazing to me that they could get any foothold to climb at all. The reason it has such a huge variety of wildflowers, including arctic varieties, is that so many birds from all over Europe nest there in the winter, depositing the seeds when they arrive, and those seeds find the temperatures and moist conditions very favorable to growth. I have made many trips to Ireland over the last thirty years though, so I have been to every part, including the north, except for the south east corner. Dingle is another amazing area, as as I am sure you know, the movie Ryan's Daughter was filmed on Dingle.

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            #20
            Skippy, if you could go I think you would find it refreshing for mind, body, and soul

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              #21
              Sonia,
              My family is from Ennistymon, so needless to say I have been to Lisdoonvarna many times, including this latest trip! The signs were still up from last months "Matchmaking" festival, and while the festival was over the town seemed a little busier than usual. Perhaps leftovers who made a connection.

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                #22
                Originally posted by Eileen View Post
                Skippy, if you could go I think you would find it refreshing for mind, body, and soul
                That is precisely the reason I wish to go somewhere like you did. It is a good way to reconnect to the spirit.

                I have also thought about getting a cottage on a remote scottish island but have no idea about how to go about it. I have some things I must work through and need the time and peace to do so. The rest of my life depends on it.
                Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                  #23
                  Skippy, like all things these days, one can find even a remote cottage through the internet. I used a company at www.holidaylettings.co.uk
                  They post pictures of the houses and cottages, so you have some advanced idea of what you are renting, stairs, and what bedrooms and kitchen look like. Needless to say, most of the world is not concerned about bathroom configurations, so that is sometimes either a leap of faith or you have the ability to contact the owner to ask specific questions.

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                    #24
                    Belfast

                    Hi Eileen,

                    Lovely to hear you had such a great time. My wife and I went to Belfast (her home town) and Fermanagh in June. Belfast is bustling with life; the pubs and restaurants are always crammed, but we had the best of times. If you haven't been there yet, GO! The lakes of Fermanagh offer the loveliest scenery and the surrounding towns (e.g. Enniskillen) are full of nice old shops and pubs. If you ever need advice about how to go and where to stay, don't hesitate to ask.

                    Cheers,

                    Erik

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by egovaers View Post
                      Hi Eileen,

                      Lovely to hear you had such a great time. My wife and I went to Belfast (her home town) and Fermanagh in June. Belfast is bustling with life; the pubs and restaurants are always crammed, but we had the best of times. If you haven't been there yet, GO! The lakes of Fermanagh offer the loveliest scenery and the surrounding towns (e.g. Enniskillen) are full of nice old shops and pubs. If you ever need advice about how to go and where to stay, don't hesitate to ask.

                      Cheers,

                      Erik
                      Thanks Erik! I have been to Belfast, several times actually. My first trip was at the height of "the troubles" and it was very tense, and having guns pointed at me by the British army as they drove through the streets in saracens wasn't a lot of fun. Having been back in more peaceful times made it far easier to enjoy what a beautiful city Belfast can be, and certainly anything in the rural areas is gorgeous. The mountains of Mourne will live in my memory forever as a spot of unique beauty. If I go back I will definitely find out where to stay from you and your wife, as your knowledge is far more recent than mine. Thanks!

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                        #26
                        dunno what to say except thx. ireland been only place i want to go before i die. been almost everywhere else. don't think i'll make it, though. but your prose, eileen, was akin to the poet's. ty.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by cass View Post
                          dunno what to say except thx. ireland been only place i want to go before i die. been almost everywhere else. don't think i'll make it, though. but your prose, eileen, was akin to the poet's. ty.
                          Thank you very much Cass, and I sure hope you make it to Ireland. I just posted some photos.

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                            #28
                            Eileen

                            Glad you enjoyed your trip and got home safe. Discover Ireland owes you for the free publicity. Next time you will have to head up to Donegal. When we were driving through the Glenties - it was like a scene from War of the Worlds - the heather was this amazing red. Sean thought he was in a Desert. It rained the whole time. So come back soon and bring the sun.

                            Go n-éirigh an bóthar leat - may the road rise with you

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by soimumireland View Post
                              Eileen

                              Glad you enjoyed your trip and got home safe. Discover Ireland owes you for the free publicity. Next time you will have to head up to Donegal. When we were driving through the Glenties - it was like a scene from War of the Worlds - the heather was this amazing red. Sean thought he was in a Desert. It rained the whole time. So come back soon and bring the sun.

                              Go n-éirigh an bóthar leat - may the road rise with you

                              Thank you, and I will definitely be back. It is just a matter of time and saving the necessary money to do so! I figure I am due for Donegal very soon, as the trip before this was to the Beara pennisula in Cork, the one before that to Dublin, and now this one to Connemara. Yep, Donegal should be next, and I hope we can meet up when I am able to make it over again!

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